Christmas Crafts and Christingle celebrations at Lindridge


Christmas Crafts and Christingle celebrations for all to enjoy
Saturday 9th December at St Lawrence Lindridge CE Primary School
1.30pm – 3.00pm

The Parish of Teme Valley North warmly invites you to come and join us for our annual Christmas Crafts & Christingle celebrations & Praise.

Make your own Christingle and enjoy many other crafts that will be on offer as we prepare for the festive season.

All proceeds from this event will go to The Children’s Society to help support their work for vulnerable children and young people in this country.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, mince pies & biscuits will be served throughout the afternoon.

All children to be accompanied please, by a parent or carer over the age of 16.

We look forward to welcoming you, your friends and your family.

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Pensax Thrift Shop

Pensax Thrift Shop will close its doors for the winter break at 11am on Wednesday 6 December. We would be very grateful if customers could collect any of their remaining items by this date as we are unable to store anything over the winter.

Thank you to our volunteers for their hard work over the year and to all our customers for their continued support. Even after over forty years of trading, Pensax Thrift Shop continues to offer a local outlet for you to sell those no-longer-needed items – and you never know what useful and unexpected bargains you may find in any of its departments!

May we wish everyone a Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you when we re-open for our 2018 season on Wednesday 7 March at 9am.

Pauline Briggs

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November’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

November’s Draw (The eighth draw in the new series)

November’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Sally Jones rolled the dice on 2nd November to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winner is Steven Parker of Lindridge (Draw no 133)
The £30 winner is Susan Dufton of Stockton (Draw no 413)
The £20 winner is Mr and Mrs I Davey of Knighton (Draw no 638)

You are still able to join this series – please contact your local co-ordinator or Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or by email at robin.c.dean@gmail.com.

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Write for Rights: Join the 2017 global campaign

It only takes a few minutes to write a card or a letter, but those minutes can make all the difference to someone whose rights are being abused.

Write for Rights is the world’s biggest letter-writing event. Whether we send a card, photo or drawing expressing solidarity with a prisoner of conscience or a letter appealing to the authorities to stop the abuse, a message from us can change someone’s life.

We will be meeting at 3pm on Thursday 7 December at Broombank Farm to write our messages whilst we enjoy a cup of tea together and some seasonal refreshments.

For further information please contact Marjorie Workman on 01584 781 094 or Pauline Briggs on 01584 881 216.

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John Bell in Dudley – November 25th

Please contact Eve Cambray on 01299 890 047 or evelyn@thecambrays.co.uk if you are interested in attending as there may be a bus or shared transport arranged.

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A letter for November from the Bishop of Dudley

Recently I made my first visit to the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield. It’s a place of memory and hope, and I was particularly struck by the main memorial to those members of the armed forces who have died since 1945. Names are carved on about two-thirds of the stone walls; sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mums and dads, who never came home. I found myself running a hand along the smooth wall for future years and wondered whose names would be there. I pondered to myself what pain was still to come, what tears and bloodshed, bullets and bombs? Oh, if only we could learn to make plough shares and pruning hooks. How, I wondered, could I make a difference towards building a little part of a more peaceable world?

In 1940 a young twenty-five year old left his native Switzerland and moved to France wanting to make a difference. For years he had been ill with tuberculosis, and during that long convalescence, the call to create a community had matured within him. At the height of the Second World War, Brother Roger, as he became known, realised that he could build a little part of a more peaceable world by assisting refugees.

He settled in the small Burgundy village of Taizé, close to the demarcation line dividing France in two, and it was there that he, together with one of his sisters, began sheltering refugees, including Jewish people. There was no running water, just the village well, and food was scarce.

Brother Roger’s parents, knowing that their son and daughter were in danger, asked a retired French officer who was a friend of the family to watch over them. In the autumn of 1942, he warned them that their activities had been found out and that everyone should leave at once. So until the end of the war, it was in Geneva that Brother Roger lived and it was there that he began a common life with his first brothers. They were able to return to Taizé in 1944.

Since then Brother Roger’s ecumenical community has grown to around 100 brothers. Each summer they are joined by thousands of young adults to spend a week seeking communion with God in prayer, singing, silence and reflection. Young people who spend time there often rediscover an inner peace, a meaning to life and a new impetus. Experiencing a simple life shared with others reminds us that daily life is the place where Christ is waiting for us.

Next July I am going to be leading a pilgrimage, together with the Bishop of Southampton in the Diocese of Winchester, to Taizé. I warmly invite 18 to 25-year-olds to join me, but all of us can play a part in this pilgrimage. Please share this page with young people who you know, pray that they might respond to this invitation and please consider whether you or your PCC might sponsor one or more young people to go (it will cost around £200 per person). Do please let me know and I would be happy to send a personal invitation. My prayer is that this pilgrimage will encourage a generation of young people in their Christian life and witness as together we sing a song for peace.

