Praying for Syria
In response to the recent events in Syria the President and Vice-President of the Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have offered this prayer.
who cares for every created being, having even numbered the hairs on our heads,
we pray now for each person in Syria.
In these dark days, may decisions be made that honour the sanctity of life created by you;
may wise and far-sighted counsel prevail that seeks the well-being of all humanity.
Prince of Peace,
we open our hearts to you and confess our willingness to seek easy responses that require others to pay a hard price;
we open our reason to you and pledge our commitment to hear your words of compassion and peace.
Lover of Concord,
let your love shine through those who bring aid and solace in the land of Syria,
those who choose between violence and peace,
those who influence opinions in words and tweets.
hear our cry and help us work together to seek peace and pursue it. Amen.
BRITISH AND BEST!
To label a food as produced in England enhances its value. It is likely to be fresher and better in every way. For this reason, local new laid eggs are preferred . We find too, the humble potato pre-packed in small plastic bags covered with the Union Jack. But there are exceptions. Not very long ago, our sugar was produced from sugar cane, grown in the tropics. Over the years other sources have been explored for all plants produce sugar, some more than others. In temperate climates sugar beet has been found to have high amounts of sugar which is commercially viable as a source for our consumption. Tate and Lyle used to advertise their sugar as cane, even after beet sugar became considerably cheaper. Eventually the price differential made their choice unviable and they had to change to beet sugar. Rather than state the change, they merely dropped the word ‘cane’ without substituting it for another.
This is clear example of how business practice is influenced by public opinion. Cane sugar, being original and familiar, was believed to be better. There is no evidence that this is the case and they are identical chemically. Experience in the domestic kitchen bears this out. But in the popular mind, cane sugar is better. As consumers we should do well to understand why foods are described as they are, and to distinguish what is true from what is imaginary.
Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride 2018
A date for your diary! The Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride 2018 will take place on Saturday 8th September. You have the chance to raise funds for our historic Suffolk churches and St Johns by doing a Sponsored Bike Ride or a Walk between churches. We hope that St John’s family and friends will participate in this important Event. We would also appreciate help with welcoming and registering visitors.
Further information and forms will be available soon.
Brian & Clare Mortimer (Local Organisers)
Corridors of nature at Foxearth Meadows
We’ve done it! On Friday, 6“‘ April the last of 2,660 hedge and tree plants went into the ground in Foxearth Meadows nature reserve. You may remember that Plan A was for two big days of planting at the beginning of March, but that plan was scuppered by the heavy snowfall. Plan A was a non-starter (but thank you to all those who planned to come to the reserve on 2nd and 3rd March). And now a big thank you to the smaller groups of volunteers who’ve been part of Plan B and have doggedly worked to get the job done.
There have been regular groups of 4 or 3 volunteers working with Mark each week in all sorts of weather, from bitter cold winds to drizzle to driving rain to balmy sunshine. A lot of plants have gone into the reserve, but even more are on adjoining land, by kind agreement of neighbouring farmers, to create vital corridors for wildlife between the reserve and nearby areas of cover.
Please pray for the plants, that they’ll survive and thrive. Many waited longer than we’d have liked before going into the ground. Please pray too for plans for the reserve. We now have kissing gates for footpath access and a well ﬁtted-out composting toilet. We hope that there’ll be more developments this year to improve access and we hope that visitors will include local schools and church and community groups. enjoying God’s creation and thinking more deeply about our care for it.
[Sorry, this should have been in the May edition – Gill]
Spring Synod at Dereham on Saturday 28 April 2018
Synod began with Worship led by our District Chair, Rev. Julian Pursehouse. His theme for this – and indeed for the whole day – was ‘Rural Ministry and Mission’. We sang ‘Thine be the glory’ and ‘Jesus is Lord’. Julian read Psalm 145 which speaks of the majesty and mystery of God’s work.
Julian then welcomed us all to Synod. The Superintendent of the Central Norfolk Circuit, Rev. Andrew King, also welcomed us. He thanked all who had worked to organise Synod. He said that John Wesley visited Dereham briefly – to give him a comfort break and to give his horse a rest!!
After some Initial Business, three young people from Diss told us about their time at 3generate Youth Conference. They said it was a safe place to share their faith, they got to know each other, they enjoyed the activities and they found the Worship awesome. The weekend was, for them, an incredibly uplifting occasion and afterwards they felt able to express their faith more freely. They thanked everyone who had made it possible for them to go there.
Rev. Stephen Oliver, District Rural Officer, introduced Rev. Elizabeth Clark, National Rural Officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches. She is committed to small Churches and said that we need to look at them differently. In an anonymous world, the small Church can call us by name. People who attend those Churches contribute greatly to their community. Small Churches give people a sense of belonging and well being and are involved in the crucial stages of life.
An effective Christian Presence will be:
Not always building based.
Not necessarily Sunday based.
Increasingly lay led.
