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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:–
Loving God, we thank you that you come to us in our fallen and broken state; that you bring your mercy, peace and love into our lives in and through our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. 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.
HAMLIN FISTULA HOSPITAL IN ETHIOPIA:
Knitters – please help yourselves to the large quantity of wool that has very kindly been donated recently. It is in a white carrier bag at the back of Holy Trinity. Many thanks for our continued support.
SHOE BOXES: 85 shoeboxes have been delivered to the warehouse in Sandwell. Thank you for your generosity in supporting Operation Christmas Child.
HEART ‘N SOUL – 6-8pm each Wednesday South Birmingham Radio (https://southbirminghamradio.uk/) Christian comment, music and stories – presented by Rev Simon Gudger, Debra Mayo (Collins) and Roger Jones. Fast Forward has been invited to be on the South Birmingham online radio hosted by Roger Jones on the 21st November 6-8pm to talk about what it’s like being a Christian young person in Birmingham in 2018. The first hour will be a pre-recorded interview with Emma then at 7pm Fast Forward will be live in the studio chatting with Roger. Please listen in and you can even text into the show and join in with the conversation. Listen live on www.southbirminghamradio.com
HEATHER WITH CMS IN TANZANIA – So what exactly does Heather do?
She runs Rehema, which is a cafe, workroom and shop, giving employment to women. She is now chair of a nursery school project in a nearby village of Nyambeshe. It operates in a small room at present, and Heather appointed a trained nursery school teacher for it. She visited the site recently, expecting to see just foundations, and was delighted to find the walls of the two clasrooms and office space almost at ceiling height. This was largely due to the generosity of young Go Mad people from N.Ireland, who left money for the building work to continue. She is also a church elder to two village churches, where it is important to nurture relationships and friendships.
Her vision is for a microloan project to help women start a business; and for extending the nursery to include a school also. Please keep Heather in your prayers, that she manages her work/life balance, and keeps well.
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:
MOSAIC GROUP: What happens at a Mosaic Group?
Using art, poetry, creative writing, literature and music we explore how the arts can deepen Christian spirituality and strengthen faith. Sessions follow a cycle of three evenings, meeting fortnightly: During session 1 we carefully observe and reflect upon a painting or artwork. At session 2 we bring along poetry, a piece of creative writing or extracts of literature in response to the artwork. In session 3 we bring along music, hymns or choruses that help us connect to the painting (and poetry).
Who is the Group aimed at? Anyone and everyone who wishes to grow in their appreciation of the arts and the significant part they play in Christianity. No prior knowledge or expertise in the arts is required by participants. More important is a willingness to explore how the arts speak to us, deepen faith and spirituality, and enrich our lives. Interested? Following the taster evening, the first three sessions are scheduled to take place on Monday 29th October, 12th and 26th November, 7.30/9.00pm at The Wheel. If you would like further information please contact Maureen Dew (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maggie Forknell (email@example.com
LEAF SWEEP at HTL on Saturday, 24th November at 10 am until 12 noon. All help, for however long, would be much appreciated. Refreshments will be provided. We would like the church to look tidy for the Christmas Fair.
Christmas Fair at Holy Trinity Church – Saturday 1st December 11.00-2.00 – Come along and support your local groups, light refreshments available
Blackwell Concert Band
On Sat Dec 1 at 7.30pm, the annual festive concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support will be taking place at St Andrews Church Barnt Green on 1st December. Tickets including refreshments will be available on the door or by contacting 07891527089. £5 adults. £1 children.
The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) will give their next concert on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR. The attractive programme features – Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, soloist Ruta Labutyte; and Sibelius Symphony no. 2 in D major. Admission is free – donations to the retiring collection much appreciated. Please come along to support us, and bring your friends.
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.