We were pleased to welcome Bishop Humphrey Southern, the Principle of Ripon College Cuddeson, to our church on 7th July. He confirmed 3 children and 4 adults from our church, along with some visitors from local churches. After the service, we all enjoyed a slice, or two, of the delicious confirmation cake which had been provided for the families.
Stay Green for Easter
Over 20 people engaged with at least one of our Lent discussions on the environment demonstrating a growing realisation amongst us that this is an important issue we cannot afford to ignore. At times the challenges seemed overwhelming as we saw pictures of plastic waste devastating the oceans or heard about climate change and bio-diversity. However, we also learnt that little things can make a big difference and we just need to get started. All of us have our own ways of responding to this and there are some ideas at the back of church and on our display board which can point us in the right direction. Do feel free to take a sheet away with you.
As a church we decided we would:
- Move to create a wildlife area in the church yard after proper consultation
- Work harder to ensure we use only fairtrade products for all our catering
- Look at using environmentally friendly cleaning products and toilet rolls.
- Invest in re-usable beakers for large children’s groups
- Explore the possibility of getting a blue wheelie bin for Church House
- Apply for the diocesan grant to take part in the church environmental audit
- Write to our MP to ask her to come and speak to us about what parliament is doing and how we can get involved.
- Use our deanery synod as a platform to lobby for environmental issues to take a more prominent place in the diocesan vision
- To talk about green issues more in church
- Create a display about some of the things we have learnt this Lent and how we can respond
- Use Christian Aid Week and harvest as time to focus on environmental issues
- Where appropriate environmental issues could become the theme for Pause for Prayer, Café Church or Come and Praise services
- Promote the deanery training event: Creation care and the local church: Monday 7th October 7.30-9.30pm Sibford Village Hall.
Please take time to look at our display in church and consider in what small way you might respond to environmental issues.
- We now have a pink box in church where you can leave any donations of environmentally friendly cleaning products and toilet rolls for use in church house.
- Our blue bin has been ordered.
- Reusable beakers have been purchased.
- We are promoting use of fairly traded tea, coffee and sugar for our refreshments.
- The best site for our ‘wildlife’ area is being investigated.
- Our May Come and Praise and evening service focused on Christian Aid and environmental issues affecting the areas in which they operate.
- Our application for the environmental audit is in and we are expecting the audit to happen very soon.
Check out our new parish magazine!
Inside are all the details you need of our Lent lunches and discussion groups based on environmental issues and how we, as both individuals and a church community, should respond to them.
As well as information about all our services and events for the forthcoming Easter period.
If you’re interested to read about how the magazine is produced, follow this link to Alex’s blog
Our new Area Dean
Following the departure of Philip Cochrane, to Vancouver, we are pleased to announce that our vicar, Sarah Sharp has been appointed as the new Area Dean of Deddington Deanery. She will be licensed at Bodicote on Wednesday 27th February by Bishop Colin and we do hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us for this service at 7.30pm. It will be followed by wine and nibbles.
We hope you will support her in this new and exciting challenge and will continue to pray for her.
Please be assured, her work within our church and parish will be continuing as normal.
Unfortunately, we have had to change the vicar’s e-mail address. It is now firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have changed it wherever possible – it is incorrect in the January/February parish magazine which had already gone to print before this happened.
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