Blue Plaque Nativity
We had a great time
in our Advent preparations with the Revd Doug Chaplin looking at the
circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus.
He even produced a “Blue Plaque” for us.
Those of you who did not come missed a treat.
Sadly the weather went against us for the session planned with David
Bryer to look at the circumstances that now surround the birthplace of Jesus.
We decided to shelve the session but not to lose all the work David had
done in preparation, so we plan to hold it later in the year.
Do bear in mind that
people put a lot of effort into preparing such sessions so it is a shame if not
many people attend them.
Please remember ~
The Food Bank
At this very busy time of stocking up on the festive foods,
and shopping for gifts and decorations ,please remember those living in our town
who are relying on the food bank for basic necessities. Seasonal fare and little
gifts will be especially gratefully received.. Please bring what you are able to
give to Little
Malvern Priory. This gift of
food etc. will be taken to the Foodbank and distributed as additional goodies
for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Thank you for
your previous generosity
copy is in the porch on top of the frontal box.
need: 1) volunteers
to guide people across the road;
help throughout 2018 with the hot drinks after the morning service on a 2nd
OUR ORGAN RESTORATION
It will soon to be the time to be thinking about Christmas. Many of you have previously bought my Christmas cards and the proceeds have been put towards the Church funds This year the proceeds will be for the Organ Restoration Fund Cards will be £2.00 each and from that £1.50 will go to the fund. The display and order sheet will be available from October 22nd with delivery from November 19th . Thank you , Jaqui Anstiss
"TO ALL OUR GARDENING FRIENDS"
IF YOU THINK SQUASH IS A COMPETITIVE ACTIVITY, TRY
Talking Heads 1987
No, we’re not really competitive,
we’re rather a friendly bunch, although the odd case of ‘borrowing’
someone else’s flower has not gone unnoticed!
2017 has been a quiet year for us with no weddings to exercise our
talents. Easter, Harvest and now
Christmas have been our major focal points. The Open Day theme taken from
Ecclesiastes 3 – ‘To everything there is a season’ – produced a variety
of imaginative ideas, sober thoughts but also much fun and laughter. We also
managed a couple of visits to gardens. The first was an impromptu visit to
Kiftsgate near Chipping Campden where we stood in admiration looking at some
amazing peonies and marvelling at the fact that the weather did not produce its
forecasted drenching. The second visit was to Sir Roy Strong’s Laskett Gardens
where we were greeted by the man himself. Thanks are accorded to the PCC for
their supporting of this visit as appreciation for the work of the flower
arrangers. If you have not been to the gardens I would urge you to do so to
marvel not only at the planting but at the sheer theatricality of it all. So
yes, 2017 has been interesting and we look forward to 2018. Now that you have
some idea of what we do, perhaps you would like to join us. We are always
looking for newcomers to the rota. You do not have to be particularly artistic
or talented. Knowing how to hold a pair of secateurs will do!
Please contact me if you are
interested – in person, by phone or by email. Finally, thank you to the
congregation for giving so generously for festivals and for being appreciative
of our efforts.
are many volunteering opportunities in a wide range of roles
Painting and Decorating
Gardening and Grounds Library
come and join us, we are very flexible.
on a regular or occasional basis
01684 588979 email: email@example.com
These are not the easiest of times for domestic budgets and
it is very heartening that members of the congregation have managed cheerfully
to maintain their regular giving. Your generosity makes a vital contribution to
the running of the church and the continuance of its historic mission, particularly as we are constantly facing increases in our
costs. Don’t forget that if you are a UK taxpayer and make a Gift Aid
Declaration the church can recover income tax on your donation.
If you would like to make a Declaration, have a word with
Ken Anstiss (tele: 01684 592215).
DISTRICT STROKE CLUB
small friendly Club has been running for many years at Somers Park Avenue
Methodist Church Hall and there are spaces to welcome more! If you, a friend, a
family member or neighbour have suffered a stroke and have lost the courage to
go out and meet people, then do give Moyra, or me, a call. The Club meets
fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.30-4.30pm and we have a programme of
lots of different things to do for the first hour, followed by tea, cakes,
conversation and the opportunity to meet people who may have similar experiences
more information, please ring:
Shand or Anna Byers 01905 830741 - 01684 541089
you like to have a valuation of you precious items,
sale or insurance purposes, without fear of fraud.?
trusted member of our congregation will do this
you for a small charge.
more information please ring; 562922
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper
and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. I've gone for
30 years now,' he wrote, 'and in that time I have heard something like 3,000
sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them so, I
think I'm wasting my time and the priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons
This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the
Editor's column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until
someone wrote this clincher:
I've been married for 58 years now. In that time my wife has
cooked some 64,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire
menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished
me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me
these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to
church for nourishment, I would be
spiritually dead today!
When you are DOWN to nothing....God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
Skidding on our car park?
In an attempt to help
with this problem we have had several tonnes of the gravel moved from the bottom
part where it was deepest and spread over the top part and the whole area has
been flattened.. The following advice may help be helpful
Weight on driving
wheels helps prevent skidding. On a hill, more of the weight of the car is
transferred to the downhill wheels so you are less likely to skid if your
driving wheels are downhill.
