A welcome party at Lindridge St Lawrence

Swallows have been nesting in the porch at Lindridge Church. They are now using the well-placed notice board as their resting place before fledging – here’s hoping the notices will still be readable when they leave! It is really good to see them as the first brood were taken by a sparrowhawk, or similar.

Our church buildings might not be full of people just yet, but the wildlife is happy!

Posted in News | Comments Off on A welcome party at Lindridge St Lawrence

Getting churches ready for opening …

Over the last week, a merry band of cleaners have been hard at work in Lindridge St Lawrence and Abberley St Mary. Not all the helpers at Lindridge are in the photo-shoot, some wanted to remain anonymous.

Thanks to all those who have helped in any way to open the church buildings for prayer.

Vickie Melling

Posted in News | Comments Off on Getting churches ready for opening …

Congratulations Sharon and Mark

Congratulations to Sharon and Mark who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this week.

The occasion was marked with a socially distanced blessing from Rev Ted in their garden.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Congratulations Sharon and Mark

A letter for July from the Archdeacon of Dudley

As I write this piece for you, at the very end of May, life is still full of uncertainty, and I have no idea what the situation in our country, or in our churches, will be like by the time you read my words. The year to date has been one of unprecedented change – much that we now regard as ‘normal’ would have been unimaginable this time last year. We have adapted our lifestyles, followed the guidelines, practised social distancing, closed our church buildings and endeavoured to stay alert to slow the spread of a global pandemic and save lives.

I wonder what you have most missed during these months of lockdown. And I wonder how long we will consciously treasure those things when we eventually have them back in our lives. Because we take so much for granted, until it’s suddenly not there, or not allowed. For me, it’s been all about people – my family and friends. Throughout April and May, there were many things we could only do with ‘members of our own household’. I, along with over eight million other people in the UK, live alone, so until late May I couldn’t do anything with anyone! Apart from my virtual encounters (which fill most days – the wonders of technology have enabled meetings to go on, so the world hasn’t ground to a complete halt). How I have missed being with my Mum and Dad, my wider family, sharing a meal and a hug. How I have craved a face-to-face chat with a friend. How I have longed to mingle with others over a coffee at the end of a church service, after having sung our hearts out in praise and shared communion and a sign of peace together.

Some of those joys are gradually being restored now. I can see my mum in the garden, but not hug her. I can run with a friend and chat to my heart’s content, but running a marathon with thousands of others is off-limits. Church buildings are likely to be closed for gathered worship for some time yet. My spirits have been lifted wonderfully by these new freedoms, and I want to keep that sense of thankfulness and joy, never again taking such things for granted.

In his letter to a small church in Colosse, Saint Paul urges his readers to ‘be thankful’, to ‘sing with gratitude’. It’s easy to forget thankfulness when we take things for granted, the freedoms most of us have as able-bodied people in a relatively affluent part of the world. When the freedom to leave our homes, walk the hills, get a haircut, worship together, hug our family gets wrenched from us, we are perhaps prompted to realise how little we appreciated all that was good. I hope to have an attitude of gratitude long after this crisis is over. I want to be thankful for all the things I have missed, not just for the first few weeks I have them back, but forever.

As we venture into whatever the new normal looks like, let’s cultivate thankfulness and grateful hearts, and never take our blessings for granted.

The Venerable Nikki Groarke
Archdeacon of Dudley

Posted in News | Comments Off on A letter for July from the Archdeacon of Dudley

June’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

June’s Draw (The third draw in this series)

June’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Julia Curtis rolled the dice on 3rd 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 Willie Austin of Lindridge (Draw no 195)
The £30 winner is Julian Turner of Pensax (Draw no 338)
The £20 winner is Val Patrick of Stoke Bliss (Draw no 775)

A number of people in Knighton have not been entered because their subscriptions were not collected – if you wish to take part from 1st October to 31st March – the subscription will be £5 – please contact Duane or Robin if you wish to join.

If you have not already joined, and wish to – please contact Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or at robin.c.dean@gmail.com, or your local co-ordinator.

