‘Singing Nowhere’ with Paul Heppleston – 23rd/24th March

‘Singing Nowhere’ with Paul Heppleston

Saturday 23rd March (evening) Sunday 24th March (morning)

Abberley Village Hall

By popular demand Paul Heppleston is returning to lead a singing workshop at Abberley Village Hall on Saturday 23rd March at 7pm, and also to lead worship based on the workshop the following morning, 10.00am, at the same venue. Look out for more detail on notice boards and fliers, which will be available soon.

From Paul: “Participation in song (especially in a group) is known to be energising and therapeutic. Add a spiritual dimension and the fact that ‘people tend to sing their faith’, including songs that can speak louder than sermons”.

All you need to bring is a voice box of whatever age or ability plus a smile. Especially welcome are people who say “I can’t sing”… bring your friends, neighbours, relatives etc.

The Iona Community is Paul’s main inspiration, plus others…

About Paul

Paul Heppleston was brought up in South Wales and has spent most of his adult life in Scotland. Ecological training at university was followed by several years’ work on sheep, snails and seals – then into teaching Biology. Music in the broadest sense was threaded through his childhood but only emerged to be the main factor in his life in his 40s.

Paul spent 20 years in Orkney and now lives in the Peak District where he is the Musician at his Baptist/Methodist LEP church. He travels north as often as possible where wild walking draws him back, as well as to his daughter in Glasgow and the islands that are so significant in his life. He belongs to the Iona Community.

Come and join with ‘Singing Nowhere’ and bring your friends.

All Welcome

Admission Free

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World Day of Prayer – Service at Abberley St Mary, 1st March

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

St Mary’s Church, Abberley

Friday, March 1st 2019 at 10.30 a.m.

COME – EVERYTHING IS READY

Everyone (men as well as women) is warmly invited to attend this service which is part of the World Day of Prayer. The WDP is a women-led worldwide ecumenical movement with millions of men and women of all ages in over 100 countries worshipping on one special day. This year the service has been put together by the women of Slovenia, in Central Europe.

The theme “Come – Everything is Ready” is based on the parable in Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 14 in which a man whose “posh” friends have refused his invitation to a party invites instead the poor, the disabled and those on the streets. What difference are we making to the lives of those marginalised by the rest of the world.

Please come and join us and find out more.

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Pancakes at The Rectory – 4th March

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2019 focuses on Deuteronomy 16:18-20, “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…”, in relation to Indonesia, a nation with ethnic and religious diversity in much need of unity.

The Christians of Indonesia found these words incredibly poignant in light of their situation. Issues of economic injustice and the challenges associated with religious pluralism are highlighted within the materials for 2019.

Of Indonesia’s population, only 10% are Christian. Nevertheless, many Indonesians live by the principle gotong royong, meaning to live in “solidarity and by collaboration” with their neighbours. Unfortunately, this is not always true of contemporary Indonesian approaches to economics, which can be open to corruption by businesses and the government, and often negatively impact on the environment. Many of Indonesia’s inhabitants face poverty as a result of this lack of justice and the failure of the strong to protect the weak.

Find out more at ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer.

Sam Setchell
Diocesan Communications Officer

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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 Julia Curtis rolled the dice on 2nd January to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result, the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winners are Mr and Mrs K Edney of Pensax (Draw no 351)
The £30 winner is John Briggs of Pensax (Draw no 356)
The £20 winner is Audrey Roberts of Lindridge (Draw no 165)

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

A new series starts in April – more details available soon.

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A Letter from the Archdeacon of Worcester for January

We live in tumultuous political times, so much so that many people are literally switching off from TV and radio news. It does indeed seem that megaphone diplomacy, which, of course, is no diplomacy at all, is playing a bigger part in our public discourse. We must not have a false sense that history automatically gets better as we learn to live better, when it is clear that human sinfulness can mess things up just as effectively today as it ever did.

So as Christians we must not be naïve about progress, but nor must we despair or give up hope either. We have a Gospel to proclaim and it is Good News. Our calling as Church in every generation is to be a community of hope, and if you look at the world in which Jesus lived, it was clearly as chaotic and seemingly hopeless as ours today. We must be realistic and yet bearers of hope.

What concerns me about today’s politics is the poverty of our political discourse and conversation. Whatever else populism might or might not be, the language it uses is designed for newspaper headlines or media news feeds. It tries to give simple answers to complex questions. It feeds people’s sense of unfairness. It requires an enemy and puts people down. It does not have any nuances, allow for compromise or considered thought. Twentieth-century history shows us where it can lead.

This is simply not good enough as a way of doing politics, or building a stable world order and country, nor indeed of running a church. Whenever we are tempted to caricature someone else’s belief and way of living out the faith, we need to check ourselves and remember wise words from the letter of James in the New Testament: “you must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.”

Being ‘quick to listen’ – what might that look like in our public life?

The Venerable Robert Jones
Archdeacon of Worcester

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December’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

December’s Draw (The ninth draw in this series)

December’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Julia Curtis rolled the dice on 4th 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 Mrs J Hughes of Knighton (Draw no 602)
The £30 winner is Averil Opperman of Eastham (Draw no 270)
The £20 winner is Jean Young of Pensax (Draw no 355)

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

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A letter from the Bishop of Worcester for December

The Christian faith is essentially about love – because God is love.

