Author: Graham Stacey

Progress on Clergy 100k in May Challenge

Kate: 

‘I’m chipping away with a 30min run 4 mornings a week – 17.2k so far…’ 

Mathew: 

Since the commencement of lockdown I have had to forgo other forms of exercise which have been replaced by a daily walk. Walking in the woods at the end of a long day in my NHS work is proving vital in restoring mental, spiritual  and physical wellbeing. I have walked about 25km in the first 4 days of May.

Simon:

‘2 miles a day everyday – alternating running and cycling – feeling pretty good & energised about it…’

Graham: 

This gives me extra motivation to get out and do some exercise knowing it will be some good somewhere. 

Randwick are looking for a Foundation Governor

Randwick Primary School is looking for someone to join our governing body as a Foundation Governor. 

This is an exciting volunteering opportunity to join our friendly and enthusiastic team, responsible for strategic management of the school, and to act as a “critical friend”, supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.  The governing body is responsible for managing the budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment.  Foundation Governors in particular help to ensure that the school remains a church school with all that that implies.

In a voluntary controlled school like ours there are two Foundation Governors and they are there to see that the school takes account of its church foundation.  The governing board has a vital role to play in making sure every child at Randwick receives the best possible education. This is achieved by ensuring that governors have the necessary skills and commitment to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

The particular skills that governing boards need will vary and will include personal qualities and capabilities, such as the capacity and willingness to learn and work as part of a team.  Governors can make use of the various training opportunities available to them and play a full part in the work of the governing board.  We welcome nominations from members of our local community.

Please do email [email protected] for more information or our Chair of Governors, Mrs Alison Inwood, at [email protected].  Many thanks.  David Poad, Headteacher.

Still Moving

 Christian contemplative prayer through music and movement.  Run by Milly and Clay Sinclair and Juliette Saville, members of Stillpoint, an inclusive contemplative group connected to St Lawrence’s.   All Faith’s and none welcome.

Please join us this Sunday 9 May from 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start.

Here’s the zoom link.

VE Day

Whilst we will not celebrate it as we had planned, we will be remembering and giving thanks for VE day tomorrow.

To mark this occasion there will be a service broadcast from our Cathedral at 11.15 tomorrow morning. Friday – VE Day service.

Bishop Rachel says:

I am delighted that there will be a service provided virtually by the cathedral on Friday, available from 11.15am on the cathedral website and I am looking forward to joining some members of the Company of St Kyneburga for a virtual cup of tea in the afternoon and hearing some of their memories of that day in 1945.

Sunday Service celebrates the contemplative tradition in Stroud

This Sunday’s service (streamed at 10.10am and online thereafter here) celebrates the contemplative tradition that is thriving in the Stroud Parish Churches.

In the service, we include visits to our Still Moving, Taize & Cowshed communities – including input from their leaders (Milly Sinclair leads a body prayer, Simon & Julie Cooper weave diverse spiritual readings inspired by the Gospel around the chant Adoramus te Domine…).

You may also know of our Silent Sitting Communities (in normal times: Church of the Holy Spirit Pagan Hill 3pm Thursdays, St Laurence’s Stroud 8am Tuesdays – the latter now still meeting but sitting in our respective homes, with corresponding communications before & after) and the Praying Together community at Holy Trinity Slad (10am Thursdays – now online).

Contemplative prayer is experiencing a renaissance at the moment because of its facility to open the heart to deep spiritual remedies – if you’d like to connect with one or more of the aforementioned communities, do get in touch.

Christian Aid Week 10th-16th May

Again creative thinking has been applied by this esteemed social justice organisation – to see how best to ensure it can continue standing together with the most vulnerable and marginalised people during this time of global crisis.

They have a schedule of virtual events all taking place live from their Facebook page. And there are several more creative and fun ways on their website to help us join them in saving lives from our sofas.

Plant Sale for Christian Aid: Saturday 16th May, 10am – 1pm. Sutton Gardens, Middle Street. (Social distancing etc in force at the time will be observed; please bring your own boxes / carrier bags to take plants home)

Being Equipped for Everyday Faith: Cheltenham Racecourse, Sat 3rd October

This is an absolutely vital Diocesan event (Bishop Rachel is the National Episcopal Champion for Everyday Faith).

It is for those who spend most of their time out in the community, whether working, studying caring, volunteering…, and will equip and inspire us to live out our faith Sunday to Saturday.

It is for Christians who are grandparents, grandchildren, adults, teenagers, parents etc etc.

There are workshops, seminars and activities for all ages delivered by experienced speakers. Are you feeling this is for you? Brilliant. There are limited places so do let us know if you are.

The Door’s Challenge: 100k in May

The Door continues to offer vital support to young people and families at this time, and more so than ever as the impact of social isolation kicks in. These are challenging times for all of us, and The Door reports that amongst young people they are in contact with their mood is lower than they’ve ever seen before, and parents are telling them that their anxiety levels are rising. They have adapted quickly, moving all their support services to phone and video calls.

However, with their charity shop closed, and various events which they had fundraisers taking part in cancelled, they are losing around £500 per week.

So, the whole clergy team; Simon, Mathew, Graham and I have decided to step up to their challenge of 100k in May! That’s to run or walk 100km in the month of May to help to raise funds for The Door.

What can you do to support?

They say; ‘It’s going to be a challenge, but together we can
#KeepTheDoorOpen
and keep providing vital mental health support to local vulnerable young people and their families.’

New from the Rector

This is our weekly communication to remind us that we may be in isolation, but we are not alone.

Since I last wrote we have been told that we are going to be in lock down for a while longer. I hope that you are finding healthy ways of being, and enjoying the opportunity to connect with people in your congregations in new ways; be that by phone, by letter or by video call. If you are feeling lonely, pick up the phone and call someone – you will probably make their day, and make yours brighter too.

Simon and I have Open Vicarage from 10-11 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and are loving catching up with people during those times. Do ‘drop in’!

On the website there is also a little video preparing for our Agape meal together on Sunday, and an update about our curate, Helen Hill. 

You can also read about the challenge that Simon and I have accepted on behalf of The Door [will we live to regret this?!] and you can take a moment out to reflect on our wonderful earth through a video made for Earth Day by people in Slad.

Alongside these news items we have our worship; continue to offer Morning Prayer daily, Compline is always there as are the services we have shared.

Our virtual prayer board is there for you to ask for prayer, and our wonderful prayer team are faithfully praying for all of those people and situations.

Stay safe and well, and may you know the peace of God which passes all understanding.

Grace, love and peace, Kate