Posted in News | Comments Off on June’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

Heaven in ordinary…something understood, by Archdeacon Robert Jones

The month of June sees the Church emerging from the long seasons of Lent and Easter into the even longer Trinity season, which stretches through the summer into the autumn. Some churches call this period Ordinary time, which I rather like. Without ordinary, we would not appreciate the extraordinary.

It seems to me that most of us are yearning for a touch of the ordinary right now. We have done our best to make the most of difficult times under lockdown, but are looking forward to ‘normal’ human contact and, as some people put it, getting our lives back. In truth, our lives have carried on, albeit within boundaries. And we have had time to reflect. A little while back in the midst of all this, I read something which stuck with me and got me thinking: God does not send us plagues to teach us things, though we can learn from them.

When bad things happen, people ask why. The God revealed in Jesus does not visit plagues on people, nor wish natural disasters on anyone. Rather, the Gospel shows us a God who chooses to walk with us, meets us in the storms of life, and experiences the highs and lows of what it means to be human alongside us.

So what are we learning? After years of bruising debate about our relationships within Europe, we are learning the art of listening and talking kindly with one another again. Community spirit is flourishing and in the midst of isolation we have become more connected: not only through social media but also through the humble telephone. We have learned what it is to miss our social contact with one another: love of neighbour has re-emerged in a new and stronger way.

We are learning that we are connected across the whole world. ‘Me first’ does not work when facing a common challenge to our well-being – whoever thought we could all be first anyway? What happens thousands of miles away affects us and we are learning that we are all responsible for each other, challenged to work for the common good because that includes our own good.

George Herbert, the seventeenth-century priest-poet, wrote a poem called Prayer, in which he used the delightful phrase ‘heaven in ordinary’. As we enter these weeks of Ordinary time, we could try to see what we have learned. You might like to look up the poem, for tellingly it ends with these simple words: ‘something understood.’

Robert Jones, Archdeacon of Worcester

Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age,
God’s breath in man returning to his birth,
The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth
Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,
Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
The six-days world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul’s blood,
The land of spices; something understood.

George Herbert (1593-1633)

Posted in News | Comments Off on Heaven in ordinary…something understood, by Archdeacon Robert Jones

World Day of Prayer 2020

Held at St. Michael’s Church, Little Witley

Theme: “Rise! Take your mat and walk”
Prepared by Christian women of Zimbabwe

Here in St Michael’s church we participated in a very moving service – one small part of a great wave of prayer which encircled the globe on 6th March 2020. The first service took part as the sun rose over Samoa and ended some 36 hours later back in the Pacific as the sun set over American Samoa.

Each year the service is written by a different country – this year Zimbabwe.

Our own service was largely coordinated by Eleanor Baber and led by Marjorie Workman with the help of and participation by many from 4RIVERS CHURCHES. We were invited to reflect upon the challenges facing Zimbabweans as they seek love, peace and reconciliation and look at how this can affect our attitudes towards each other and our own communities, all highly relevant at this time.

Vickie Melling dealt with the technical side of setting up a screen showing some amazing pictures of the country and art of Zimbabwe. We were fortunate in having Christopher Carter playing the piano for the hymns.

There were lots of objects and pictures on display, all provided by the congregation. These represented the country and its people – flags, musical instruments, crafts, indigenous food and so on.

In the reading, Jesus asks the man, “Do you want to be made well?” We were invited to reflect on this – what does it mean to experience God’s love and healing, to “Stand up, take your mat and walk”? Where in our lives and communities do we hear Jesus’ life-changing question: “Do you want to be made well?” What can we all commit to in order to make the world and our community a better place?

The prayers and hymns were inspirational and the whole service was enjoyed by a large congregation.

The photos show the interior of St Michael’s church with some of the things on display.


Gail Hayward
Churchwarden, St Michael Little Witley

[Click on one of the pictures and then click or swipe to move through them. If you can’t see any arrows to click, try the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.]