At Christmas, we celebrate God’s love for us in coming to share our human life in the person of Jesus. At Easter, we celebrate the depths of that love in dying for us, and its triumph over death itself in the resurrection. At Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, ‘power from on high’, to enable us to love as God has loved us.

It’s as simple as that, really. The problem – in case you hadn’t noticed – is that we don’t manage to love as God loves us. As we celebrate the Advent of the Prince of Peace this Christmas, the world is filled with conflict. One hundred years after the ending what was referred to at the time as ‘the war to end all wars’ there is still so much violence, bloodshed and oppression in the world.

Why is that? I suggest that the main reason we do not love as we ought is that we cannot, deep down, believe that we are loved or even loveable. Most of our ‘sinfulness’ – in Christian terminology – derives from an insecurity, a deep dis-ease within.

Ever since I became a Christian I have believed that I am unconditionally loved – in my head. The trouble is I couldn’t quite believe in my heart that anyone, let alone I, could be unconditionally loved. Until I became a parent, that is. I then felt an extraordinarily powerful and quite unconditional love for my children, and still do. I spoke to my daughter about this the other day and she feels the same about her two-year-old daughter.

Now I can believe that God loves me unconditionally – with my heart as well as my head. I have a long way to go but it has made me more loving.

My prayer this Christmas is that, whether or not we are parents, we shall be given grace to believe with all our heart that God loves us more than we can possibly imagine with a love that is stronger than death and which will stretch into all eternity. Then we might be able better to love as God loves us.

Rt Revd Dr John Inge
The Bishop of Worcester

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A thank you from Reader Vikki

THANK YOU!!!!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all who have supported me through my Reader training – I have been overwhelmed by the kind words of encouragement and people’s prayers and appreciated seeing so many of you at my licensing; representing the different churches across the deanery. It really has been a joy being with you the last five years and getting to know you and I look forward to the years ahead as Stourport Deanery’s Mission Developer and Reader. I also want to say thank you for my lovely gifts (pictures attached): the Parker Pen set was a gift from the deanery, it is ages since I have written with anything other than cheap pens so I’m really looking forward to using them. The 4Rivers (Shrawley, Witleys, Abberley & TVN) gave me a Home Communion Kit which I will also cherish and hopefully put into use sometime soon. I also received a very nice leather Bible from the Diocese.

Yours in Christ,

Vikki
xx

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Vikki Day’s Reader Licensing

On 15th September, in Worcester Cathedral, Vikki Day was licensed as a Reader to Stourport Deanery.

There was a celebration afterwards at Church House in Areley Kings where Rev Ted presented her with a Home Communion Kit in a bright pink box. Rev Mark Turner, Rural Dean, also made a presentation on behalf of the Deanery.

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St Lawrence Clubs, Lindridge CE Primary School

Our weekly lunchtime and after school clubs run each Thursday during term time, and are open to all ages & classes, from Reception through to Year 6.

We’ve had a busy year, celebrating many different occasions, enjoying stories, games, song, dance, praise, creative prayer and craft activities. This term we have been learning British Sign Language through song and prayer, which has been thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We explored many topics, including “All of God’s People in the Community.” Not only those in our church congregations but outside the church walls to people in our local community and beyond. As well as celebrating today’s Saints; those who care for us and shape our lives; i.e. families, teachers, doctors, nurses, and the emergency services, we talked about some unusual occupations such as “Pet Food Tasters” and “Water-slide Testers!” There are some great jobs out there we didn’t know existed! We considered those in our local communities whose work often goes unrecognised, such as those at home caring for loved ones.

The children were introduced to the meaning of the Eucharist and Communion Services in church, when we remember the events of the Passover Supper. The children had fun taking part in a ‘special communion’ with Reverend Sallie, where we acted out the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples, and learnt about the chalice and paten and what they are used for.

Special thanks go to all of our volunteers for their help and support at both lunch time and after school clubs.

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

Liz Whitehead, ALM Children’s Worker & Reverend Sallie Butcher

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Lindridge Baby and 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.

Recent activities include the soft blocks, which were very much enjoyed as can be seen in the pictures below. We have also enjoyed planting sunflowers to be taken and shown at the Eastham Fete.

Our current term finishes on Thursday 19th July; we then have a break and resume in September.

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.

Come and enjoy time together – no need to book, just come along!

Vickie & team


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Good Friday Crafts 2018

Many children, parents, carers and volunteer helpers came together at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School for this, our annual children’s Easter craft session.

In addition to Easter Gardens, many seasonal crafts were on offer for all to enjoy, and delicious refreshments were served throughout the morning.

Thank you to everyone involved for your help during the session, and for making this event so enjoyable.

Christingle Collection Candles

We would like to thank all families at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School for their generous support in fundraising for the Children’s Society during November in preparation for our Christingle celebrations.

We managed to raise a fantastic £87 which helps further the charities work with underprivileged children.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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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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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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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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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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