Recent activities

Partnership with Shack Schools, Lebanon

Lebanon is a tiny country struggling with an enormous problem – the massive influx of refugees fleeing the horrors of civil war in neighbouring Syria.

For the next 3 years, the Draycote Benefice are supporting ‘Shack Schools’, a Global Care project. Shack Schools provide an important basic education for the children of Syrian refugees who have fled their homes and, in this case, are living across the border in Lebanon. We are committed to raising a minimum of £1500 each year for the project. 

If you’d like to help support this project, please read this leaflet and consider donating here: www.globalcare.org/lebanon

Godspell Reunion

On Easter Sunday at All Saints, we held a screening of the 1996 performance of Godspell by Stretton on Stage.We had a great evening, remembering times past and watching some amazing performances from a bunch of very talented young people.

Thank you to all those who help put together the event on Easter
Sunday. The evening was well supported by both Stretton on Stage and All Saints Church and we were delighted to raise £200 for the church.

DVDs of the 1996 show are still available, email Amanda (amandaross@phonecoop.coop) or call 02476542895 if you would like to one for a £5.00 donation to the church.

Richard Nelhams & Amanda Ross

St Leonards, Birdingbury at Rugby Night Shelter

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Rugby Winter  Night Shelter operates between 1 December and 31 March every year, providing hot meals and overnight accommodation at 7 venues across the town, each venue operating on a set night per week. Administered by Hope 4, guests register during the afternoon for a ticket for a meal and bed that evening. Volunteers at each venue provide a hot supper, drinks, supervised overnight accommodation and breakfast. All 7 venues are run through the goodwill of hundreds of volunteers. There are people – daily- transporting camp beds, washing and ironing bed linen, organising rotas and preparing hearty suppers for approximately 15-20 guests each night.

In birdingbury we started helping in December 2015 when Church Warden Karen, with her husband and daughter, volunteered to help on Christmas Eve at St Matthews and St Oswalds, Lawford Rd – part of our own Rugby Deanery and Coventry diocese.  

Since then we have progressed to actually preparing and taking the evening meal, once in 2016 and twice this year. We now have 10 people who have volunteered and expressed interest so we hope to increase our help to three nights for the 2017-2018 programme. 

This year we attended well stocked with Rev Ali’s super squash soup, Liz’s luscious lasagne, Karen’s spicy sausage and chilli beans, Emma’s masterful mixed salad and Jenny and Leigh’s lovely crumbles. Andrew joined us as we set up beds, laid out the bed linen, laid the table for 20, prepared and served the food, poured numerous teas and coffees, cleared away and washed  up and played countless games of Uno – a favourite game with all guests! 

Well done to all those who manage and administer the programme across Rugby town- we are proud and humbled to be involved in support. See you next month and next year! 

Celebrate@4 – Christmas edition

We met on 10 December for an afternoon of Christmas craft activities and our informal  all age worship.

The crafts were many and varied and included cooking activities, making ‘count your blessings’ jars, wire coat hanger snowmen, Christmas tree pictures and bird feeders. Over 20 children and their families joined in and the atmosphere was noisy, fun and creative!

In our worship we heard from some angels who told us what they were up to ‘that night’ when the baby was born. We had a ‘hunt the nativity figure’ game and made a lot of noise during our Carol singing!

We finished with a very energetic version of ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ which involves everyone standing up during the ‘day’ that relates to the month of their birthday (ie 1st day of Christmas = January etc)

Finally, our teenage helper, Daisy, raised over £60 in donations for her chosen charity ‘Water Aid’ by selling her home made mince pies and Christmas cards. We were also pleased to add our own donations from the afternoons activities. Daisy also showed her film she had made, which featured all our ‘Celebrate@4’ family in various Christmas jumpers and accessories, singing along to Band Aid’s ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ – well done Daisy – a fab and fun project!

Birdingbury Christmas Concert

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Birdingbury Boys and Girls choirs came together to sing at a concert on Saturday 3 December, at St Leonards. Several choir members also performed separate numbers for the concert which included other Christmas  readings and singing.

Superb canapés and wine were served during the interval. The event was attended by over 90 people with over 20 performing. A great ‘Prelude to Christmas’

Many thanks especially to Mel and Ian Palmer, Sue and Peter Law and all those who performed, helped and supported it!

Cushion making

 

On Saturday, a group of Ladies from Stretton Ladies Fellowship, spent the day making cushions for the Breast Cancer unit at Warwick Hospital, where they are greatly appreciated.