Posted in News | Comments Off on World Day of Prayer 2020

Pancakes at Great Witley Rectory

On Shrove Tuesday, the Rectory was, once again, filled with activity and good appetites. As can be seen in the picture, a great way to meet and chat together and enjoy pancakes of course – there was a very efficient production line going, from mixing batter to cooking, serving and, of course, eating.

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way and also to those who came and enjoyed the end results and thank you to everyone who generously contributed to the informal collection. We raised £100 for St Richard’s Hospice, which was brilliant!

Thanks also to Rev Ted and Caroline for opening their home to everyone.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Pancakes at Great Witley Rectory

Christmas Crafts 2019

Lindridge Church held its annual Christmas Crafts at Lindridge School on Saturday 14th December where the children and their families made Christmas cards and other Christmas decorations.

The particular favourite was glue, glitter and baubles, plus making paper chains – who could make the longest chain without breaking it?

Thank you to everyone who came along to help, and a note that we need more glitter for the future!

[Click on one of the pictures and then click or swipe to move through them. If you can’t see any arrows to click, try the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.]

Posted in News | Comments Off on Christmas Crafts 2019

Christmas 2019 roundup at Lindridge

A big thank you to all who helped to clean and decorate the church, which looked stunning. Thanks also to the team who decorated the Christmas Tree, which was generously donated by Steve Wheeler.

Once again, the Lindridge Church Choir, led by Andrew and Jason treated us all to a wonderful service of carols, readings and poems on December 21st. The church was filled with stunning music and singing. After the service there was warm mulled wine and nibbles to share while we chatted. A retiring collection for Maggs Day Centre was taken from which was raised £180 – thank you to all who contributed so generously.

On Christmas Eve families joined together at Lindridge Parish Hall for a Nativity celebration with a difference. The story of Jesus’ Birthday and an innkeeper who became more and more irate with the visitors who came knocking on his door looking for baby Jesus – it turned out well in the end! All the children who came along took part and dressed up as angels, shepherd and wise men, plus a little sheep. The Nativity finished in a traditional Christmas Eve way, with a visit from a very special person who was at the start of a very busy evening!

For the second year a group from Lindridge Church went Carol Singing around Eardiston, finishing at The Eardiston with more singing and fun. Our thanks to The Eardiston for making us so welcome, and to all the families who came out to listen and join in with the singing.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Christmas 2019 roundup at Lindridge

Farewell to Pensax Thrift Shop

A short article on the history and closing of Pensax Thrift Shop has been added to the History pages. You can find it here.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Farewell to Pensax Thrift Shop

Lindridge Baby and Toddler Group win The Derek Marks Junior Cup

The Toddler group entries at the Lindridge Autumn Show both won first prize and one was Best in Show in the Junior category. Well done Toddlers and all who helped with the cutting, glueing and fun.

Up-cycled wellington boots were painted and decorated in the fashion of decoupage, but much closer to cutting and sticking. One boot was filled with garden flowers the other was used as a planter for herbs.

Thanks to everyone who helped Toddler serve tea, coffee and cakes at the show. £59 was raised towards the Toddler Group funds. And thanks to Lindridge Parish Hall for hosting a brilliant event.

Vickie Melling



Posted in News | Comments Off on Lindridge Baby and Toddler Group win The Derek Marks Junior Cup

St Lawrence Clubs at Lindridge CE Primary School

Our weekly clubs run each Thursday during term time, and are open to all ages and 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 the celebration of the feast of Pentecost when we read in the Bible that Jesus followers were filled with God’s power and they rushed out into the street to tell everyone about him, this power gave them the strength to continue the work that Jesus had started. We thought about the gifts of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, and how we can all use these gifts in our everyday lives.

We looked at our responsibility towards planet earth and towards each other, and thought of many examples of how we can care for God’s world. We talked about endangered species from home and abroad, and it was decided to adopt the magnificent Susa group of mountain gorillas. The children love receiving updates from WWF-UK.

We talked about Fairtrade Certified products, and how the Foundation was formed, especially for the poor countries, and how we can all make a difference in reducing poverty and improve working conditions through our everyday shopping. We were surprised at the huge range of products that are available to purchase marked Fairtrade.

