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Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy (BRC) has added new chaplains to its team. A licensing service conducted by Honorary Assistant Bishop Michael Bourke at Church Stretton Methodist Church brought an additional eight chaplains to the team of five, which was commissioned in 2015. Revd. Jon Chesworth and Revd. Frances Biseker from the Shropshire and Marches Circuit are among those newly commissioned.
Opening the service, which was led by Methodist District Chair Revd. Rachel Parkinson, Chaplain Nick Read stated, “Chaplaincy is as wide as the people who take part in it. Our passion is the farming community, our motivation is the love of Jesus Christ”.
The ecumenical partnership between the Diocese of Hereford and the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church offers pastoral care and outreach to farmers, farming families and agricultural communities principally within Hereford and South Shropshire.
2016 saw substantial requests for support from the Chaplaincy Team with approximately 250 farming families receiving help and support ranging from a confidential listening ear, farm and home visits, to sign-posting to appropriate organisations and practical, hands-on assistance. Pastoral contacts reach the Chaplaincy through various channels including the national helpline, The Farming Community Network (FCN), members of the agricultural industry and Trading Standards.
Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy is growing, licensing new chaplains on Saturday July 22nd, to offer more farmers & agricultural communities pastoral care. You are invited to join them for this special occasion:
Superintendent Minister Revd. Richard Hall will be leading a Youth trip to Rwanda in August. Among the young people participating in the visit, which will include collaborating with members of the Methodist Church in Rwanda on a variety of projects, will be his daughters Ruth and Catrin.
To raise funds for the trip they invite you to,
A “Musical Evening”
featuring Ruth, Catrin and other special guests
At Bayston Hill Methodist Church, Lansdowne Road, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury SY3 0HZ
On Saturday 24th June at 7.00pm
Come along and be musically entertained.
Free admission – donations welcome
AT BAYSTON HILL METHODIST CHURCH, 2:30 p.m.
Worship prepared by the Methodist Women in Britain on behalf of the World Mission Fund. The offering helps the work of 65 Partner Churches overseas. This is an opportunity to hear about some of the Christians and work taking place in these churches.
MOTHERING SUNDAY SERVICES INCLUDE:
Ellesmere Methodist Chapel (SY12 0EA) are hosting a Messy Church 4pm-6pm.
The Sunday Club group will be taking part in Clun Methodist Chapel’s (SY7 8JB) Morning Worship at 10am, which will include a distribution of flowers.
Ellerdine Heath Chapel (TF6 6QN) will be joined by Moreton Mill Chapel for a special Mothering Sunday Service at 9:30am led by Revd. Heather Williams. Flowers will be distributed to all the ladies. Families are asked to bring along a picture of their mothers for use during a time of mediation in the service.
Revd. Heather Williams will also conduct a special service at Northwood Chapel (SY4 5NN) at 11.00am.
Ludlow Methodist’s (SY8 1NH) Junior Church will distribute posies of daffodils and foliage, to all the ladies attending the morning service, at 10:30, regardless of whether they are ‘Mothers’ or not.
For other Mothering Sunday events taking place across the Circuit, please contact the churches directly.
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Prior to the Breakfast Conversation, Circuit Steward Andrea Sheppick made two videos featuring ministers Jon Chesworth and Frances Biseker addressing food poverty. These can be viewed here:
Leominster Methodist Church held a Breakfast Conversation last Saturday where a group was established to support the End Hunger UK campaign, a national campaign sponsored by several charities including Child Poverty Action Group and Church Action on Poverty. Over a cooked breakfast the group made up of participants from local churches of various denominations, discussed the growing need for food banks in most of the towns and cities in the UK, why people in a developed society are going hungry and what the church can do to address this crisis. With members of the clergy and caring professions being increasingly approached by people facing food and fuel poverty, due in many cases to what they consider the failings of the benefits system, particularly payment delays, an inflexible and harsh sanctions policy and long adjudication procedures, participants felt that the time has come to do more than provide food through food banks.
Revd. Jon Chesworth who chaired the discussion said the event was “an opportunity to enjoy breakfast and talk about the serious issue of why people are going hungry, to listen to peoples’ stories and share experiences” adding that he felt that the system set up to help poorer members of society is “not compassionate enough”. Myths about false benefit claimants were dispelled in a presentation which revealed that this accounts for under 1 percent of claims and that zero hours contracts were largely to blame for the desperate situation many, who are in work yet turn to food banks, find themselves in.
The presentation included first-hand accounts from people living with long-term reliance on food banks, a segment on a Church Action on Poverty initiative that provides meals for children during school holidays, a screening of the trailer for the film I, Daniel Blake and a brief overview of the Truth and Lies Report published by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).*
Through the discussion which followed, the group identified a need for policy to deal specifically with poverty in rural areas. They decided to take practical steps including galvanising church members to lobby MPs, investigate where school holiday meals provision schemes can be established locally, develop fundraising initiatives and continue to meet as an ecumenical endeavour to support End Hunger UK.
Prior to the Breakfast Conversation, Circuit Steward Andrea Sheppick made two videos featuring Revd. Jon Chesworth and Frances Biseker addressing food poverty. These can be viewed here:
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