Interregnum Prayer: –
Loving God we pray that, with the help of your Holy Spirit, we may remain faithful in seeking your will for our future in this parish. Help us to be united in prayer and purpose; faithful and loving in service to you and to one another, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
Weekly Prayer Focus:–
Father of all, send us the Holy Spirit so that we may prepare the way of the Lord Jesus Christ, in our lives and in our world. Teach us to lift our eyes and look with longing hope for that day when he will return to draw all people to himself. Amen
Thursday Evening Prayer: 7- 8pm at 41 Ashmead Rise, Cofton Hackett – everyone is welcome to join us for prayer. Please use the prayer tree at the back of church for anything you wish mentioned at the Evening Prayer.
Volunteers’ – Safeguarding Training
Many thanks to you all who work with our children and young people. In order to meet the Diocesan requirements for safeguarding, will volunteers who work with children and young people please ensure their safeguarding training is kept up to date. The courses required are C0 and C1 which can either be done on-line at the cofebirmingham.com website, or book a face to face session held in churches around Birmingham, which are also booked through the website. Courses are valid for 3 years. Kindly note the Church of England does not recognise DBS or Safeguarding Training by any other institution or organisation. If you require any help or further information please do not hesitate to contact me. Best regards Marlene Parsons, PSC Tel: 0121 445 1420 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS A MICROLOAN?
Heather is employed by the Church Mission Society,( our own C of E charity) to administer the Rehema project in Mara, Tanzania. This consists of a workshop where sewing and crafts are made, with a retail shop where the goods are sold. Also there is a cafe where delicious meals are prepared and sold. But as well as this work, Heather finds herself involved in giving small micro loans to a few women, such as Tina who excelled at sewing and who wished to buy a second hand sewing machine, so that she could run a small business from home, thereby giving her an income to help with the school fees for her children. Heather asks for our prayers for the recipients, that they are able to repay the loans, and so enable more women to benefit from a loan. Christine
HAMLIN FISTULA HOSPITAL IN ETHIOPIA:
We took another consignment of knitted blankets, cardigans and squares to the Hamlin Fistula headquarters last week and can report that the total for this year so far is: Blankets 30, Cardigans 112, and 6” Squares 978! A truly remarkable tribute to all our faithful knitters. No need to say your work is much appreciated and the need continues……… Thanks to all – Peter& Olga
BIRMINGHAM CHRISTMAS SHELTER 2018
An opportunity to help the homeless over a four day period this Christmas by putting donations in the SHELTER boxes in church by DECEMBER 17TH.
ONLY the following items please: NEW men’s underwear and new socks, warm hats, scarves and gloves. IN date boxes/tins of wrapped sweets, chocolates, biscuits and individual packets of crisps. Small torches with batteries. Toiletries – shaving foam, spray deodorant, shampoo, shower gel and body lotion. It is expensive to rent, heat and secure the premises so cash is always welcome or cheques made payable to Lickey PCC. Thank you – Alicia 0121 445 6053
FOODBANK CHRISTMAS 2018
Thank you for generously responding to the Summer Holiday and Harvest appeals. As Christmas approaches the foodbank has requested the following: Selection boxes, festively packaged chocolates and biscuits. Jars of apple and cranberry sauce. Packets of stuffing. Christmas puddings. All donations must be in date and in order for them to be distributed in time for Christmas need to be put in the FOODBANK BOX by SUNDAY DECEMBER 9TH. Staple food items (tea, coffee, sugar, UHT milk, fruit juice, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding, and tinned custard) and toiletries are always welcomed. Thanks – Alicia 0121 445 6053
OTHER DIARY DATES:
There will be an Advent Taize service of Holy Communion at 7pm on Wednesday 12th December at Holy Trinity Church.
Christmas Tree Decorating at Holy Trinity Please come along whether you are decorating or just an encourager on Friday 14th December at 6pm and spend a couple of hours as we transform the Trees into part of our decorations. We will be listening to festive songs and sharing seasonal food and drink!! Hope to see you there Sue Edgell.
Invitation to St Andrew’s Weekend Away
As most of you will know both of our churches have a longstanding relationship with our neighbouring parish of St Michael, Cofton Hackett and St Andrew, Barnt Green. We have received a warm invitation from the congregation of St Michael and St Andrew to join them in their weekend away, which is planned for April 5-7, 2019 at Hothorpe Hall in Lutterworth. The PCC are wholehearted in support of the congregations of the two parishes taking this opportunity to spend time together and we would encourage as many as possible to sign up to join the event.
Jenny Cavendish at St Andrew’s is organising the bookings and there is a simple form to complete in Dropbox at:
There will also be information available at both churches. Please speak to the Wardens if you would like to know more.