Thank you Matthew (and his mum and dad) for inspiring us to watch The Good Lie and for making all those cakes! Yummy - thank you!
Here we are below with Matthew in our midst and together we raised £100 for Ibba Girls School in South Sudan - which will help maintain the fantastic work being done in this part of the world where educating a girl can make such a huge difference to a community and a nation.
If you haven't seen the film I recommend it highly.
If you'd like to know more about Ibba Girls School you can go to https://www.ibbagirlsschool.org/ if you click on the Pencil Power tab there is a short film you can watch all about the school.
You are warmly invited to a Fund-raising Film Night 7pm in St Peter and St John's Church Sunday 23rd October. Please bring along some friends too!
One of the young people in church watched a very powerful and moving film back in the summer with his family and ever since then he has wanted to do something to do something that in some small way might make a difference to refugees, particularly those fleeing from Sudan.
The Good Lie is the story of a group of children who are forced to flee their village during the civil war in Sudan. They trek hundreds of miles to reach a refugee camp from where they are given the chance of a new life in America. The story is by turns shocking, moving, funny, tragic and yet uplifting (you may need tissues!) It's 105 mins long and is a CERT 12.
It will make you think and, hopefully, will make you want to give a generous donation for the tea, coffee, cake and refreshments that will be available. There will also be Christmas cards for sale on the evening. There is no charge for the evening but along with the film we will give a little presentation about an amazing girls school that we have supported in Sudan called Ibba Girls School.
This month has seen the UN's International Day of the Girl Child and we hope this event will allow you to feel part of a fantastic work in Sudan that offers real hope of change in a desperate bleak part of the world for young women. All the donations from the evening will go to support Ibba Girls School.
For more info on Ibba please see http://www.ibbagirlsschool.org/
For UN International Day of the Girl Child http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
Do come along for this free concert next Saturday at 7.30pm in St Peter and St John Church. Your local Rugby villages choir, as seen on BBC 1 TV, Boughton Leigh award winning school choir, soloists organ and piano with a repertoire from classical to jazz to delight and uplift. No tickets required, just turn up!
This is Sam who is our link with Rugby Musician's Union, our assistant organist and she also runs the Villages Choir pj-childrens-choir-starts-sunday-oct-2nd.html
We had a joyful time last Sunday at our Harvest Thanksgiving. Thank you everyone who donated food, this has now gone to Rugby Foodbank and to Hope 4.
Well done Ben and Cara for being part of the children's choir. Ben sang his heart out and Cara played her cornet with 'pzazz'!
We also made real pizzas (they were scoffed so fast after the service, I didn't even get a piece!) and we made 'Pizza Prayers'.
Remember: God wants us all to get a 'Pizza the Action'
The Life Course is a six session course that teaches skills to enhance mental well-being and coping strategies.
The opening session looks at the nature of coping and explains how we can all improve in this area. The next session, "Be Still", looks at promoting relaxation while session three, "Do not worry", helps with anxiety management. Session four gives some techniques useful for managing strong emotions and the fifth session gives guidance on managing difficult relationships. The course ends in the final session by focussing on goal setting and each course member will finish with a realistic and manageable plan to bring about a positive change in their life.
I will be leading the course and so just to introduce myself, apart from being the minister of St Peter and St John's Church, I have a background in education, training in counselling and have authored a number of books.
Please note that this course does not offer therapy but is more along the lines of training in skills we can all develop to help ourselves. One of the strengths of the course is the sharing of the experience and wisdom that all of us have gathered already on our life's journey. It has been written with a Christian foundation and so it will point to spiritual resources from time to time but it is for people of all faiths and none and there is no agenda other than helping ourselves to live more positively.
For more information about the charity that produced the course please see www.keepinghealthinmind.org.uk
Here is a list of the things you could bring to donate to the foodbank. In Rugby an estimated `12,500 people are living on the edge of poverty which includes 14% of our town's children. Since Jan 2016 the foodbank has distributed 2,036 3 day packs of food to individuals or families in crisis.
Come along to the Rugby Food and Drink Festival today in town and look us up - we will be inside St Andrews with a table all about the PJ Veg Beds and some of the other opportunities/courses we offer.
Classical, jazz, swing and whimsical... come along and enjoy the 'Fresh Air Wind Band' Refreshments from 12 noon, concert at 1pm
Rev Sheila Bridge
Minister of St Peter and St John's Church, Rugby