Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Time is Now

How many St John's congregation members can you spot in the picture? The article is here. The photo was taken just after a long and positive discussion with local MP Matt Rhodda about action on climate change as part of the mass lobby last Wednesday.

In other updates - the Elements youth group appreciated an excellent and thought-provoking and inspiring talk from Sarah Thake on corporate social responsibility and what you can get business to do for the environment and social justice working from the inside.

And here is the evidence of what we did with the proceeds of our last church lunch!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Environment Sunday update

Last Sunday was Environment Sunday and the theme of our Worship Together was 'feast'. Afterwards we had a vegan lunch (chickpea, apricot and cashew nut tagine from a Schumacher College recipe book) and the donations people gave will all be going to The World Land Trust as part of Green Christian's campaign to find 100 churches to spend £100 each on protecting rainforest (we're hoping it'll be a bit more than £100).
Since my last blog quite a few of the church enjoyed the Christian Aid walk the country sponsored event, as usual. Plus our new youth group, Elements, had a speaker who had attended Friends of the Earth's Community Campaigning course and he shared his school's campaign to reduce plastics. Also, Bridget has wonderfully volunteered to ensure a compost bin in the kitchen is emptied in the middle of each week, so now we can make sure all the coffee grounds etc aren't going in the bin.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Christian Aid Week

We started our preparations for Christian Aid Week early this year. Sunday 5th May was our Christian Aid service led by the children with Richard and Abi, picking up on what they'd been doing in Children's Praise the week before and sharing the story of the Good Samaritan. This was followed by a delicious vegetarian lunch and profits from the donations for this will, of course, be added to our contribution to Christian Aid this year.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

More Lenten challenges

The church meal on the first Sunday of April, because it falls during Lent is always a bread and soup lunch (always billed as 'simple' but with sumptuous soups and lovely homemade bread). On this occasion we filled the time between the service and the meal with a lighthearted quiz about what we've done as an EcoChurch, and why, and answers were given before the grace so everyone knew the facts by the end of it - the winners were Jeremy and Don. We also challenged people to suggest some next steps, including action on the tiny open space between the school and the church which most of us had always assumed was the school's land - lots of suggestions were forthcoming, including some ambitious designs from some of the children, pictured: