2 Follow! Inspire! evenings: Craven Arms 14 November and Hereford Cathedral 24 November

News of two diocesan Follow! evenings to inspire and equip parishioners, PCCs, parish officers and lay and ordained ministers across the diocese – in other words, OPEN TO ALL! These will be open evenings of displays, resources, short pop-up workshops running between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.  In the middle of each evening our Bishops will also share briefly what has been happening since the Follow! events last autumn and introducing the wide range of support and resources to help all parishes “Proclaim Christ and grow disciples” today.  See the poster on the diocesan website:  http://www.hereford.anglican.org/noticeboard.aspx  More details of stands, workshops etc. coming soon.  Contacts for more info: Jane Pearce (Parish Development) and Joanne Gibbon (Community Funding and Partnership) on 01584 871086/9    grow@hereford.anglican.org

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

Mike Bradbury, the Chairman of the Burwarton Show announced that the award recognises the tremendous contribution made by ‘All Stewards of the Burwarton and District Agricultural Society’ for ‘providing a social, economic environmental service to the local community’.

The award was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and is the MBE for volunteer groups.

The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire will present the award to the society on the stewards evening prior to this year’s show.

Congratulations from all Brown Clee Churches on winning this prestigious award.

EU Referendum – local opportunities to be informed

I have information about 2 very different opportunities locally which may interest you by way of becoming more informed ahead of the EU Referendum.

  1. Weds 1st June 7pm (not 1pm as stated in the Bridgnorth Journal!) at St Mary’s Church, Bridgnorth – An ‘Any Questions’ style debate with 2 panel members representing each view. More information Referendum DEBATE flyer.
  1. Thursday 9th June 3pm and 7pm – at Craven Arms Community Centre – A Christian perspective on the EU Referendum, led by Dr Peter Carruthers of Issachar Ministries. More information CravenArmsBritainEuropeA4.

Posted by Mike Teague

Christian Aid Week (15th – 21st May)

“Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.”  They provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.  If publicity & events surrounding this Christian Aid Week have inspired you to help, have a look at their website to see what’s involved.

Gray’s Elegy: Poetry Competition 2016

A reason to visit your local churchyard for inspiration.

Caring for God’s Acre, the charity that promotes the conservation of burial sites is supporting the Thomas Gray 2016 project in celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of poet Thomas Gray, who wrote the world-famous “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”. This year’s competition takes its theme from the poem:

“Full many a flower is born to blush unseen”.

This poetry competition has an Open Class and a School Class which has free entry for any student in full time education. Entries can be submitted online by the closing date of 24th June 2016. For the full details of the competition go to:   www.thomasgray2016.org/poetry-competition/

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