Rt Revd Graham Usher
The Bishop of Dudley

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October’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

October’s Draw (The seventh draw in the new series)

October’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Sally Jones rolled the dice on 1st October to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winner is Maggie Downes of Stoke Bliss (Draw no 763)
The £30 winner is John Kelly of Stoke Bliss (Draw no 781)
The £20 winner is Family Burgoyne of Stanford (Draw no 593)

You are still able to join this series – please contact your local co-ordinator or Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or by email at robin.c.dean@gmail.com.

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A letter from The Archdeacon of Dudley for October

Have you ever had a moment when something from the Bible you know to be true, takes on a much deeper meaning, or impacts you at a deeper level?

This happened to me when I was privileged to attend a service in St Stephen’s, Redditch celebrating the lives of transplant recipients, organ donors and their families. Gifts Beyond Price was the brainchild of Elaine Whitfield, a relatively new member of the church, and she planned the most beautiful and moving event, attended, to her surprise, by people from all over the country. Elaine’s father, Arthur, died in 2016. For the last twenty-five years of his life, his blood was pumped around his body by a donor heart – he had benefitted from a transplant which had saved his life, and given him many more years than anticipated. It was this that Elaine wanted to express her thankfulness for, both to donor families, and to God.

In a profound symbolic act as part of the service, Natasha, recipient sixteen years ago of a donated heart and lungs when in her early twenties and close to death, lit eight candles, representing the lives one donor can save. Wendy, the mother of Jack, who died in a tragic accident last year, and whose organs were donated, then extinguished a large central candle, amidst hugs and tears, after speaking movingly to each other as representatives of each group, giving thanks for the lives involved. The Lead Retrieval Surgeon and Transplant Specialist from the QE hospital articulated some of the challenging dilemmas involved for his team, and both the joys, sorrows and weighty responsibility he experiences in making time-sensitive decisions about life and death amidst tragedy. As a Muslim, he spoke powerfully about our shared humanity. The Reverend Paul Lawlor picked this up in his address too. Never have Jesus’ words in John 15 had such resonance: “There is no greater love than this, that someone should lay down their life for their friends.”

Jesus, in a sense, donated his life, that we might live life in all its fullness forever. Talking with many after the service who had received the gift of new life through the gift of a friend, or the death of a stranger, the love of God for each person he has made impacted me afresh. God so loved the world, that he gave his Son …

I resolved that day to live my life more fully, more gratefully, more aware of what it cost. I also spoke to my family making clear that should they ever be put in that awful place of decision, my bodily organs should, if possible, be used to bring life to others, as my life with God will continue into eternity, because Jesus laid down his life and lives in me.

Nikki Groarke
Archdeacon of Dudley

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Liz Whitehead, Pastoral Worker ALM

On Sunday 10th September, Liz Whitehead was awarded her ALM Certificate as a Pastoral Worker by Bishop John at the Celebration of Authorised Lay Ministry in the Cathedral.

She is pictured here with Bishop Graham.

Liz will be Authorised at a local service soon.

Well done Liz!


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September’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

September’s Draw (The sixth draw in the new series)

September’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Robert Barlow rolled the dice on 31st August to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winners are the Burgoyne Family of Stanford (Draw no 501)
The £30 winner is Hattie Clarke of Stockton (Draw no 428)
The £20 winner is Jill Slade of Stoke Bliss (Draw no 772)

You are still able to join this series – please contact your local co-ordinator or Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or by email at robin.c.dean@gmail.com.

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St Lawrence Clubs at Lindridge CE Primary School

In addition to the long running popular weekly lunchtime club, in January we were delighted to be able to offer a second club to run as an after school activity, which has been well supported. We’ve had a busy term, with stories, games, song, dance, creative prayer, praise and fun activities for the children to enjoy.

We explored many stores about Bible heroes based on Old Testament heroes. Such as David and Goliath, reflecting on David’s courage, not forgetting David the Psalm writer, looking at many of the Psalms he had written. Ruth, thinking about how we can be part of God’s family too, as Ruth chose to be. And Elijah, a faithful servant of God who was fed by the Ravens during a period of drought.

During the summer term we celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. We talked about the gift of the Holy Spirit and the different gifts that have been given to each and every one of us. We had fun trying to speak in different languages as the disciples did at Pentecost. We talked about the Trinity and enjoyed many craft activities, including making a Banner showing the Fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Finally, as time came close to saying farewell to year six, the children prepared prayers, special Prayer Boxes, and made beautiful Cross Mosaics to pass on as keepsakes.

Special thanks go to all volunteers for their help and support at both lunchtime and after school clubs.

We look forward to meeting once again in the autumn term.

Liz Whitehead, Children’s Worker
Sallie Butcher, Assistant Curate

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Emma raises money for Breast Cancer Haven

Emma Pickersgill, from Eardiston, has now raised more than £250 by cutting 12 inches off her long hair for the Worcester branch of the Breast Cancer Haven charity, which is based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

You can read all about it on the Worcester News website here.

