Events this coming week

Week beginning Monday 18th March

LIVING LENT CHALLENGE

One of the pledges we made as part of our Eco Church Silver Award was to periodically place articles in our notices to keep issues around Climate Change in the minds of our congregation. 2018 was not a good year for the planet. The fourth warmest year on record. Extreme weather events across the world, Cape Town experiencing the worst recorded drought in its history, 8 million tonnes of plastic found in our oceans, approximately one third of food produced globally going to waste and greenhouse gases continuing to rise. Low lying Pacific islanders facing relocation as sea levels rise. The list goes on and according to the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) we are not on track to keep global temperature rises below a safe limit. Their report calls on us all, individuals as well as Governments to make unprecedented and far reaching changes to our life styles.

In The Methodist Recorder (February 22, 2019) The Methodist Church Living Lent challenge offers us as Christians an opportunity recognise this challenge together. Over the coming weeks of Lent we are invited to join The President of Conference, our District Chair, Rev. Rachel Parkinson and others in taking steps to tackle climate change. Each week we are set a challenge to play our small part to make a difference. Next week challenge 1. “Take up an alternative form of transport.”

                                                                                                Church Eco Group

THIS WEEK’S LENT CHALLENGE

Take up an alternative form of transport

For some this is a difficult challenge as we have become so used to our cars – ready for us whenever we want them, rather like electricity at the flick of a switch or pure quality drinking water at the twist of the tap, yet it is estimated that burning fuel for our cars has contributed to 0.6 degrees of climate change. That’s over 1/3 of the 1.5 degrees of Global Warming scientists warn could cause irreversible consequences to our beautiful but fragile world. In September 2018, there were 31.6 million cars in the UK, which contributed 18% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps during Lent we can find ways of using them less.    

Monday   Craft and Conversation  10.00 12.00 All materials and help supplied. Or bring a project of your own such as knitting, painting etc. Tea and coffee and light refreshments provided. For any further information call  Tel:- 01694 720353 Meet in the church hall.  

Tuesday   

Wednesday  10.00 – 12.00  Babies and Toddlers meet in the church hall. New members and their parents always welcome.  
11.00  Sandford Communion Service – any support would be welcome
Prayer Group  1.30 pm meet in the church vestry –
Network   2.30 pm   Network Quiz with David Jandrell
Network is for men and women.
Once again Stella has organised a varied and interesting weekly programme of events. This year the meetings should go even better because the new loop system in the hall is working. But Network is much more than a series of meetings. It is a warm caring fellowship. Some people seldom miss a Wednesday afternoon and some attend occasionally but all are valued and participate just as much or little as they wish. We are a smallish group but still ‘punch above our weight’. If you have never been, why not give it a try?

Thursday  

Friday  You are most welcome to come to  a ‘Sausage and Mash with Puddings’ Lunch held in aid of Save the Children. It will take place on  Friday 22nd March, from 12.00 – 1.30pm in the Parish Centre. It costs £6.50 (incl tea or coffee). Please pay at the door.

Saturday  CHURCHES TOGETHER COFFEE MORNING

Please support this event by bringing goods to sell, including cakes etc, to the URC hall any time from 9.30am and / or come and spend your money – doors officially open at 10am. More help to price and sell goods would be greatly appreciated – just turn up on the day and offer your help! Thank you

Sunday  10.30 am Miss L Price – Ludlow –    Please join us in the church hall for coffee & fellowship after this service. 

Food Bank News.  Stocks are replenishing, however we are getting low on fruit juice / squash, biscuits, jam / spreads, cereals and rice / pasta.  Thank you for your continuing support

 HAND MADE CARDS FOR SALE A reminder that cards made by the Craft and Conversation Group, which meet every Monday morning in the church Hall, are on sale after church each Sunday. Do have a look at the selection, proceeds are for church funds.  Cards made by the Craft and Conversation group are now on sale in the hall after the service.

Our church is involved in local ecumenical activities, including; Churches Together in the Strettons, Stretton Traidcraft, Christian Aid, The Bible Society and The United Nations Association.   A major refurbishment of our church has provided greater flexibility to reflect the need for a variety of worship styles in the 21st century and provide full disabled access to all areas. The pews have gone and we have comfortable upholstered chairs. There is a new worship area with movable pulpit and communion rail. This flexibility provides for a variety of community uses of the church, making it more suitable for meetings, concerts etc. The worship platform has disabled access and an induction loop facility is available for those with hearing impairment in both the church and the hall. The church area, hall and vestry are available for use by the community. Please contact the lettings secretary for details. Mrs. Carole Coles Tel: 01694 724377

History of the Church Our book on the history of Methodism in Church Stretton and our church over the last 100 years. Copies are available in the church – £3.00 Contact Jon Cooke Tel: 01694-723205 for further details.

Our church has “accreditation” from the Fair Trade Organisation and is recognised as a Fair Trade Church. Church Stretton is a Fair Trade Town. We have a regular Fair Trade stall in the hall after morning worship.