Every year The Shrublands Trust, whose activities include running the Food Bank, hold a family fun day on the ‘green’ outside the Shrublands Shops.This year it is on Sunday 16th June.
There will be food, games, raffles etc. Bev, the organiser, has requested jam jars filled not with jam or marmalade but with small gifts. Ideas for gifts include sweets, pencils and erasers, hair accessories, really anything that will fit into a jar. Would any of you be able to donate one (or more)? I realise that this is very short notice but if you can help please bring them to church on 9th or 16th June. The event runs from 2.00 to 6.00p.m. and all are most welcome.
Thank you for all the help you already give to the Trust.
I realise the website tends to have lots of information about what happening at our church, events, services etc. This post is a little different
At our recent APCM our vicar (Lu Gale) asked us to think about joining the inclusive church so I’ve been doing a little reading in preparation for an upcoming PCC meeting.
There is a lot of information on there and I hate to take a snippet out of context but I saw this and thought I should share it. It was a briefing paper on the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance on using the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith with transgender people. In that paper there are some questions and answers, the last one struck a chord, here it is
Q. What might transgender people be looking for from their church?
A. For the Church to
signal that trans people are welcome
be a safe space for them, and for family and friends journeying with them
listen and learn from their experience
be a place where they are not required to hide who they are
recognise the honesty and integrity of their particular journey within the love of Christ
understand that their experience is about being true to their own sense of self
have their loved ones supported and their relationships affirmed
be open to their requests for prayer & offer resources to mark significant life events
treat them equally with everyone else in the ministry and mission of the church
not presume that they have automatically fallen from grace just for being who they are
I read the above thinking that sounds pretty much the same list that anyone would have.