Special thanks go to all of our volunteers for their dedicated help and support at both lunchtime and after school clubs, and we look forward to meeting once again for lunchtime club during the autumn term.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

Posted in News | Comments Off on St Lawrence Clubs at Lindridge CE Primary School

Lindridge Pentecost Flower Festival 2019

Thanks to all who helped decorate the Lindridge St Lawrence Church for the Flower Festival on Pentecost weekend.

The birthday of the church was celebrated in style and the church was overflowing with wonderful displays from across the Lindridge Parish community – everyone contributed. Special thanks go to Dianne and Wendy for bringing together all the displays and for their wonderful creativity.

Whilst it was a wet and blustery day, there was a steady stream of visitors – from as far as Manchester to about 100 metres! The BBQ was going and lunch was served, and then we welcomed everyone for tea, coffee and delicious cake in the church. Folk sat and chatted in the church, enjoyed the games and admired all the displays.

We give thanks to God for the beauty of the world and for all His gifts. Psalm 95 verses 1 to 3 “O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”

[Click on one of the pictures and then click or swipe to move through them. If you can’t see any arrows to click, try the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.]

Posted in News | Comments Off on Lindridge Pentecost Flower Festival 2019

Easter Craft Workshop

Easter Craft Workshop at St Lawrence Lindridge C E Primary School

The community came together once again for a very enjoyable morning of Easter crafts, which was held on Saturday 13th April, in the school hall.

Children of all ages had fun making individual Easter gardens, symbolising the importance of the Easter story. Plenty of other seasonal themed crafts were on offer for all to enjoy, including painting eggs with patterns and faces, Holy Week stained glass window hanging decorations, Easter baskets, spring tissue paper flowers, cards, fun Easter masks, and the very popular chocolate egg nest cakes were available to make and eat! Delicious refreshments were served throughout the morning. This event was well supported, and thanks go to all those involved in helping in so many ways during the morning.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

[Click on one of the pictures and then click or swipe to move through them. If you can’t see any arrows to click, try the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.]

Posted in News | Comments Off on Easter Craft Workshop

Palm Sunday at Knighton

On Palm Sunday morning the Right Reverend Graham Usher, The Bishop of Dudley led the worship at Knighton Parish Room and Knighton Church.

At the Parish Room, children from Lindridge St Lawrence Primary School, and elsewhere, sang songs learnt through recent assemblies with Rev Ted and they sang them beautifully.

The Bishop talked about the story of Holy Week and the children enacted this story and walked through the congregation at the Parish Room shouting “Hosanna”, “Blessed is He”, and ululating in celebration.

The congregation then processed to the Church with balloons and palm crosses, where Lindridge Choir greeted them and where we joined together for Holy Communion. To finish our Palm Sunday celebration the Choir sang “The Ukrainian Orthodox Hallelujahs” and “Thuma Mina” (Send me, Lord), which was extremely moving.

[Click on one of the pictures and then click or swipe to move through them. If you can’t see any arrows to click, try the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.]

Posted in News | Comments Off on Palm Sunday at Knighton

Pancakes at the Rectory

On “Shrove” Monday (yes Monday!), the Rectory was filled with activity and good appetites. A wonderful way to meet and chat together and enjoy pancakes – there was a great production line going, from mixing batter to cooking, serving and, of course, eating.

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way and also to those who came and enjoyed the end results and all who generously contributed to the informal collection – we were able to donate £80 to the Children’s Society.

Thanks also to Rev Ted and Caroline for opening their home to everyone.

[Click on one of the pictures and then click or swipe to move through them. If you can’t see any arrows to click, try the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.]

Posted in News | Comments Off on Pancakes at the Rectory

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

Posted in News | Comments Off on A thank you from Reader Vikki

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.

[Click on one of the pictures and then click or swipe to move through them. If you can’t see any arrows to click, try the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.]

Posted in News | Comments Off on Vikki Day’s Reader Licensing

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

Posted in News | Comments Off on St Lawrence Clubs, Lindridge CE Primary School