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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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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Teme Valley North Parish Charity Khwendo Kor

khwendo kor logoTeme Valley North has elected to adopt the Non-governmental Organisation Khwendo Kor as its charity for the next three years and we asked Ian Sinclair, the Vice-Chair of UK Friends of Khwendo Kor to explain something about it.

Click here for his reply.

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Good Friday Crafts

This community event was held at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School.

Many crafts were on offer for all to try, including Easter Resurrection Gardens, Palm Leaf weaving, Holy Week stained glass effect window decorations, egg painting and egg mosaics, Easter baskets, butterfly hanging decorations, and much more. The children also enjoyed face painting.

Hot Cross Buns, teas, coffee and squash were at the ready for all to enjoy.

A big thank you to all volunteer helpers who made this event possible, and so enjoyable.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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Women’s World Day of Prayer 2016

The Women’s World Day of Prayer service on Friday 4th March was held for the first time at St Lawrence’s and was led by Marjorie Workman. Devised by the women of Cuba, the lovely service offered us the opportunity to learn more about their country and to join together with others across the world reflecting and praying on the theme Receive Children. Receive me.

A big thank you to the children of Lindridge School Kingfisher Class who sang to us before the start of the service, and to Imogen, Laura and Annie who stayed to take part (with great confidence) in the service itself along with others from across our newly united parishes. We were delighted to have Caroline Whittaker with us to lead the meditation, which included a visual presentation supplied by the women of Cuba to illustrate the theme. Chris Carter so ably accompanied the songs – which were mainly new to us – on the piano, and we all enjoyed delicious Cuban-style lemonade, coffee and traditional biscuits.

A big thank you to the team from the united parishes who worked together to organise the service: Eleanor Baber, Pauline Briggs, Sue Manning, Chris and Vickie Melling, and all those who took part. The collection will be sent to WWDP for projects that they sponsor at home and abroad.

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Tribute to Betty Andersson

Many of you will have seen the following poem on display at Betty’s wake. Written by Betty’s granddaughter, Louise Andersson, it touched many people.


One Lady

One lady and her mother,
Begin the day with a smile,
A bond that can never be broken,
The love between mother and child.

One lady and her father,
Wave farewell as he goes to war,
But farewell is never goodbye,
As one lady will see her father once more.

One lady and her sister,
Play under the late morning sky,
A sister is a friend for life,
Who’ll make you both laugh, and cry.

One lady and her dog,
Go for a walk in the midday sun,
Strolling through the luscious greens,
Saying hello to everyone.

One lady and her husband,
Begin their journey together,
A journey that is not always easy,
But a love that will last forever.

One lady and her children,
Hold hands to cross the road,
Giving them the gift of life,
Is what one lady Bestowed.

One lady and her grandchild,
Are ready for a story and bed,
One lady reads out loud to them,
Putting wonderful words in their heads.

Now It’s time for one lady to go to sleep,
But the moments will still live on,
For she’ll eternally stay within our hearts,
So this lady will never really be gone.

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The Silver Line

silverline-logoThe Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people. It is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Silver Line is a national charity and delivers one to one services in support of older people in the UK who may be experiencing challenges due to the impact of loneliness or social isolation.

It was Dame Esther Rantzen’s feelings of loneliness following the death of her husband that prompted her, as founder and president, to publicly share her own feelings and open up the discussion around loneliness – a subject surrounded by stigma.
In November 2011 she was invited to make a key-note speech at a conference at which she came up with the idea of creating a helpline in order to support vulnerable older people, sign-post them to projects and services, break through the stigma of loneliness and isolation, and tackle the problems of abuse and neglect.

If you know anyone who you think might benefit from The Silver Line, then please give them the helpline number: 0800 4 70 80 90

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Reboot, Refresh, Recommit: Celebration of Ministry – 31st January 2016

On Sunday the 31st January, the church communities of Shrawley, Little Witley, Great Witley, Abberley, Stockton-on-Teme, Pensax, Lindridge and Knighton gathered together to re-commit our lives to the service of Christ.

Rev’d Ted led us in worship at Abberley Village Hall, a central point for the newly united churches. After the praise and worship, we spent some time getting to know each other better over coffee and cake, and also took the opportunity to look at the displays from each of the churches showing their community life.

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