Nearly all modern
cars are driven by their front wheels so if you want to reduce the chance of
skidding (and churning up the gravel ), consider parking facing DOWNHILL! (For the technically minded, this is a different issue from the advantage
of front wheel drive on slippery or snowy roads: this is to improve steering
Following a recent tumble in the churchyard it was realised
that it was not widely known that we do have a First Aid box. This is to be found in the boiler room on the left-hand
side on the shelf. Please feel free to use this in any minor injury occurring at
the church. If you would kindly let the churchwardens know what you have used it
will help us to keep it well stocked and ready for use.
MALVERN FOOD BANK
you all very much for your continued support of the Food Bank.
a much larger store room is now needed and the demand
is greater so we must continue in our generous giving, as you so readily
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALVERN
– Mrs Chris Bray -
Secretary Mrs Jenny Bull
20 Crown Lea Avenue
10 Christ Church Road
Farming Community Network
Farming itself is not in crisis, but many people in the
farming community are experiencing serious problems related to their business or
their personal lives. These problems include animal diseases, such as Bovine TB,
veterinary regulations and agricultural bureaucracy, the effects of the weather,
rising costs and debt, isolation and loneliness. Some are having to face up to
making radical changes to their businesses or even leaving agriculture
altogether. In many cases not only is a job at stake, but also a home, a way of
life and a family tradition. There can be intense feelings of bewilderment,
anger, frustration and despair, and often overwhelming fatigue.
Farm Crisis Network (FCN) is a UK network of volunteer
groups drawn from the farming community and rural churches, ready to ‘walk
with’ farming people and their families as they strive to resolve such
problems. For some all that is needed is an opportunity to talk with somebody
sympathetic and not directly involved. Others may need someone to support them
for many weeks or months. FCN volunteers are prepared to relate to all aspects
of the situation and have links with sources of professional help where needed.
FCN has its own Business Support Group and it works closely with the Royal
Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Arthur Rank Centre Addington Fund and
where necessary with the Samaritans.
FCN provides a national Helpline which is manned from 7am to
11pm every day of the year, with an answerphone between these hours. It has over
300 active volunteers spread across England and Wales in County based Groups,
which provide a visiting service to deliver practical and pastoral support to
farming people and families. Following the production of a report 2 years ago
into the human costs of the impact of Bovine TB, FCN has been contracted by
DEFRA to provide a sympathetic interface between farmers suffering from the
effects of Bovine TB and the perceived bureaucracy of Animal Health officials.
Whilst DEFRA now provides some funding to cover the additional work involved,
FCN still relies primarily on donations from churches and members of the public
to fund the work of its volunteers and limited administrative overheads. In
these difficult economic times, it is struggling to raise sufficient funds and
County Groups are now having to address the challenge of raising funds, as well
as carrying out their primary support role.
Flowers are a
gift to the glory of God and whilst they are not necessary in a church they do
remind us of God’s creation. The purpose of flowers in church is to add
beauty. They are not there to dominate or distract from the purpose of worship.
It is for this reason that normally there is only one arrangement placed by the
side of the altar. During festivals such as Christmas and Easter we are more
abundant with our displays in the main body of the church.
I am sure that
the beautiful flower arrangements which enhance Little Malvern Priory are much
appreciated by us all and we are constantly grateful to our talented flower
arrangers. However, for the coming year a few of the team of arrangers are
having to relinquish or reduce their commitment for various reasons and we
should be very grateful if there are any members of the congregation who would
like to come along and join the team.
We are always
grateful for the generous donations made by the congregation for festivals. For
the majority of the year however, the flowers and greenery are provided by the
flower arrangers themselves. This generosity as well as their time and effort is
you wish to join ‘the team’ please let me know, in person, by phone –
01684575753, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been given a recently rediscovered photo album of “Friends of Little Malvern Priory” social events up to Harvest Festival 1996.
This is a delightful album, and, wonderfully, has titles underneath with everyone’s names. A Godsend for a forgetful person like myself!
I think it would be lovely to resurrect this idea and to include all events associated with Little Malvern Priory, not just the Friends events.
Is there a photographer out there who would be prepared to coordinate the continuation? (Or even someone who would cajole others into taking the odd photo and then collating them)
Please do consider whether you could volunteer for this. Such records are a legacy for others and a great joy to look through, bringing back special memories and friends. No doubt more important as we all grow older.
If you would like to know more, or have a look at the photos we have, do contact either me (Anne Burge 01684 569225) or…. Valerie/Eric Knowles.
And if you have any photos of events since 1996 and could spare a copy for an album, that would be great. Happy snapping!
We will be floodlighting the church for an hour or two every Sunday evening during the winter months. If you have a special occasion that you think would be suitably commemorated by floodlighting the church at any time, please ask one of the churchwardens. There is no set fee for this but something to cover the cost of the electricity would be welcome.
MIND THE GAP!
It is marvellous that at our little church we get an average of 50 people a Sunday. However it does mean quite a number of drivers need to leave vehicles in the car park. Could you therefore try to park as close as is reasonably possible to the next car so that we make the best use of the space available.
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