July’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

July’s Draw (The fourth draw in the new series)

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

The £50 winner is Pam Dodd of Stockton (Draw no 414)
The £30 winner is David Moule of Pensax (Draw no 333)
The £20 winners are Mr and Mrs P Audsley of Knighton (Draw no 648)

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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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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A letter from the Bishop of Dudley for July

For the past year I have been serving on the board of the Human Tissue Authority, the body that regulates organisations that remove, store and use human tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, education and training, and display in public. They also give approval for organ and bone marrow donation from living people. I have become increasingly fascinated by its work and the many ethical questions that arise as medical science advances what is possible.

Part of my role, along with other board members, is to give the final approval for living organ donations, having ascertained that the donation is being given without reward, coercion or duress – all of which are illegal in the UK. The donor also needs to be capable of giving informed consent, having understood what the procedure involves and its consequences.

There are often incredibly inspiring stories such as a husband giving a kidney to his wife, or a work colleague donating to someone across the office. There are also people who choose to donate a kidney or liver lobe altruistically to someone who they do not know, and will likely never meet or know anything about.

Recently I read a report submitted to the HTA for such a donation. It was an older person who decided that she would mark a significant birthday, not by receiving presents but by giving to someone else. Her Christian faith had inspired her, in thankfulness to God for good health and so many opportunities, to offer to donate one of her kidneys to a complete stranger.

This would not be the choice of everyone, and many people might not be physically or psychologically fit to proceed, but it made me reflect upon how important it is to be people of gift.

If we believe that everything we have, including our bodies, comes from God, then offering to donate in life and in death is part of our good stewardship. Donation then becomes an incredible gift of love as ‘freely you have received, freely give’ (Matthew 10.8) and it furthers our Christian calling to bring healing, motivated by compassion, mercy and prioritising the needs of others.

Some people choose to be blood donors, thus contributing to the 7000 units of blood that are needed each day by the NHS; red blood cells, platelets and plasma are all needed to save lives. Others choose to donate bone marrow. Others register to be an organ donor when they die so that the 6,900 or so people who at any one time are waiting for a transplant might be given an incredible gift. The sad reality is that there aren’t enough donors; in 2015, 429 patients died while on the active waiting list for a transplant and a further 807 were removed because they became too ill.

It can take some bravery to have that difficult conversation with family members to explain that when you die you would like to be an organ donor. That conversation is, however, really crucial. If this is your preference, do register – by signing up to the Organ Donation Register – and carry an organ donation card, but also have that conversation today so that your family understand your wishes to bring life and health to others if something were to happen to you.

Life is an incredible gift. Donation in life, and in death, gifts to others lots more life in all its fullness.

Rt Revd Graham Usher
The Bishop of Dudley

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Changes to services from July

From July there will be a new pattern of services across 4RIVERS CHURCHES. Here is a summary for each church in Teme Valley North.

St Michael and all Angels, Knighton-on-Teme

  • Matins will be on the second Sunday at 11am (previously the fourth Sunday)
  • Holy Communion will be on the fourth Sunday at 11am (previously the second Sunday)

St Lawrence, Lindridge

  • Holy Communion with Godly Play is on the first Sunday at 9.30am (unchanged)
  • Holy Communion will be on the third Sunday at 8.15am (previously the fourth Sunday)
  • Refreshments and Reflections will be a new service on the third Sunday at 9.30am.
  • Evening Prayer will be on the fourth Sunday at 5pm (previously the second Sunday)

St Andrew, Stockton-on-Teme

  • Celtic Communion will be on the second Sunday at 5pm (previously Celtic Evening Prayer on the third Sunday)

St James the Great, Pensax

  • Fun, Faith and Fellowship is on the first Sunday at 3pm until September (unchanged)
  • Holy Communion is on the third Sunday at 11am (unchanged)

The calendar of all services will continue to be listed here, and also in Temespan.

