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Monthly Prayer Focus: 

Loving God, we bring to you in our prayers all the businesses in our Parish:  we pray for local shops: Blackwell Village Stores, Chi Chi’s and the Filling Station; for businesses who provide services; for builders, plumbers, electricians, roofers, decorators and gardeners; for those who offer creative and artistic services; for all  businesses run from homes; for places of leisure and entertainment; for care givers and care homes, Burcot Grange and Redwood Court.  May they know blessing and prosperity in uncertain times and may we show our support and thanks for what they offer to the life of our community.  Amen

Weekly Prayer Focus: 

God of peace, whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom and restored the broken to wholeness of life: look with compassion on the anguish of the world, and by your healing power make whole both people and nations; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Vicar: Revd Sheri Gidney. The Vicarage, 30 Lickey Square, B45 8HB   0121 445 1185 sherigidney@gmail.com  

Sheri’s Rest Day is usually a Tuesday

Church Office: Trinity Centre, Lickey, B45 8ES. Open 9-2, Mon & Thurs. Tel: 0121 445 1425    lickeyoffice@bt internet.com  www.holytrinitystcaths.org.uk 

Holy Habits Meals.   If you have been enjoying the Holy Habits meals and would like to contribute financially towards the cost of them please do so via the collection plate / cheque to the PCC.

Following our long interregnum we have quite a few outstanding procedural items to complete. 

Do you currently help to administer communion? 

We are required to approve our list of communion assistants every three years. In order for you to continue in this role (please do!) please hand Sheri a note or send her an email to confirm your willingness to  continue to serve in this way before the end of October. We will hold a training session for the team in November.

Holy Habits  – Situations Vacant: We are currently recruiting for the following roles at all of our four weekly services. Please do consider if you could serve in any of the following ways; please note that Sheri will always offer training and that the roles below do have a variety of requirements to comply with Church of England policy. Please speak to Sheri for more details.

Communion Assistant

Must be a regular communicant in the Church of England and then approved by the PCC for this role. 

Home Communion Assistants

We would love to be able to offer regular communion at home to those in our parish who are no longer able to get to church.

Must be a regular communicant in the Church of England, must be a Communion Assistant, must be approved by the PCC, must complete the relevant safeguarding training and checks.

Sidesman

Must be appointed at the APCM or if need by the PCC. Must be on the electoral roll. Must be a regular communicant. 

Pastoral Care Team

Our OPPCS team hold a license from the Bishop. They serve in a wide variety of ways taking the church to the community through pastoral visits, supporting baptisms, weddings and the wide variety of groups that we offer. Must complete all authorised training including safeguarding.

Lay Reader

Lay Readers hold a license from the Bishop. They serve in a wide variety of ways based on their interests and experience ; schools ministry, funeral ministry; residential homes, regular services and so on. We would love to add to our team. Must be baptised and confirmed, complete all authorised training including safeguarding. 

AUDIO VOLUNTEERS:  Volunteers are urgently needed to join the Holy Trinity sound team on a rota basis, full training will be given. Please speak to Keith or Sheri if you can serve in this way..

Volunteers – Safeguarding Training

A very big thank you to all of you who work with our children, young people and vulnerable adults: this is such an important part of our church life. In order to meet the Diocesan mandatory requirements for safeguarding may I kindly remind you that all volunteers who work with the above groups must ensure their safeguarding training is kept up-to-date. If you have not attended a safeguarding course or completed an on-line course in the last 3 years you will need to do so as soon as possible.  The courses required are C0 and C1 which can be done either on-line at the cofebirmingham.com website, or book a face to face session held in churches around Birmingham: these are also booked through the website.  Training is valid for 3 years.  Kindly note that 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, Parish Safeguarding CoordinatorTel: 0121 445 1420 email: keith.parsons8@btopenworld.com

ST. CATHERINE’S PATRONAL FESTIVAL: We are approaching the time when we at St Catherine’s celebrate our patronal festival by hosting a lunch in Church, where we hope to see many people from Lickey and Blackwell congregations. This year it will be on 24th November, the day before St Catherine’s Day. We need assistance please, for such tasks as fetching tables, crockery and cutlery from Lickey on Friday 22nd; setting out and laying tables after the 9 o’clock service; and cooking a main dish for about 15 people. If there are (teenaged) people willing to clear away and wash up after the meal, for a fee, their help would be particularly welcome. It would be helpful if willing volunteers could contact rosemaryparker@btinternet.com or 0121 445 1901. Please don’t wait to be asked in person! Nearer the time, there will be sign up lists in both churches for people who want to come for lunch.

‘POPPIES BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 

Our new group is a joint venture between our Parish and the Parish of Cofton Hackett and Barnt Green. A monthly group offering friendly mutual support over a cup of tea. You don’t need to be a church member to be part of the group but we will end our time together with a short service with space to remember our loved ones together. We will meet from 10:30am – 12noon on the third Monday of each month at Holy Trinity. Invitations are available. Do be considering who you might like to invite. Please speak to Sheri, Christine Allen or Maggie Forknell for more information. 

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO BAPTISM:  For a number of reasons including to serve our families better and to comply with C of E policy our Baptism Team proposed and PCC approved that our Baptisms will be returning to within our main services. From January 2020 Baptisms will be offered to one family on the second Sunday in the month as part of the 9am service at St Catherine’s and on the third Sunday in the month as part of the 10:30am service at Holy Trinity. Please chat with Sheri if you would like to know more

Baptism / Wedding Enquiries. We are also changing the way that we handle initial enquiries for Baptisms and Weddings for both Holy Trinity and St Catherine’s. From now on we will be moving to a monthly drop in held at The Wheel. Please direct any future enquiries to the drop in where the couples can meet Sheri and Sandra to begin the conversation.

