Events this coming week

Week beginning Monday 20th January 2020

A JAPANESE  INTERPRETATION OF 23rd PSALM  (The Lord is my shepherd)

The Lord is my pace setter; I shall not rush.
He makes me stop for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness which restore my serenity, and his guidance is peace.Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for his presence is here, his timelessness, his all importance, will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity, by anointing my mind with his oil of tranquility; my cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours, and I shall walk in the peace of the Lord, and dwell in his house for ever.

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    7.30 pm Engaging Issues at URC .Speaker is David Woolgar. David is a local man , an engineer and environmentalist. He will look into the background of the energy crisis from an engineer’s perspective to help decide how we might solve the “trilemma” of security,affordability and sustainability.

Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00 Babies and Toddlers group meet in the church hall. All newcomers welcome

11.00 Sandford Nursing Home Communion Service. All are welcome to join us.

1.30 pm Prayer Group – meet in the vestry

2.30 pm  “Network”  WWDP in Papua New Guinea – Haro Horsfield


The AGM of Churches Together in Shropshire is to be held on Wednesday next, 22nd January at 7pm at St Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton. All are welcome.




Sunday      10.30 am  Rev. Tony Hearle –  Please join us in the church hall after the service for coffee and fellowship.

Other events are on Wednesday, 22nd January at URC – discussion and prayer 9.30 am to 10 am and on Friday, 24th January at St Michael’s, All Stretton – prayer meeting 8.30 to 9am. Both of these events are open for anyone to attend, just turn up.

Food Bank News

Thank you for your generous contributions which have significantly boosted stocks of most items.  We are, however, short of savoury pasta / rice packets, jam, fruit juice, tinned pasta and tinned potatoes.


Our church is an Eco Church, having gained the silver award. Eco Church is an award scheme for churches operated by A Rocha. It believe that caring for God’s earth is a necessary and joyful part of Christian worship and discipleship.

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.