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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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June’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

June’s Draw (The third draw in the new series)

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

The £50 winner is Jack Campbell of Stanford (Draw no 489)
The £30 winners are Mr and Mrs David Spilsbury of Eastham (Draw no 278)
The £20 winner is Mr WR Austin of Lindridge (Draw no 196)

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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Letter from The Archdeacon of Dudley

On Sunday 11 June I will have the privilege of preaching at a Service of Thanksgiving for Women’s Ministry in the Cathedral. 2017 is a significant year of anniversaries, an opportunity to remember and celebrate some key moments in the gradual acceptance in the Church of England of the ministry of women in leadership roles:

  • 50 years since female lay readers were appointed;
  • 30 years since women deacons were ordained;
  • 25 years since the vote was taken for women’s ordination to the priesthood in 1992.

In this diocese, of course, the ministry of women has long been welcomed and appreciated wholeheartedly by the vast majority of church members. It is an encouraging environment in which women can flourish and realise their potential, serving in roles which suit their varied gifts, personalities and skills, being who God made them to be, in the same way that men can. Hopefully, as the impact of our Kingdom People: Calling Young Disciples project grows, we will similarly see young people and children increasingly playing their part, growing in confidence that what they bring is valued and vital to our shared life as God’s people.

I am acutely aware that I am in a senior role in God’s church, as one of a steadily growing number of women, because wise people invested in me, saw my leadership potential, gave me opportunities and trained and mentored me. They picked me up when I stumbled, let me make mistakes and learn from them, and stretched me to do more than I thought I could, trusting that God equips the called, rather than calls the equipped. I am especially grateful to those who did that when the church still had questions about the role of women. I think they were following in the footsteps of Jesus!

When Jesus walked on earth, women were uneducated, not given a legally valid voice, and treated like property. He refused to bow to those cultural stigmas, instead modelling a way of relating to women which was totally different – radically inclusive, no limits on their God given destiny or restrictions on how their gifts could be exercised. It is when women and men, and young people and children work together that the church is enabled to be what it is created to be, the hope of the world, fully representative of the body of Christ as we seek together to be Kingdom People

I hope many from across the Diocese will be in the Cathedral at 4pm on 11 June to celebrate the ministry of women. I pray too, that each of us will think of young people in whom we can invest –especially girls, and invite them to join us, so that we are a truly multi-generational church encouraging the gifts and contributions of everyone.

The Venerable Nikki Groarke
Archdeacon of Dudley

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Lindridge Autumn Show – 2nd September

This year’s Lindridge Autumn Show will be held on Saturday 2nd September, in Lindridge Parish Hall, Eardiston.

Here’s the schedule of classes, and at the bottom, there is a link if you wish to download a print a copy for yourself for easy reference.

Classes for Lindridge Autumn Show September 2nd 2017

VEGETABLES and FRUIT

  1. Container of herbs
  2. Collection of 5 root vegetables
  3. Greenhouse vegetables
  4. Brassicas
  5. Collection of tomatoes
  6. Onions/shallots
  7. Beans/peas
  8. Largest marrow
  9. Container of mixed vegetables
  10. A display of 5 dessert/cooking apples
  11. A plate of 6 stone fruits
  12. A container of mixed fruit

COOKERY

  1. A jar of jam/jelly
  2. A jar of honey
  3. A jar of chutney
  4. A box of 6 eggs
  5. Homemade cordial
  6. A celebration cake
  7. A plate of 6 cup cakes
  8. A plate of 6 scones
  9. Victoria sponge

FLOWERS

  1. A vase of sweet peas
  2. A single rose in a vase
  3. A bunch of roses
  4. 3 dahlia blooms
  5. 1, 2 or 3 chrysanthemums
  6. Mixed garden flower display
  7. Mixed wild flower display
  8. Mixed foliage display
  9. A houseplant
  10. Largest sunflower

ART EXHIBITION

  • Anyone interested in exhibiting in the Art Exhibition please bring your picture along between 9.00 and 10.30
CHILDRENS ART COMPETITION

  • The competition will be judged in three Classes: Under 5, 6/10, over 11 years old.
  • This year’s theme: The Village Fete.
  • Name, address and age on the back of the picture please.