It will have Worship, Service and Evangelism at its heart and make a connection between what we do and what we believe. Each of us must be confident in our own faith journey.
Rev. Jacqui Horton then told us about her visit to Rome, as our District Representative, to an event to commemorate Henry Piggot, an East Anglian who brought Methodism to Italy. At the Methodist Church in Rome Jacqui spoke about Henry’s life and work. She also visited his grave in a non-Catholic cemetery.
There were updates on the copies of the Reports which had been given to us, then we had our lunch break.
The afternoon session began with Workshops. There were six to choose from and I went to the one entitled ‘Hospitality and Welcome in a Rural Setting’ which was led by Rev. Elizabeth Clark. She said that buildings need to be open – or what does it say about us? In small groups we talked about places, including buildings, which are special to us. We also read about and discussed significant places in the Bible, including the Burning Bush and the Road to Damascus. We then discussed the ways in which Church buildings can be used for the Community – perhaps for children’s activities and social events – but we must always remember that it is a Church and have a quiet place in it to which people can go.
I found the Workshop very helpful and thought provoking and enjoyed discussing the ideas given to us with other people who also have small Churches in their circuits.
After making some District Appointments and completing some Outstanding Business, thanks were expressed to our host circuit.
After Closing Worship we had tea then left for home after an interesting and fulfilling day.
Isabel Hebden. Circuit Steward.
Reduce the use
Rich Bee - A Rocha UK‘s Engagement Director - has some suggestions for cutting down plastic consumption in our homes and churches.
Bringing it home
Buy a reusable cup
We throw away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year in the UK, fewer than 1 per cent of which are currently recycled because of the plastic film liner on the inside. Let's get into the habit of carrying our own reusable cups.
Cut out the clingﬁlm
Clingfilm is something we‘ve come to rely on but it's a single-use, oil-based plastic product that goes straight in the bin when it comes off the food. Use reusable containers (ideally non-plastic) for leftovers, sandwiches, storage, travelling...
Buy unwrapped produce
Supermarkets have a lot to answer for! Do we need our fruit and veg to be so over-packaged? Try and buy unwrapped produce (take your own bag to a fresh food market) or look into a seasonal veg-box delivery to your door.
Refuse plastic packaging
If you're getting a takeaway, why not take old containers back to be refilled? You‘re saving them handing over new plastic boxes - and making the point to them that the issue is important.
Carry a reusable water bottle
ln the UK with safe, drinkable tap-water, buying a single-use plastic bottle of water is unnecessary. Extend this ‘embargo’ to avoiding the purchase of other drinks in single-use plastic bottles in favour of glass or recyclable cans.
Use soap bars instead of liquid soap and shampoo bars instead of liquid shampoo. Find out if you can buy your shower gel in bulk and use refillable bottles.
Avoid disposable cups
Washing up can be a real community- building activity, so set up a rota to get people involved. ‘Proper' cups are cheaply available from a variety of sources. If disposables have to be used due to a lack of facilities or the demands of particular events, the minimum standard should be compostable cups. Remember to collect the used ones and make sure they get composted!
Turn on the tap
Provide a jug of water and glasses at various locations around the church. Encourage people to bring their own refillable bottles and provide signs telling them where the tap (or water fountain if you have one) is.
If an outside caterer provides food for church events, work with them to reduce their use of plastic. If church staff or volunteers do the cooking, have a policy to buy as much unwrapped produce as possible. Take the opportunities to (graciously!) spread the message about reducing single-use plastic.
Get rid of plastic straws
If your children's work uses straws for arts and crafts, or if straws are ever provided with drinks, look for ones made from sustainable alternatives like bamboo.
Bless your local community
Why not organise a litter-pick in the area round your church? lt's a great witness to the local community, fun to do together and it will remove loads of discarded plastic from the streets.
[Taken from “Roots and Branch” – the magazine of A Rocha UK]
Puddings and Poetry
On Saturday June 2nd, we will be holding a Puddings and Poetry evening starting at 6.30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Ice cream, custard and cream will be provided and people are invited to bring along a pudding of their choice. You are also asked to bring a poems of your own choice, either one you have written or others written by well known poets. Please sign the list in the Link if you would like to come.
Update on news from East Meru Community School
A STITCH IN TIME....... With HUGE thanks to the generosity of one our visitors we have been able to build a NEW SEWING WORKSHOP for one of our new parents who was trained at the same vocational training centre as Mr Siphaeli.
Miss Ndeta is going to be making all of our school uniforms, which will obviously be a fantastic help to the school, but will also give her an income to help support her family.
However, in order for this to happen we need to furnish the workshop, purchase all the sewing materials, pay her salary and transport to and from the school, and eventually buy a new machine.
Maybe you like sewing or belong to a sewing group and could sell some of your crafts to raise funds for us?? If so, please do let us know and we could send you some photos and other information to help you.
Once again, a HUGE THANKS to the donor who has made this happen
The deadline for the July/August Herald
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