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May 2016

This months News



Deanery News

Ascension Day is Thursday, May 5th: we always mark this with a Deanery Ascension Day Communion Service in the evening, hopefully starting outside before moving in.  This year we will be at Sutton-under-Brailes, beginning at 7.30pm, and our preacher will be Rev. Greg Bartlem of Urban Hope. 

So many people are supporting Urban Hope, and once again this year we have sent them the collections from our Deanery Lent Services. This year you have donated 1543.89 so a huge thank you to all who were so generous in their giving.  Greg wrote to say:

To our wonderful friends in the Shipston Deanery,  

We were overjoyed and taken aback to receive a huge cheque of  1543.89 towards our work at Urban Hope in Coventry. The church is growing but as I am sure you will be aware, our community are not very affluent!  Easter was a very special time for us not least because we also celebrated our 5th birthday on Easter day! We held a bonfire in the evening of Good Friday to celebrate alongside our normal Easter activities - it was very busy! Other news includes the fact that we are moving (tentatively) into Youth Homelessness - with a half time worker at Bardsley working alongside us and the YMCA to advocate on behalf of the young people when the system appears to be failing them. This has been funded by a one off grant from a national charity (we never expected to get this - God is good!) 

So please do come along to Sutton-under-Brailes on May 5th to catch up with him!

Between Ascension Day and Pentecost on May 15th, we are invited to take part in the Diocesan Pilgrimage.  Bishop David will be walking along the Centenary and Shakespeare Ways in the SOUTH of the diocese. The route will be:

Saturday May 7th 10.00am 12.30pm - Long Compton to Cherington

Sunday May 8th 11.15am 1.30pm - Shipston to Halford. Come to Sunday worship at 10.00am, followed by coffee, and then walk together

Tuesday May 10th 10.00am 12.30pm - Tredington to Ilmington

Wednesday May 11th 5.00pm 7.30pm - Ettington to Newbold

Thursday May 12th 10.00am 12.30pm - Alderminster to Clifford Chambers via Preston-on- Stour

Friday May 13th 10.00am 12.30pm - Clifford Chambers to Stratford, Holy Trinity

We are encouraged to complete the entire route. However, if that's not possible, we are very welcome to join in for just one or two sections of a route. The pilgrimage concludes with a Pentecost Beacon Event at Coventry Cathedral. This will feature a live video link with the Archbishop of Canterbury and sung worship led by Noel Richards. We anticipate the service starting at 5:00 pm on Sunday 15 May, and refreshments will be available in the cathedral ruins from 4:00 pm onwards.

Finally, looking ahead, the next Deanery Synod will be on Tuesday, June 7th at 7.30 pm in Brailes Church. We are planning to include a Bring and Share selection of nibbles, and the odd glass of Prosecco, as well as listening to Tom and Emma Moffatt talking about their recent pilgrimage to Ethopia.

Every blessing, Jill

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