Saturday 7th December 4pm – 5pm,

Saturday 18th January 4pm – 5pm,

Saturday 8th February 4pm – 5pm.

SAMARITAN’S PURSE OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

If you would like to support this scheme, bringing joy and God’s love to children in need around the world, please take a shoebox leaflet home with you. Should you need one, please also help yourself to a shoebox which can be found at the back of church.  Sue Davies 0796 1382 985

EVENSONG AT ST. MICHAEL’S:  Evensong at St Michael’s is remaining at 6pm during the Winter months (not 4pm as in previous years)

Cofton Hackett Residents 

Cofton Coffee began on Sunday 6th October in the new Cofton Village Hall 3pm – 4pm every fortnight. Please do go along and support this venture – everyone is very welcome. This community event is run by St Andrew’s and St Michael’s and is part of outreach to the local community. If you are a Cofton resident, why not go along and take a neighbour. Speak to Sheri to find out more.

World Day of Prayer:   This annual service, formerly known as Women’s World Day of Prayer, will take place next year at St Catherine’s church on March 6th. The big change will be the start time of 5pm. We are trying this to make it more accessible to both younger people who work, and to children.  And we would like to end with a simple meal. Please pray about this, and let me know your thoughts. Christine Allen   cmallen123@talktalk.net

HAMLIN FISTULA: We are very happy to report a recent trip to the Hamlin Fistula UK head office in Halesowen, when we took 10 shawls/blankets, 43 assorted baby cardigans, and 147 knitted squares!  All donated in the last 2 months! In that office there were 27 huge boxes all packed tight with knitted goods from all over the country ready to be collected by DHL for air freighting to Addis Ababa Ethiopia.  Knitting Instruction sheets are at the back of our churches. We are asked that if possible we send completed blankets rather than loose squares.  Please continue knitting!  Your support is greatly appreciated. The need is unending!   Peter & Olga Jackson

Christian Bookstall

On Sunday 17th November immediately following the 10:30am service at Holy Trinity Birmingham City Mission will be bringing a bookstall packed full of Bibles for all ages and books to support our Holy Habits sermon series, as well as Christmas Cards. Use the opportunity to resource yourself and pick up a few Christmas gifts. Cash or cheques only.

Sparkhill Foodbank : Donations requested: Selection boxes, boxes of biscuits, Christmas puddings, mince pies, fruit juice, tinned meat/fish, tinned rice/sponge pudding, tinned fruit and toiletries. Thank you for the last donation of 142kgs 0f food.

Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child

If you would like to support this scheme, bringing joy and God’s love to children in need around the world, please collect a shoebox leaflet from church. Should you need one, please help yourself to a shoebox which can be found at the back of church. Sue Davies 0796 1382 985

OTHER DIARY DATES 

Kindly note the correct email address for the Parish Office at Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett      office@chandbgparish.org.uk

OPEN THE BOOK – BLACKWELL FIRST SCHOOL

8.45am – Wednesday 13th November – A special promise – the story of Noah

8.45am –  Wednesday 11th December – The First Christmas

Please pray for this new venture.    For more details please contact Maggie – 07973313034

MEETING REMINDER for Creche / JAM / Sunday Club Team at St Catherine’s and Holy Trinity. 

A reminder that our teams of Sunday children’s leaders from both churches are meeting together at the Vicarage – 30 Lickey Square, on Friday 15th November 7pm – 9pm as an opportunity to hear from each other and get to know each other better – there isn’t often time to do that on a Sunday morning. In addition we’ll offer a little training – this time around ‘Getting the most out of the Material’. Dinner is provided – please let Sheri know if you have any dietary requirements.

WOMEN’S CURRY NIGHT WITH GUEST SPEAKER DECEMBER 5TH

Celebrating Women invite you to a Christmas Curry Night at Dine India, Catshill, Thursday 5th December 7pm. After the meal Rachel Hill from Friends International (a mission partner from St Andrew’s Barnt Green and St Michael’s Cofton Hackett) will be speaking about ‘Having a Global Influence without leaving Birmingham’. To book your place please select your meal from the menu at the back of church, make a note and deliver it along with cash payment to Sheri by Monday 25th November.    Dress Code: Christmas Jumpers / Colours encouraged!

Christmas Fair at Holy Trinity Church Saturday 7th December 11.00am-2.00pm.  Come and buy your Christmas presents, crafts, gifts and much more.  Light lunches, cakes and drinks available.  Admission Free.

Asklepios Orchestra: The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) will give their Winter concert on Sunday 8th December 2019 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR.  The programme will be:-

Mozart – Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major K364; with 

Soloists: Frank Handy (violin) and Lydia Handy (viola), and   

Shostakovich – Symphony No.12 (in D minor, Op.112) ‘The year 1917’

Admission is free – and donations to the retiring collection are much appreciated.  Please come along and support us.  

Vision Day for Everyone – SAVE THE DATE  – 2020

Saturday 29th February 2020 will be an important day for our parish as we reflect on our sermon series and develop a vision together for our parish.  10am – 2pm at The Trinity Centre, this day is FOR EVERYONE. We plan to offer groups so that our children can have their voices heard too. Nearer the time we will be asking you to sign up so that we can adequately prepare. Please save the date.