Life & Learning @ Ludlow – 2014-15 Programme

Life & Learning @ Ludlow is the name given to an adult education programme which seeks to broaden understanding and initiate debate on theology, social issues and the arts. Arranged by the Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow, (a member of Churches Together Around Ludlow) the events are open to all people from the town and beyond, regardless of religious affiliation.
 
The programme offers a range of opportunities for study and learning. It is intended to stimulate the interest of people of faith who want to reflect deeply on how their faith impacts on their engagement with the world around them, and also appeal to those with no strong faith commitment who are interested in exploring the Christian perspective on contemporary issues.
 
In October, the third year of the programme begins and attached is the prospectus for October 2014 – March 2015. They are fortunate in being able to attract a number of significant speakers including this year the Revd Lord (Leslie) Griffiths, Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel, London.
 
Full details are available of St Laurence’s website at: www.stlaurences.org.uk/lifeandlearning and you can download a copy of the programme here Life & Learning at Ludlow 2014-2015 Programme
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The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, Wolverhampton need your votes please for a new kitchen!

Chance to help secure a new kitchen at Darlington Street – we need your vote!

With a few clicks you could help us win a brand new kitchen and appliances!

The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd are open 7 days a week to support all those in need, supplying food, showers, advice and basic provisions.  As well as making sandwiches for distribution on five days, twice a week we operate a dining room service for our clients to have a freshly prepared hot meal.

Last year we catered for and supported over 87,000 clients; so, as you can imagine, a chance to replace the very well used kitchen facilities at Darlington Street would be extremely welcome!

The opportunity has now arisen!  We have been chosen by Period Living magazine as one of 7 nominated ‘good causes’ in their Good-Will Award scheme.

We now need as many votes as we can to go forward to the next round.

You can help and support the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd by voting for us at;  www.periodliving.co.uk/goodwill-award

Our kitchen is a very busy place, where sandwiches are prepared and meals cooked for our clients; so it would be wonderful for us to have the opportunity to win this competition and improve the facilities and equipment we use.

Public voting closes on 30TH MAY 2014 and we really need your vote!

Thank you for your support.

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All We Can – Methodist Relief and Development (MRDF)

“Do all the good you can….” said John Wesley.  As you may have heard, earlier this month MRDF changed its name to All We Can, the Methodist relief and development partner.  Our new name reflects the renewal of our commitment to do all we can to help those who need us most.  With the continued generosity and prayerful support of Methodist churches and individuals, we want to have a greater impact on people in the world’s poorest communities in the future.

This harvest, will you help All We Can to nurture potential in some of the world’s poorest communities?

How will your church be celebrating Harvest this year?  Harvest provides a great opportunity to celebrate the earth that God created and the produce it brings.  It is also a time when we can think about people in the world whose situations are different from our own, and how we might be able to help them to have better harvests.

At All We Can – we see God-given potential in everyone.  By supporting our Harvest Appeal, your church can help us to nurture that potential in places where the need is greatest – by investing in partnerships that improve quality of life and create positive, long-term change.

Our free harvest resources for churches, groups and schools will help make your harvest celebrations both memorable and meaningful.  This year, they focus on communities in Burundi, East Africa, where people are rebuilding their lives after a damaging civil war.  All We Can’s local partners are providing people with tools to farm their land, and fertiliser and seeds to make their harvests fruitful.  The resources feature inspiring stories of improvement and hope, and offer the opportunity to respond practically through giving to All We Can’s Harvest Appeal.

Gifts given to All We Can this harvest will mean that some of the world’s poorest people have enough food, not just this year, but for years to come.

The All We Can website – www.allwecan.org.uk – will tell you more about the harvest resources available, and how to order them.  They include prayers, sermon notes, a talk for all ages, interactive activities, a short film, ideas for school assemblies, campaign action cards and more.

I hope you will do all you can to help us to make a difference in some of the world’s poorest communities this harvest time.

Maurice Adams – Chief Executive of All We Can

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Pre-1900 Shropshire Methodist Registers now available online

Shropshire Archives have informed us that the pre-1900 Shropshire Methodist Registers are now available online via the Find Your Past website at http://www.findmypast.co.uk.

Free access is available at Shropshire Archives (Castle Gates, Shrewsbury) and at all Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin libraries.

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The President’s Visit to the District – Blog Post

The President of the Methodist Conference visited the District in March and has written more on this visit in her blog.

You can read it here.

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President of Methodist Conference – a talk to be given by Rev Ruth Gee

The Reverend Ruth Gee, President of Methodist Conference, will be speaking on ‘Glimpses of Glory in Rural Communities – finding God in meadow, marsh and muck’ on Saturday 29th March 2014 at Ludlow Methodist Church.

The talk will take place between 3pm and 4.30pm and all are welcome.

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Shrewsbury Secret Supper for Self Help Africa – 29th April 2014

Food-lovers from Shropshire and beyond are invited to the first Shrewsbury Secret Supper, with all proceeds to Self Help Africa.

Part of the 2014 Shrewsbury Food Festival, this special dining experience will take you to three secret restaurants  where you will be treated to a fabulous starter, main course and dessert.  The locations of the restaurants will not be revealed until the night!

Tickets for the three-course Shrewsbury Secret Supper are £30 per person.  Drinks are not included but can be bought from the restaurants on the night.  First course will be served at 7pm.

Places are limited so please buy your tickets now before everyone else hears about it.

For more information, please click here

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UN Anti-racism Rally – London – Saturday 22nd March 2014

A day of action has been called for across Europe on Saturday 22nd March to coincide with UN Anti-racism Day.

For more details on how you can get involved, please click on the link below to take you to a pdf document

No_to_Racism_22March_14

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Floods Crisis – Prayers and Donations

O Lord of the waters of creation

We are awed by the power and majesty of the oceans, seas and rivers.

We give thanks to you for the water we have to drink; for the skills we have been given by you to channel the power of the wind and the waves.

We remember before you those affected by flood, cyclone and hurricane.

We ask you to remind us, as we drink, of what we can do for those for whom water is less friendly.

AMEN

 

DONATIONS

A number of people have asked about the Methodist response to the floods.  If congregations wish to respond with a donation, contributions can be sent to the Arthur Rank Addington Fund, 9 Barford Exchange, Wellesbourne Road, Barford, Warwick CV35 8AQ.  Tel: 01926 620135.  Further information can be found on their website.

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Young Methodists change and challenge the Church at 3Generate

Young Methodists change and challenge the Church at 3Generate

About 250 Methodist young people aged between 8 and 25 gathered together last weekend (15-17 November) at the Pioneer Centre in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, for 3Generate 2013, the Methodist Youth Assembly. Together they made important decisions which will affect the life of the Church.

The theme was the call to love God, love yourself and love others (Matthew 22.34-40; Mark 12.28-31).

In different sessions they engaged with issues such as stress, conflict, bullying and self-esteem, as well as focusing on the Street Child World Cup, mental health and forgiveness. There was also a chance to speak out about issues relating to life, community, the world and the Church.

Alongside this there were acts of worship, diary room sessions, graffiti boards and animation to capture the young people’s voices, as well as activities like archery, high wires and parachute games.

During the weekend Megan Thomas from Kerry, Powys in Wales was elected as the Methodist youth president for 2014-2015. She will represent children and young people within the Methodist Church and speak out on their behalf. About her role, Kerry said, “I want to help the Methodist Church use one of its greatest resources, which is the youth. I don’t want any Methodist young person to feel that their age silences them.”

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