Annual Christmas Crafts and Christingle 2017

On Saturday 9th December, children, parents, carers and volunteer helpers gathered at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School for this annual celebration. A great social event with the community coming together (in spite of the weather!), as we prepared for the festive season ahead.

As well as preparing and talking about the symbolic meaning of the Christingle, many other crafts were on offer for all to enjoy, including wreath decorating, Nativity lanterns, stencil painting, snowflakes, crackers, Christmas cards, scratch art, and much more. Delicious refreshments were served throughout the afternoon.

We gathered for our Christingle Praise led by Reverend Ted Whittaker, with song, dance, prayer, reflection and 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 your generosity and kind donations received in the collection candles distributed to all school families during November. All monies are handed on to the Children’s Society to further their work with underprivileged children. Total sum collected will be reported shortly.

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

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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January’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

January’s Draw (The tenth draw in this series)

January’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Sally Jones rolled the dice on 3rd January to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winner is Meg Rudd of Lindridge (Draw no 214)
The £30 winner is Willie Austin of Lindridge (Draw no 187)
The £20 winner is Diana Clarke of Eastham (Draw no 290)

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 New Year message from Bishop John

New Year brings an opportunity for a new beginning: hence the tradition of New Year’s resolutions.

The thought of new beginnings is particularly on my mind this New Year since, less than two weeks into it, on 12 January, I shall be married.

A marriage is, as much as anything, a new beginning: the beginning of a new life for two people joining together. It’s also, of course, a new start in love when two people pledge their love for one another. HJ and I shall do this before God in a Church.

We shall also do so in the light of the greatest love story ever told; that between God and humanity. We have just marked Christmas when we celebrated the coming of God into our world to show the depths of His love for us.

Love is a beautiful thing but unrequited love is a terrible tragedy. If we haven’t experienced that tragedy for ourselves at some point in our lives, we shall almost certainly know someone who has, and the misery that it brings.

God pledged his love to us when he came to live among us and, in so doing issued us with an invitation: Will we return His love so that the outcome of the greatest love story ever told can be glorious and not tragic?

This New Year I shall be pledging my love anew to God as well as to HJ. What will your response to God’s invitation in Jesus be?

Happy New Year.

Rt Revd Dr John Inge
Bishop of Worcester

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Christmas messages from Bishops John and Graham

From Bishop John:

Christmas is a time of goodwill. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to all people” sang the angels at the birth of Jesus, as recorded by St Luke in the Bible.

I recently visited Worcester foodbank, which like many others, is organised by local churches, and which is a hive of activity at Christmas time. When thinking about goodwill, you won’t find a better example than foodbanks. They are a tangible sign of goodwill, of people demonstrating concern for those in need. Foodbanks show love in action rather than an airy, sentimental sort of love.

Similarly, Christmas makes clear that God doesn’t just love us in an airy, sentimental, romantic sort of fashion which doesn’t actually do anything. God’s love takes action in order to care for us, in order to save us.

“God so loved the world that he sent his only son into the world.” St John tells us. The word “Jesus” means ‘he saves’. Jesus came to Earth in order to demonstrate the great love that God has for us, to enfold us and save us with that love.

And although at Christmas the shelves of foodbanks are filled with Christmassy things as well as essentials, in order to try and give people just that little bit extra to be cheerful about, in fact foodbanks operate all the year round – goodwill should be for all seasons. The same is true of God’s love.

For what God shows us in the birth of the Christ child, which we celebrate at this time, is his unending, invincible and abiding love for us. A love which will be in action for us into all eternity.

I wish you a very happy Christmas.

Rt Revd Dr John Inge
Bishop of Worcester


And from Bishop Graham:

Much of life seems to hover between darkness and light.

Too much of 2017 seems to have been about darkness: uncertainty on the world stage and dangerous threats in tweets; the continued plight of refugees and minorities; the bombing of a pop concert; knife attacks on our streets; the horrifying fire at Grenfell Tower; and the hardships that have resulted from the rollout of Universal Credit.

Christmas reminds us that God’s way is one of light: human lives that are flourishing; seeking the common good for our communities; bringing healing out of brokenness, hope out of despair, peace out of hatred, and joy out of sorrow.

So see again around the back of the inn and peer in at that stable carved out of honeycomb rock where the faces of new parents are picked out in the light of an oil lamp.

See again the dark Judean hillside, the rocky terraces, and the shepherds being woken from their slumber by the light that shone all around them.

And see again the magi travelling from afar, their faith resting on the light of a new star that shines in the night sky and guides their path.

