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    THE METHODIST CHURCH   NEWS

New web resource for churches working together for change.

The Methodist Church in Britain has Launched a new web resource offering information and guidance about how different Christian Denominations work together to serve their communities

The web pages offer a variety of information, from a basic introduction to ecumenical work to more detailed practical guidance about how to get involved. It explores the practical elements of how Churches work together in unity and offers some background information for those new to the issues.

Chris Sissons, based at the Methodist resourcing  Mission Office in Manchester, said, ‘When Churches work together, sharing their vision and resources, it benefits entire communities all over the world. This is about owning and developing the work that all Churches do at local, national and international level. We want to demystify ecumenism and encourage people to find out what’s going from their locality to churches internationality and get involved.

 The pages also have links to resources and training courses for those wanting to explore possibilities further, as well as regional information for churches in England, Wales and Scotland.

For more information, visit <http://www.methodist.org.uk/ecumenical>

www.methodist.org.uk/ecum  

 

Christian AID A Glimmer of Hope

At 5-30am every morning on the desolate outskirts of Elwark in the northeast of Kenya, three huge water trucks are filled to the brim with fresh, clean water from the regions only working borehole. This increasingly rare commodity is then delivered to 27 recently established settlements in Dawder, Iresuki and Chachabole every four to eight days. Two of these trucks are fully funded by Christian Aid and its Kenyan partner Northern Aid, and are a lifeline for the growing communities of nomadic drop-outs.

The water deliveries are vital and people are so gratefuI but this drought is worse than has ever been seen before and more water tankers, borehole lubricants and spare engine parts are desperately required to keep the supplies flowing. The trucks work flat out every day so just one broken truck means that people will die, new engine parts take three months to arrive from Nairobi!

Christian Aid together with Northern Aid are working as partners to support and expand this project and is another reason why Shifnal is so supportive of Christian Aid - long may that support continue !

Seasons Greetings from Alan and the Christian Aid team.

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Shifnal Team: Alan Nash (Co-ordinatnr), Paul Warrender, Anne l)akin, Debra Withington, Eileen Morgan

 

Babies Hats for Africa  last count 600
Inspired by Anne Dakin, all those little hats for little heads are testament to the love and care of so many who use their skills for others. Thank you to Anne and all the knitters, the hats are on their way.
The new challenge is to knitting strips for blankets, instructions can be found in Oasis.

WE have £75  to spend on sending blankets and hats to baby hospital in South Africa. The lady contact is a lovely priest.
Some details of the hospital can be seen on www.storksupport.blogspot.com

LINK LINE
A link line is in the process of being set up, we already have training sessions in progress and volunteers for the task. It is a telephone line which will eventually be staffed at Oasis and will enable us to keep in touch with lonely, elderly and vunerable people. We are exploring the possibility of grant aid from the Town Council in order to establish it.

IMPORTANT NEWS RELEASE

 Our long hoped for Youth Worker has  been appointed.
Hus name is Graham Phillips he is exited to be working with us as we are to welcome him He will be working with our young people in Shifnal, Albrighton and the six Parishes area. He will start from the beginning of September, and you will be seeing him round about from this month. We wish Graham God speed in his new role.
More information later.


 

 Your Town Centre Chaplain in Shifnal

God cares about our Town

 The Town Centre Chaplaincy is a voluntary initiative of St Andrew’s Church, working with Churches Together in Shifnal to work with shops and businesses

within the town centre. When things are tough we need to know that God cares about our whole community. One of our main aims is simply to pop in and say hello, to build up good relationships, and to pray for the people and businesses that make up our town centre.

What is Chaplaincy?

Regular opportunities to meet a Lay Chaplain who offers Christian care to everyone in the workplace, and who appreciates their responsibilities and the pressures on them

Who is the Chaplaincy for?

For anyone who works in 5hifnal for all faith and of none, we want to be open to everyone. Our Chaplain is impartial and here to listen.

Confidentiality and respect for all.

The Chaplain works by respecting the confidentiality of those who confide in him. Whilst holding firm Christian convictions, Paul also respects members of other faiths and their insights.

Paul Warrender has lived in the Shropshire area for mare than 21 years and is a volunteer at St Andrew’s Church. He is a Lay Assistant, Intercessor, Server, and member of the Christian Aid team.

With more than 30 years retail and sales experience in the West Midlands and Shropshire, Paul knows the pressures and problems encountered in the sector retail for both employees and employers.

“I am very pleased to recommend Paul for this role in the life of our town” Rev Chris Thorpe, vicar of St Andrew’s

 Seeing God at the heart of our community

What help can a Chaplain offer?

Simply the gift of time and a listening ear! The Chaplain has time to

listen to anything which troubles you -

•       To be here and support you, in the heart of the community.

•       To keep you informed about the life of the local churches.

•       To link in with the Oasis Project

•       To support and encourage local businesses by encouraging people to buy locally.

Meeting you where you are

Paul will be calling to see you in the Town Centre, and will be avail­able for you to call for a coffee, chat or quiet prayer at the Oasis shop, or if preferred in the Lady Chapel at St Andrew’s church, or your own home by appointment.

Contact Paul

Call Paul on 07970 917728 to arrange an appointment, or leave a message at Oasis, or through one of the churches - he is here to listen and to help you.

 “l am glad to be able to support this new initiative”

John Hume, Churches Together Chairman

  

 


For Men's Link contact Mr Chris Blake  01952-463171

 

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