Posted by John on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
A BUSY MONTH!
As I write the mist is clearing to reveal a bright autumn morning although wind and rain are forecast for much of the coming week. After a very good summer with excellent crops in fields, vegetable gardens and allotments, autumn is well and truly with us. The Harvest Services are all but over and we have enjoyed some great services and harvest suppers.
The fact that the harvest is safely gathered in however does not mean that we’ve said ‘thank you’ to God for this year and need not worry about that again until next year! Hopefully we will all have much to be thankful for over the coming months. Indeed, November brings us two opportunities to praise God for the lives and actions of others.
On Sunday 2nd November we have our “In Loving Memory Services” at Ettington at 4 pm and Alderminster at 6.30 pm when we can take time to thank God for friends and relatives who are no longer with us.
All Saints’ Day is officially on 1st November and it is when we recall the lives of the saints – people in whose lives the work of God has been especially evident for the benefit of the whole church. This is followed by the “Commemoration of the Faithful Departed” or All Souls Day when we can recall the lives of all who have been more closely connected to us. If you have a loved one who has died, recently or some years ago, and you would like to remember and thank God for them please do feel free to attend one of our two services.
A week later on November 9th it is Remembrance Sunday taking a special significance this year as we recall the centenary of the start of the First World War in 1914. Again, each one of our churches will be marking this significant event with services at 10.45 am on Sunday 9th November. Butlers Marston will have their service at the Village War memorial at 3 pm that same day.
Many people from each one of our communities have given their lives in the service of this country and it is not only fitting that they are remembered but vital that our children are also made aware of this part of our history as today our service men and women continue to serve this country in some very difficult situations around the world.
As the month draws to a close we mark the feast of Christ the King on Sunday 23rd November when we proclaim that Jesus is indeed Lord and start to look forward to the season of Advent and remember that Christ will come again. Advent Sunday this year is on 30th November and it is the start of our preparation not just for Christmas but for Christ’s second coming. It is a special time with some wonderful hymns and challenging Bible readings designed to help us focus not on shopping, food and cards but on the real meaning of Christmas and the coming of the Messiah, not this time as a helpless baby but as the risen Lord and judge of all!
November, a busy month with much that is of great significance for all of us – Come, Lord Jesus!
Posted by John on Oct 12, 2014 in Weekly Grapevine
We have received the following letter from Mrs Welsby. Please read it and see if you would like to respond. Thank you!
Dear members of the community,
Would you like to be more involved with Newbold and Tredington C of E Primary School?
Get VIP invites to school shows and coffee mornings?
Why not become a village friend?
We would like to develop and strengthen, even further the links with the community. We would like to set up a “village friends” for the children. The children would write letters to you, a couple of times a year, invite you to the school concerts, coffee mornings and social events. In return you can reply to letters from your “nominated” child and attend school events. If you would like to be a “village friend” please contact the school office on 01608 661568 by Friday 17th October and leave your name and address!
Many thanks and waiting in anticipation for your response.
Acting Head Teacher
Posted by John on Oct 12, 2014 in Weekly Grapevine
The Entrust Care Partnership have written to us about their new ‘Out and about’ service.
Please help them if you can.
We are launching a brand new service thanks to the generosity of Children in Need. Our three year funding has enabled us to employ our first ever part time member of staff, we are absolutely delighted to announce that SELINA TURNER has joined us at Entrust Care Partnership as our Out and About Co-ordinator.
The Out and About Service will provide volunteer befrienders who will work with families across Warwickshire and Solihull to offer the opportunity for disabled children and young people to enjoy activities of their choice out and about in the community or at home with the support of a volunteer.
Selina will be responsible for the recruitment, training and management of the volunteers carefully ‘matching’ them with a child, young person and the family. She will initially visit families at home to discuss individual needs and support a good link. Following a Befriender link a period of ‘getting to know you’ activities will be undertaken, this would enable a good understanding of the child or young person’s special requirements in communication, mobility, health and interests.
The family, child or young person, ‘Out and About’ Coordinator and the Befriender would work together to identify the preferred activity such as attending one of the uniformed organisations, joining an after school or youth club, sports sessions or more simply accessing free local facilities.
The service will be time limited so more youngsters can be supported, this would be dependent on need and availability of the befrienders. Ideally it is hoped that following our supported intervention that the service provider would feel confident to continue for the longer term. Parents will be expected to fund the selected activities for their son or daughter, Entrust Care Partnership will meet the volunteer costs up to an agreed amount. There will be a reasonable charge per hour for the service which Selina will discuss with you during the first contact.
If you would like to volunteer or would like to register for this service please ring Selina on 07525 785594 (Please note that she works Thursday and Fridays)