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Willows Counselling Service
Willlows are taking applications for the next course in Pastoral Counselling.
Use this link to find out more.
Stop the rubbish that harms people in poverty - Tearfund
In May last year, I joined a small crowd outside the HQs of Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever. With our banners and our voices, we told these companies: Stop the rubbish that harms people in poverty. Later that day, Sir David Attenborough launched our groundbreaking No Time To Waste report aimed at company CEOs, and our Rubbish Campaign featured on the front pages of national newspapers.
In just over a year, that small crowd has swelled to more than 50,000 people. Our voices have been heard and, together, we have achieved so much.
So I’m writing to say a big, heartfelt, not-rubbish ‘thank you’!
You may have signed our Rubbish Campaign petition at an event, at church, in the mail or online. You may have taken our Plastic Pledge, committing to give up a single-use plastic for 40 days or more. You may have involved your children or school in writing letters to the CEOs of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, or joined us in emailing them direct. You may have joined us in prayer. For all of this, we are so grateful. Please continue to journey with us as we call for a recovery from Covid-19 that is sustainable and fair through our Reboot Campaign.
Clare Lyons, Tearfund Action
Message from our Youth Worker, Hannah Newton
Hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine. I just wanted to let you know about a very good conference coming up in September for those who do any work with under 5s (I would recommend it, not only for those who help at Toddler Groups but also those who help with Messy Churches or any other all-age setting). Due to the current situation, the conference has moved online and is free to everyone wishing to attend.
All the details can be found via this link
Please, please do pass this on to people in your congregations who may be interested and encourage them to sign up. Faith in the Under 5's is a topic that is being discussed, studied and explored all over at the moment and it's really encouraging to learn how we can engage and support our very youngest community members! I'd really encourage you to sign up and engage with the sessions in September- I certainly will be!
Thy Kingdom Come 2020
Thy Kingdom Come looked different this year due to COVID-19. But still, Christians in more than 170 countries gathered online, bowed their knees in prayer and lifted their voices in hope as we all prayed, Thy Kingdom Come!
We hope that you enjoy this year’s wrap-up video, which gives just a taste of all that happened across the world. Thank you to everyone who got involved!
The service includes contributions from Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin, Archbishop Sentamu, Archbishop Angaelos, Pastor Agu, Methodist Youth President, Thelma Commey, Heidi Crowter, an advocate for people with Downs Syndrome, prayers from children, Bible readings from young people and a special multilingual version of the Lord's Prayer.
Worship was led by Matt Redman including a special music collaboration created especially for Thy Kingdom Come. Check out this version of Amazing Grace.
The Irish Blessing
Rev Eric Renouf was the Minister at Stratton in the 1970's. Take a look at his journey to VE Day captured on video and text for children at the school where his Grandson (Stephen Blake teaches). Click on Eric's photo.
Rev David Gray's Blog
David was minister at Stratton some years ago. Follow his 'Not a normal vicar' blog and keep up to date with his ministry.