If you’d like to support Emma with a donation, you can do so via her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emmascutoff

Click here to find out more about the work of Breast Cancer Haven, Worcester.

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News from St Lawrence Church, Lindridge

Christian Aid

On May 20th Lindridge hosted a Sung Choral Evensong to support Christian Aid. Eleven people joined the choir and the worship and singing was wonderful – thank you to both Martin and Jason for leading the choir. Our thanks also to Sarah Lupton who organised the event and raised £100 for Christian Aid.

Pentecost

June 4th was Pentecost and Lindridge Church held a Pentecost Holy Communion Service to celebrate the Church’s Birthday. Rev Ted introduced us to Mrs Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer who married the Berlin Wall in 1979 (look her up!); this was to highlight the difference between an I-it relationship (impersonal) and an I-you relationship (personal). Rev Ted explained that our relationship with the Holy Spirit is an I-you relationship and is personal – similar to that of a friend. He asked us to think about how our behaviour, and the way that we live, affects our friend the Holy Spirit and also what the Spirit is saying to us.

Plant Sale

Following the Pentecost Service, there was a Plant Sale held at the Priory. There were also jams and preserves on sale and children’s games. The weather was a bit changeable, but everyone who attended had fun.

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Easter Crafts at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School

The community came together once again for this annual event on Saturday 8th April. We all enjoyed a wide range of craft activities on offer, including Easter Gardens, Palm leaf weaving, Egg painting/mosaics, Easter baskets, Bunny Masks, and stained glass effect window decorations. The children also enjoyed making chocolate Easter Egg nest cakes, and delicious refreshments were served throughout the morning.

This occasion was well supported and special thanks go to all volunteer helpers who make these events possible, and so enjoyable.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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Clows Top & District Gardening Club – 2017 Programme

If you’re not a member then come along and join us at one of our monthly meetings. It’s a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts, ideas and advice with other members. We have a great programme of speakers as well as Evening visits to local gardens. Our Garden Club has a very friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome. Don’t be afraid to come along, we are a garden club not a horticulture society, the membership is only £10 pa. However, non-members are welcome to any monthly meeting.

Clows Top and District Gardening Club meet on the 4th Wednesday in the calendar month at Clows Top Victory Hall; Doors open 7.30pm, for the speaker at 8 o’clock.

Admission Fee: Members £2 or Non-Members £4. Free Refreshments.

For further details telephone Marion Wilson on 01299 270 475, or email: clowstopdistrictgardeningclub@hotmail.co.uk.

2017 PROGRAMME

25 January, An Evening with Cliff Wood

22 February, Dahlias, Robin Pearce

22 March, Spring Show & Spetchley Gardens, Michael Hardwick

26 April, A-Z Vegetable Growing, Bob Oliver

13 May (Sat), Plant Sale & Coffee Morning

24 May, Composting, Nick Poultney

28 June, Rose & Sweet Pea Show

26 July, tba

23 August, tba

26 August (Sat), Clows Top Summer Show

27 September, Autumn Show,

25 October, tba

22 November, AGM & Members Social Evening

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Annual Christmas Crafts and Christingle 2016

On Saturday 10th December many children, parents, carers and volunteer helpers gathered at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School for this joyous occasion. A great social event with community coming together which set us up for the forthcoming festivities.

As well as preparing our Christingles and talking about the symbolic meaning, many other crafts were on offer to enjoy, including wreath decorating, Nativity lanterns, stencil painting, snowflakes, crackers, Christmas cards, and scratch art. The children enjoyed seasonal face painting, and there were plenty of mince pies and refreshments at the ready for all to enjoy.

After a busy afternoon of crafts we gathered for our Christingle Service led by Reverend Ted Whittaker, with song, dance, prayer, reflection and a poem. Lights were dimmed and candles lit, as we passed the light of Christ on to our families, neighbours and friends.

Thank you for all the kind donations received from this celebration, all monies are handed on to the Children’s Society to further their work with underprivileged children.

Thank you also to all those involved helping in so many ways during the afternoon, making this event so successful.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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The Archbishop’s Visit – Preaching at Brickworks Church

Preaching at Brickworks in the Stambermill area near Stourbridge on Sunday 9 October.

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The Archbishop’s Visit – The Power of Hope

The Archbishop in conversation with Malala Yousafzai at Dudley College, Saturday 8 October 2016. Filmed and edited by students of Dudley College.

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The Archbishop’s Visit – in five minutes!

A short video showcasing the three day visit, filmed and edited by James Atkinson, Diocesan Digital Media Adviser.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury in Conversation with Jeremy Vine

Filmed at The University of Worcester Arena on Friday 7 October 2016 as part of the Archbishop’s visit to the diocese.

You can find other memories from the Archbishop’s visit on the Diocesan website here.

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