CHILDRENS SECTION

  1. Miniature garden
  2. Decorative flowerpot
  3. A plate of 4 homemade cup cakes
  4. A plate of 4 homemade decorative biscuits
  5. Vegetable of any kind grown by yourself
  6. Funniest vegetable
  7. Decorative arrangement with either garden or hedgerow flowers

All ages must be stated on entries and no entry should have been exhibited previously.

ALL ENTRIES:

CLASSES WILL NOT BE JUDGED UNDER STRICT RHS RULES

  • Please bring your entries along between 9.00am and 10.30am
  • Judging will begin at 11.00am
  • The show will open at 1.00pm
  • Exhibits can be collected at 3.15pm. Any uncollected items will be auctioned at 3.30 pm.
  • All proceeds of the auction will be donated to charity.
  • Refreshments will be served between 1.00pm and 4.00 pm

Click here to download a printable version of the schedule.

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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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Finding space to flourish – by Nikki Groarke

Nikki-Groarke-squareMy social media feed has been filled over the summer with pictures from Christian conferences and youth camps. People meeting together for worship, pilgrimage, inspirational teaching and community building. Simon Hill, our Youth Officer, spoke on the radio about Spree, where many of our young people had a lot of fun, and I was moved by a picture of Justin Welby at Soul Survivor in the midst of thousands of teenagers praying fervently for him.

I had the privilege of a week in a tent on the Bath and West Showground at New Wine, where I was delivering a seminar, but mainly receiving input from others and mingling with wonderful Christian people with whom I shared coffee and wine, and learned much from as we chatted in queues and over barbeques. I came back refreshed and re-envisioned.

There is something powerful about gathering with many others for celebration, worshipping our God in a way which is different from our weekly rhythm. God’s people have always done it. Festivals of different kinds are woven through the Old Testament, and we see patterns emerging of annual pilgrimage, high days and holy days, significant seasons marked out as special in the Church through the ages.

It is healthy to have annual rhythms in our spiritual life which sustain and feed us. Autumn is always a busy time – a new term, perhaps new Alpha or Pilgrim courses beginning – the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury this year for us being a particular focus. I have tried to prepare myself for this by spending time in August in retreat and refreshment, ‘abiding’ with Jesus, reading and allowing some space to grow. It’s important to continue a sustainable routine into the busyness of autumn – short, regular periods of prayer and reflection perhaps or meeting with smaller groups of kingdom people week by week, to learn and pray together and encourage one another.

What are your spiritual refreshment patterns – annually, monthly, weekly? How, at the start of this new season, can you ensure they don’t get crowded out?

In Matthew 11:28-30, The Message translation, Jesus says:

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

I pray we all, as kingdom people, will learn the unforced rhythms of grace in ways which sustain us, and enable us to flourish.

Archdeacon Nikki
Nikki Groarke, Archdeacon of Dudley

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St Lawrence Club, end of summer term

This weekly lunchtime club is held at St Lawrence Lindridge CE Primary School.

During the second half the the summer term we explored a variety of topics. We learnt about the use of the precious mineral salt in Biblical times, and how it is essential to life and good health on planet earth, not forgetting that too much can be harmful! We discovered some amazing facts; salt’s value was considered so great that sometimes people’s wages were paid in it; salt was often used as a sign of an agreement between two people to show that it would last, because of it’s preservative qualities. We made a guess at how many times salt is mentioned in the Bible, and discovered it’s actually over 40.

Celebrating Father’s Day and Friendship Day we made wonderful cards, thinking about what we could do to help at home and in the community.

