This Weeks News

Streets for Prayer

Gainsborough Drive, Piper Close, Reynolds Grove, Hepworth Close

 

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Teddy Bear Church

On Monday at 9.30am, for pre-school children and their carers, a fun-filled hour of stories, games, craft, bible stories and refreshments.

Midday Prayer

Please join us at 12noon on Monday to pray.

Messy Tea

On Monday at 2pm, for all whose school days are behind them, come along for tea, chatter, craft and a short act of worship.

Morning Prayer

We gather to pray on Wednesday at 9am.

Perton Manor

On Thursday at 11am is the monthly service at Perton Manor Residential Home. Please join the team there if you’re able to.

The Gathering

Please join us on Sunday at 4pm for this quiet, reflective hour.

 

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Midday Prayer

Please join us at 12noon on Monday 19th November to pray.

GraveTalk

On Monday 19th November at 7.30pm will be GraveTalk, a cafe space to talk about death, dying and funerals. This will be another opportunity to invite friends and family members to an informal evening with lovely refreshments, where there will be the chance to chat together. All are welcome, for people of all faiths and doubts.

Morning Prayer

We gather to pray on Wednesday 21st November at 9am.

Dementia Friendly Celebration

South Staffordshire has been awarded Dementia Friendly Status - this means actions have been put into lace within the district to support people living with dementia and those who care for them. One of the areas of action has been through ecumenical faith communities led by Trinity Methodist Church, Codsall, which is now cited as ‘best practice’ in the county of Staffordshire. The Council would like to replicate this model.  All are invited to a Celebration Event on Wednesday 21st November at Church at 7.45pm, to hear how the Codsall ecumenical faith communities have contributed to the “Dementia Friendly Communities” award and to hear the plans for the future and how you can be part of it.

Midweek Holy Communion

On Thursday 22nd November at 11am we gather to share Holy Communion, please do join us if you’re able.

4th @ 4pm

Come and join us at 4pm on Sunday 25th November as we gather to worship, read and discuss the Bible and pray together.

 

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Posada

Posada is a Spanish word meaning ‘inn’. The Posada originates in Latin America where young people, dressed as Mary and Joseph, travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus.

Modern day Posada use nativity figures which travel from place to place being offered hospitality by different people in the run-up to Christmas. We’ve been given a beautiful hand-knitted nativity and are asking different groups and individuals to welcome the figures as they journey.

They will set out from church on Sunday 25th November and journey through Advent to the Crib Service, 4pm, Christmas Eve. The figures will journey with information about the Posada, the Christmas Story, suggested prayers, and space to write comments about their journey. 

We are hoping that lots of people will ‘host’ the characters during this month. If you’d like to get involved, please sign up on the list in the church foyer, and tick one or both of the boxes as there are two ways of getting involved:

1. The person before you on the Journey will arrange bringing the figures to you; and you arrange handing them on to the next person on the Journey. The hope is that when you hand over the figures you offer hospitality - perhaps a cup of tea, or even a glass of wine!

2. We need some people to take the figures to a community event e.g. a meeting of one of the uniformed organisations, as a way of including them in the journey. We will arrange the date and time for this and you’d just go along and meet the group, show them the figures and chat.

Please, please sign up to get involved!!

 

Church Christmas Meal

On Saturday 8th December we will gather for our Church Family Christmas Meal, in Church at 6pm. Please watch this space and the notices at church for details to sign up and make menu choices.

 

Christmas with a Difference!

Can you make some room for an international student to learn what true British Festive hospitality can mean? Should you like to add that international element to your Christmas, learning another country’s traditions and enjoying the connection and friendship that such sharing brings? HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief home stays with UK hosts, one day, a weekend or, over the festive period, a three-day visit. We need more hosts so that a smile such as Marine’s can spread across many more faces… and across our fragile world. If you should like to know more, please go to our website: www.hostuk.org or leave a message on http://visits.hostuk.org/Public/ApplyToBecomeAHost 

 

Giving This Christmas

At Christmas there are many requests for our time and money, we just wanted to highlight two possible ways in which you may choose to give this Christmas, one local and one international:

1. Leslie Care Packages: Bromford’s Housing Association are supporting this local charity which works with families who are really struggling and may not be able to afford any presents for their children: www.lesliecarepackages.org  Bromfords are collecting donations of new toys to pass on to children through this local charity. We will collect at church and then pass on to Bromfords.

2. PCF Romania Projects: selling vouchers for a Christmas and New Year meal for a street child. Cost £5 each. If you would like to be a donor, Marjorie Harding has the vouchers.

 

THE GATHERING FOR MEN
WHEN: 21ST – 23RD June 2019                                      WHERE: In a field near Swindon

WHAT: The Gathering is a men's weekend festival like no other! It's fun, it's life changing, it's THE standout event for guys featuring:

● Live comedy ● cool cars ● sport ● beer festival ● live music ● huge inflatables ● bar games ●football cage ● axe throwing ● relevant Bible teaching ● great worship ● great speakers ● life stories ●powerful gospel ministry ● 8 lane Scalextric ● bonfires and loads more...

WHY: It's the perfect event for men's groups or individuals and tailor-made for you to be able to invite your unchurched mates to. Every year we see many guys come to faith for the first time.

HOW: Like any festival, it will involve camping. The cost of the event is £97. In addition to this will be food and fuel although we can all muck in

For more info: www.thegatheringformen.com. Please let Mark Hopkins know by 1st December if you will be coming. inkblot73@yahoo.com 07905 305216


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