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This Weeks News

At the Church Meeting yesterday there were quite a few dates and details for the early autumn, I thought I’d add them here so there’s no excuse getting them into our diaries!!!

 

**** Streets of Perton for Prayer This Week ****

St Mawes Road, Tutbury Avenue, Goodrich Avenue, Bodiam Court

 

A message from Phil re TRIO outcome  

The ECC, and myself in particular, want to thank all 18 people who responded positively to the stewardship presentation done in early May. So far 18 people have either increased their standing order or have switched to giving by standing order and the total monthly increase is £339 ie £4,070 pa.  You will appreciate that this is still far short of the extra £1,043 pm we said was needed to break even for budgeting purposes but that excluded Gift Day and donations, So with another good Gift Day and continuance of the increased level of donations I am hopeful and prayerful that this year we shall at least break even.  Once again many thanks to you all for responding in such a positive manner.

 

**** This Week ****

Messy Church

On Monday is our next Messy Church, from 3.30pm, for craft, games, bible story, songs and tea together.

 

Perton Manor

On Thursday at 11am is our next service at Perton Manor Residential Home. Do come and join us if you’re able.

 

ECC Meeting

A reminder to ECC members that our next meeting is on Thursday at 8pm.

 

Fairtrade Strawberry Tea

Is on Saturday, 2-4pm, £3 per person, at church - the team look forward to seeing you!

 

**** A Special Sunday…

On Sunday we welcome the URC West Midlands Moderator, Rev’d Steve Faber as he comes to lead our worship and preach. Please do come along on this special day as we celebrate our URC commitment.

 

And…  also on Sunday...

**** Encourage Festival

Celebrating God’s Call to Us All…  a mini music and arts festival at Shallowford House, Stone on 23rd July. 1pm onwards.  Featuring:  Revd Kate Bottley, Long For The Coast, Born Again Beatles plus talks, bands, poetry, visual arts, crafts great food and drink all day.  Tickets:  in advance - adult £10, under 14s free.  On the Day - adult £15, under 14s £5.  Available online at:  encouragefestival.co.uk 

 

 

**** Next Week ****

Messy Afternoon Tea

On Monday 24th July at 3pm is our new gathering for craft, chat, worship and tea - for all ages, but particularly those whose school years are behind them!

 

Midweek Holy Communion

On Thursday 27th July at 11am, please join us if you are around at this time of day.

 

 

**** General News ****

Fairtrade Shop

Volunteers are needed to run the shop in Wolverhampton, any morning or afternoon. Please speak to Ann for details.

 

Places of Welcome

Our Saturday Coffee is part of the Places of Welcome scheme, and Rev Dr David Primrose, who is the Diocesan Director of Transforming Communities has written the following:

Co-ordinator for Staffordshire and Stoke needed so that there are recognised places in every neighbourhood where people can freely connect, contribute and belong. We already have 1/3 of the funds required and a selection of imaginative rewards to support our crowdfunding. To learn more, watch the video, and support us visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/places-of-welcome and please encourage others to do so also. 

 

Prayer Walks of Perton

From mid September, not only will pray for certain streets in Perton each week, we are hoping for someone to visit the streets for each week, to pray and deliver a new postcard through the letter boxes, letting folks know we are praying for them, and inviting them to get in touch if they would like to. Please see the sign-up sheet in the vestibule to put your name against one or more weeks over the next year.

 

Community Songs of Praise

On Saturday 16th September, to close a fantastic community day with Perton Village Show in the Civic Centre, the Local History Day at the library, the dog show, cream teas in church, we are hosting a Community Songs of Praise at 4.30pm.

 

Church Away Day

Is happening! On Saturday 23rd September - full details to follow, but to include a trip to Shrewsbury with a boat trip on the river, teas, worship, space for kids to run around and adults too if they wish!

 

Pet Service

Our annual pet service will be on Saturday 30th September at 3pm… please let friends and neighbours, and their pets(!), know!

 

Shoebox Appeal

This year we will again be collecting shoeboxes to send for Christmas. We are doing this through a different charity - a small, local charity, based in Stourbridge, called “Project Gambia”, who send out shoeboxes to a linked region of Gambia. It’s great to be able to support a local, small charity for a change. The shoeboxes will be gathered on Sunday 29th October when we will welcome one of the organisers to speak to us. For information about the charity: www.projectgambia.org.uk 

 

Christmas Crib Festival

We are going to invite local groups to create their own unique crib for a weekend Christmas Crib Festival on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th December.  Watch this space for details, but if you are part of a local group, please encourage them to get involved - it’s free!

 

23rd March 2019

Have you got your 2019 (not 2018!) diary yet?!!  We have the privilege of welcoming the URC General Secretary, Rev’d John Proctor, to the Church At Perton on Saturday 23rd March 2019 for a day of bible teaching on the book of Acts. This will be a really special day, so please take note somehow even now!!!