We were treated to a special talk with photographs by Julia Cooper about her support for Save the Children. She talked about some of the many ways in which children are helped, both in the UK and overseas, concentrating on the serious drought in Ethiopia where thousands of children are suffering from malnutrition.

During National Insect Week in June, which encourages young and old to learn more about the world of insects, the children made a lovely mini­beast collage, as we thought about all God’s creatures, both great and small.

We had fun learning about all sorts of different Crosses and their meanings, and were surprised there are so many!

Thinking about transitions, focussing particularly on the year 6 Leavers, we all contributed to prayers for them to take away in a special Prayer Box, and made each one a lovely sun catcher Cross gift.

With grateful thanks to Carol, Julia, Marjorie and Mike for all their help and support with the club.

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

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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Sallie’s Ordination – A note of thanks

13502969_1106455869400197_8690617878743507638_oWhen the party got underway after Sallie’s ordination, Trevor Nott spoke eloquently about her dedication to ministry within the parishes. It was very humbling to us both to hear how much her past service as a Reader has been appreciated.

It is inevitable that, as a newly ordained Deacon in the new joint benefices, the future will hold new challenges and opportunities for her – which I know she will rise to meet.

Sue Coley had excelled herself with a tasty and varied spread of food which amply complemented the champagne, cava, sekt and prosecco used for the congratulatory toast. (We are, in drink at least, very Pan-European!)

What was forgotten, in all the emotion and noise of the party, was one important matter – our thanks to you all. Thank you for all the support you have given Sallie during her ordination; For the very generous financial gift; for the words of encouragement that helped to lift her spirits when assignments were proving hard to complete; but most of all for making the time to join with me and her family and friends at the Cathedral to celebrate the successful completion of this first element of her training for the priesthood.

I do know that her parents and brothers were surprised and touched by the love and support you have all shown to Sallie.

I apologise for not making our gratitude clear at the time but take this belated opportunity to say, quite simply – THANK YOU!

P.S. You generously contributed on the day over £260 towards the ShelterBox Charity which will provide three entire ‘Shelterkits’ for distribution in disaster areas.

Richard Butcher

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Lindridge Baby and Toddler Group – Summer 2016

The Lindridge Baby and Toddler group restarts for the new term on Thursday 8th September at Lindridge Parish Hall from 9.30am to 11am. If you have children between 0 and 5 years, please do come and join us for fun activities and to make some new friends.

The group met a couple of times over the summer holidays. Once at Lindridge St Lawrence Primary School (thank you to the school for letting us use your grounds). Sadly, we had typical British weather and we all got a little wet! The children still enjoyed painting and running around though! A big thank you also goes to Marjorie and Pauline who both helped at this session.

The second meeting was at Top Barn Farm Park where a group of us had a very enjoyable time together watching the children stroking rabbits and chickens. We all had fun feeding the goats and watching the pig racing! There were toy tractors to ride, a fort to climb and lots of other activities to keep us all amused for a few hours.

We look forward to meeting you all when the group restarts in September at the Parish Hall.

There is a charge of £1.50 for each family for each session attended. If you have any questions, please contact Vickie at lindridgetoddlers@gmail.com or 01584 881 086.

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St Lawrence Club, summer term

This weekly lunchtime club meets at St Lawrence Lindridge CE Primary School.

We’ve had a busy summer term to date, with lots of games, songs, praise and activities for the children to enjoy.

During Christian Aid week we talked about the important work of this organisation, who raise money and awareness for some of the world’s poorest communities, fighting for a world free of poverty and injustice. From a concertina of paper we made a chain of people, linking hands around the world as we focussed on the importance of loving one another, being kind, caring and giving. We thought about what we could do to help this Charity.

At Pentecost we heard the story of the Holy Spirit, “who came with tongues of fire and flame” and the children had fun painting their hands bright red, making hand prints and made a wonderful collage representing tongues of fire. 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 celebrated the Birthday of the Church with fun outdoor games.

We look forward to meeting again during the second half of the summer term.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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