All of these characters’ eyes are soon set on the infant Jesus. They see how he radiates and reflects the unimaginable beauty and light of the source from which he comes. This child brings light in the darkness not to some lives but to all lives. When we open our hearts to him, so something of that light also radiates from us. In turn, we bring light in places and situations of darkness.

My prayer is that the light of Jesus will fill your Christmas this year.

Rt Revd Graham Usher
Bishop of Dudley

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December’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

December’s Draw (The ninth draw in the new series)

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

The £50 winner is John Hughes of Stanford (Draw no 535)
The £30 winner is Rosemary Tyser of Lindridge (Draw no 177)
The £20 winner is Mr DJ Bunn of Knighton (Draw no 688)

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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Eardiston Footbridge

Do you remember this Bridge?

It spanned the A443 in Eardiston up until the 1960s and connected Eardiston House to the Pleasure Gardens on the opposite side of the road. The locals of the day claimed that Princess Victoria once walked across the bridge to play a game of tennis. Since that day the bridge had fallen into disrepair and was also in the way of new road widening schemes.

After much deliberation, it was purchased by a Dr D.H. Edmundson and transported to Huddington Court just outside Droitwich. It was re-erected as a feature spanning the moat around Huddington Court where it still stands today.

Very recently Mr Edmundson, grandson of the former, also of Huddington Court, contacted TVN about the history of the bridge and as a result, Janet Marks and I were invited to visit the bridge in its new home.

It was a perfect autumn day when we went to Huddington Court, a beautiful 15th Century Manor House surrounded by lovely gardens and a moat, and there, in a new coat of gleaming white paint was Eardiston Bridge.

We couldn’t resist the invitation to walk over the bridge and stand for a while thinking of its history and Janet shared some of her memories of its time in Eardiston.

Below are some of the photos we took.

Do you have any stories of Eardiston bridge or any old photos? We would love to share them, please contact the webmaster who will put you in touch with either Janet or myself.

Dianne Smith

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You can find an article on the history of the footbridge written by Derek Marks here.

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Toddler Group Update

The Lindridge Baby and Toddler Group is a church-run baby and toddler group that meets at Lindridge Parish Hall each Thursday morning during term time from 9.30 am to 11 am. If you have children between 0 and 5 years, please do come and join us for fun activities and to make some new friends.

Thanks to Nicky, the children recently enjoyed making bird feeders by covering paper tubes with lard (you can also use peanut butter) and rolling them in birdseed. The tray of birdseed had entertainment value of its own as the children used it to fill containers, and decorate the floor!

There will be the usual Christmas crafts in December and our special visitor; please do come and join us. 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.

The last session in December will be Thursday 14th and we return in the new year on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Come and enjoy some fun and fellowship – no need to book, just come along!

Vickie & team

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A letter from the Archdeacon of Worcester for December

It seems that Christmas has been coming for several months now. I saw a Christmas tree lurking in my local pub at the beginning of September – surely a record! And yet it doesn’t feel very “Christmassy” as we look at world affairs, politics and what goes on in the lives of so many people.

It doesn’t feel very Christmassy, of course, because we’ve made Christmas in our own image, rather than in the image and likeness of the very first Christmas. The very first Christmas was a tale of a birth – always a joyful event – in the midst of considerable human turmoil. It was not at all different from what so many of us are experiencing today; a real life born in the real circumstances of the day.

We tend to dress things up, and maybe there’s no real harm in that. For example, Christmas trees came quite late to the party – introduced by Victorians. Many years later they appear in my local pub as the symbol of the season!

We do this in so many ways. Let’s take Advent. No doubt inspired by those Blue Peter candle stands made out of metal coat-hangers (I’m showing my age, but do you remember them?), we tend to think of the wonderful season of Advent as a countdown to Christmas. But it has a far wider reach than that; it is a countdown to the time when God’s will is done here on earth as it is in heaven.

We dress up holy seasons, and we dress up holy places. One of the great excitements of today’s church is the way we are opening up the buildings to much more community activity. We have holy space and community space, and they rub along well together, which should not surprise us as Christmas people believing in the God who came to be among us.

Maybe we do it for ourselves too. I sometimes wonder whether we simply need to re-learn wonder and awe at God’s beautiful creation and re-creation. At the feast of Epiphany, the Magi come without commentary or explanation simply to worship and bring their gifts.

Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, these festivals give us a wonderful excuse to celebrate the God who shows us in Jesus just how much He loves us and reminds us just how valuable human beings really are. And if I was nudged to think about that a couple of months back in my local perhaps that was really no bad thing.

Seasons’ greetings!

Robert Jones
Archdeacon of Worcester

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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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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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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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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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