Events this coming week

Week beginning Monday 19th November

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  Engaging Issues 7.30 pm at the URC in Church Stretton. The speaker is Stephanie Reuther with a talk entitled “History From A Different Perspective”. Stephanie is German born . She is an ordained Lutheran Pastor and spent 3 years in the Diocese of Hereford where she was faced each year with Remembrance Sunday with it’s English traditions.
As German born in the 1970’s this was a challenge confronting her with many questions . You are invited to come and join in the conversation.

Wednesday  10.00 – 12.00  Babies and Toddlers meet in the church hall. New members and their parents always welcome.

10 am to 12 noon UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION at Mayfair Community Centre. The AGM will include a report on the Peace Train which passed through Church Stretton station taking letters to various MPs, on 24 October. There will also be a presentation called ‘News and Fake News’. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Communion service at the Sandford Nursing Home. Please support this act of outreach if you can either with your presence or your prayers. Thank you.

Prayer Group  1.30 pm meet in the church vestry.

Network   2.30 pm    “Three High Passes” – Chris George
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?



Sunday   10.30 – Morning Worship – Claire Harmer -Craven Arms.  Please join us for coffee and fellowship after the service in the church hall.

6.00 pm   United Service @ St Laurence’s Parish Church


The Church Annual Report and the Financial Accounts for 2017-18 were presented to Council, and approved, at the Council meeting held on Tuesday 30 October. A copy of the Annual Report is available on the church notice board and both the Report and the Accounts are available for inspection. Should anyone need more details I will be pleased to help. Linda Moores (Treasurer)

Food Bank News. Demand continues at a high level and our stocks of Savoury rice (pkts), Sugar (500g bags), Cereals, Fruit Juice / Squash, Jam, and Biscuits are getting low. Any help you can give will be much appreciated.
“You may have noted that demand is high at present. On Friday, 9th Nov.  we gave out seven food parcels. This is the highest number of clients we have had in one afternoon. Several of these clients are in the waiting period for Universal Credit to be granted and are likely to require our help for several weeks. We greatly value your support throughout the year. Thank you.”

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 detail Our church has “accreditation” from the Fair Trade Organisation and is recognised as a Fair Trade ChurchChurch Stretton is a Fair Trade Town. Bible Study  20,,p.m. in the church hallWe have a regular Fair Trade stall in the hall after morning worship