We follow up our warm welcome in church with opportunities to form friendships and to be encouraged in faith through our events and activities. There are a number of joint initiatives that bring our communities together in fellowship across the benefice, as well as those described in the details of individual parishes.
Each month on a Saturday morning, between 15 and 25 men from across the benefice meet for a cooked breakfast in the village pub in Stretton. A speaker provides food for thought and discussion. This event is an excellent opportunity to engage with irregular church goers.
Global Care partnership
Over recent years we have supported ‘Shack Schools’, a Global Care project. Shack Schools provide access education to some of the most damaged Syrian refugee families living in the Bekaa Valley. We committed ourselves to raising £1,500 per year for three years and comfortably exceeded this amount every year. A secondary objective was to raise awareness in our community of the plight of refugees across the world. We are taking a break from fund raising this year as the church community is very busy during a vacancy and exploring the possibility of helping a project in the developing world.
Care for the environment
We are committed to improving our care for the environment and working with our communities to encourage lifestyle changes that show reverence for God’s creation. We accept that God’s creation is in crisis. We welcome the recent decision of General Synod to compel the C of E to become a net carbon zero organisation by 2030. This will be challenging for everyone but also represents an opportunity. Some of our churches are Eco Church members and have undertaken a Green Journey audit. However, there is much to be done and we know that the time to act is now.