Social Events: Getting to know each other
Sunday 24 June
3.00pm - 5.00pm St Peter's Rooms
The Booth Centre is an independent charity based in Pimblett Street, Manchester. It looks after people who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. It helps them plan for and realise a better future, providing advice in finding accommodation, education and training. People are helped to secure employment; they receive free healthy meals and are given support in tackling issues with health and addiction. Creative activities, such as gardening, art and craft work, drama are offered to boost confidence and self esteem.
Take a look at their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Sunday 24 June 3.00pm-3.45pm
Quodlibet Wind Quartet
Sunday 1 July 3:00pm - 3.45pm
Summer Street Party and Rose Queen
Sunday 1 July
The day starts at 10.00am with the Rose Queen Family Service when we say farewell to the current Rose Queen and Rose Bud and welcome Milly Collins and Poppy Pickup - the new Rose Queen and Rose Bud. Later in the afternoon the street will be closed to traffic and come to life with a 'makers market', live music and all sorts of children's activities. The crowning of the new Rose Queen will take place at 3.00pm, performed by Menna Fitzpatrick - ex-girls' chorister and gold-medal-winning Para Olympian.
Summer Street Party and Rose Queen: 1 July
This year the Girls' Choir will be serving teas during the Street Party (3-5.30pm) and we would love some help from keen bakers. If you could help by baking a cake, please sign up on the sheet at the back of church. Cakes can be dropped off at St Peter's Rooms on the morning of 1 July or from 2.00pm. Any questions, please speak to Helen Howe or Kate Collins.
Quiz night for Ghana
Probably in early July: watch this space!
Not many details as yet, but we may be holding this on Monday 9 July - though if there is a fabulous world cup game on that evening then we will find a different date! These quizzes have been enormously successful in the past - excellent questions, a lot of fun, all in all a great evening - and the amount raised is always an incredible amount for Ghana. Their costs are so much less than ours, they can do amazing things with the money!
Do you love books?
(and do you have a good sense of order?!)
Upstairs in the balcony area of St Peter's Rooms (called Galilee) you will discover a growing library of Christian books - many from Elizabeth and David Briggs when they moved south - and we need a simple system so that people can borrow these books. Does sorting and cataloguing everything sound like a task that would engage you? It would be very satisfying to complete!
For generations reading Christian books has been one of the ways Christians grow in their faith - through biographies, devotional books, help with prayer and apologetics, as well as Bible commentaries or Christian lifestyle issues. If you think this might be something you could enjoy, please talk to Patrick or one of the ministry team.
Care for those with memory loss
2.00-4.00pm alternate Wednesdays in St Peter's Rooms
P&J Social is a relaxed, happy and friendly group for carers and their loved ones whose illness has been diagnosed as dementia, short term memory loss, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease. A chance for carers to have a quiet cup of tea and chat with others in the same situation, whilst their loved ones are cared for and entertained. Everyone leaves with smiles on their faces! There are a few vacancies, so If you would like to know more or come for a taster session to see what it's like please ring Anne on 077999 862 035.
Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Prayer and money are badly needed
You may be aware that violence in parts of the Congo is acute and many thousands of people have been made homeless, as well as suffering from appalling atrocities. Our bishops report that the local churches are doing amazing work and they ask for two things. Prayer, as last week's worship sheet recognised, and money - for food, healthcare, clothes...
We can give online www.congochurchassn.org, or by transfer to Congo Church Association CAF Bank Ltd, account number 00016616, sort code 40-52-40, or send a cheque payable to Congo Church Association to The Hon Treasurer, Paul Dickens, Hockcliffe Grange, Hockcliffe, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9NL. Thank you.
Climate change petition
Please sign to raise awareness
This petition is part of a nationwide campaign by the Climate Change Coalition called "Speak-up Week" (which runs from 30 June - 8 August) to maintain (or raise) the political profile of the effect of carbon-based fuels on our climate with the intention that the UK should take the lead globally on moving to more sustainable ways of living.
CCC is a UK charity with some 15 million members and 130 member organisations, a significant proportion of which are Christian - Christian Aid, WI, CAFOD, A Rocha, Climate Stewards, Green Christian, Iona Community, URC and many others.
New data protection rules
Have you signed up yet?
If you normally receive the bulletin and news items and don't get June's issue in the next day or two it will be because you haven't responded yet to the email asking you to subscribe again. We have to ask everyone so please do so and we'll be able to remain in touch. You can always check the website for news and to read the bulletin but having everything pop into your inbox is much more convenient. Please subscribe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable shopping bags for sale
- a tiny step to stop damaging God's earth
These strong, recycled jute shopping bags are good in three ways. They're far better than lethal plastic, they support Hope in North-east Cheshire, and they are one more small way to follow the Church's fifth mark of mission, which is to look after this beautiful earth that God has blessed us with. Minimum price for each bag is £1.50 (the cost of production), but if you'd like to give more, that would be great!
Do you love to sing? Or play?
Would you like to join the music group?
The music group enjoys a glorious blend of voices and instruments as it leads us in morning worship, roughly twice a month. At any one time we may have singers, keyboards, guitars, clarinet, violin...... Pretty much every instrument is welcome to the mix, bringing variety to the music as well as joy. If you have a musician inside wondering whether to emerge, please talk to Andrew, Patrick or one of the music group.
The Friday Night Youth Project
our thriving youth group is looking for help to enable us to expand
In just two years, the Friday Night Youth Project has grown from a tiny seed to a flourishing tree, and as our numbers grow, so does our need for adult helpers. There is a legal ratio of adult to child and we hate it when we have to turn youngsters away because we don't have enough adults helping.... Volunteering with the FNYP is very satisfying. Loved by both parents and youngsters, the FNYP keeps us in touch with the next generation's world view - and it's never ever dull. Could you join us? Talk to Andrea: call 07586 358610 or email email@example.com
Thursdays at 11.45am for one hour
It's amazing the difference one hour's cleaning makes - especially as there's always time for a chat as well! If you'd like to help, just pop down and join in.
Do you enjoy coffee after morning services?
It's lovely to see friendly faces making our coffees but have you noticed how often they are the same friendly faces? It would be really good if we could share this easy task out a bit more. Pop your name down on the rota and join in!
Special and All Services in the next few weeks:
For Special Services coming soon at our churches see webcalendar on this page: "Special Services"
For all Services coming soon at our 3 churches see webcalendar on this page: "The Next Four Weeks"
You can also view The Rota
Afternoon Tea at St Peter's Rooms at 2:30pm on a Monday every month
Everyone is invited to tea and cake with a speaker and a raffle.
Join the Holy Dusters/ Folders/Helpers
Can you spare.....
A couple of hours a month … to help fold and staple the Bulletin (flexible times towards the end of each month)
One hour a month … to join in with a worship service at a local care home (11.00am the last Friday of each month)
One hour a week, or every other week – to join our Holy Dusters and Oddjobbing Team (11.45am every Thursday for just an hour)
Interested? Put your name and contact
details into the red post-box at the back
of church – we will be in touch!
And coffee-making too … Bill is putting
together a rota of people to make coffee
after the morning service – please
sign up on the list.
Weekly thoughts from the vicar:
Each week our vicar publishes his "thoughts" in the Sunday Worship Sheet at St Peter's. This link: Weekly thoughts from the vicar takes you to his last three messages.