Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Traidcraft Talk

The Circuit Christian Aid group invited us to a presentation in the Church Hall on the work of Traidcraft by Ralph Dransfield. Ralph and his wife Margaret had the wonderful experience of visiting Peru with Traidcraft's "Meet the People Tours". The purpose of these tours is to promote understanding by meeting people assisted in their marketing by Traidcraft. In a Powerpoint presentation, we were introduced to the work of Traidcraft, with specific examples of how Peruvian workers were enabled to form cooperatives, find new markets, and generally improve their lot. We were introduced to a coffee farmer from Cocla, in the 12,000 foot cloud forest of the Urumbamba river valley, which is the sacred valley of the Incas. Then there were the alpaca knitters from Collasuyo, north of Juliaco - (I recommend reference to a good map!) - and the Allpa potters and a silver-worker who live in the village of Cuyo Chico.

There was plenty of opportunity during the trip to visit major tourist sites and we were given the opportunity to view many of the Inca sites, with the amazing stonework, mountain terracing and mountain peak temples with their daunting climbs. There was also a trip to Lake Titicaca, which, at an altitude of 12500 feet, is the largest lake in South America.

After the presentation, Fair Trade coffee, tea and biscuits were served and there was a stall of Traidcraft products. Free literature from Traidcraft was also available. Those present commented on how interested the whole evening had been.

Our thanks are due to Ralph and Margaret, and the local Christian Aid group for a very worthwhile evening.

Monday, 24 May 2010


The congregation (mostly) dressed in red, orange and yellow to symbolise the flame of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Sermon: Gifts

23/05/10 Mrs Karen Drayton

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Pentecost Monologue

Based on Acts Chapter 2 Verses 1-21

Action For Children - Child Neglect Campaign

Judianne talked to the congregation and asked them to sign the Action for Children Petition concerning child neglect.

To find out more about this campaign click here

To sign the petition online click here

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Hope 4 Chilubula

Duncan Potts has been running costal marathons - one a month for the past six months, with one more to go next weekend - to raise money for the charity Hope4Chilibula.
See his appeal here.

And to donate click here

Sunday Sermon 16/05/10

Rev. Neil Drayton - Water of life

Water of Life

To go with his theme today of The water of Life - we sang Deep and Wide. A new song for many, a real blast from the past for others.

Christian Aid Week

Many members of the congregation have been collecting for Chirstian Aid this week. If you would like to find out more about the work of Christian Aid, or make a donation on-line, click here

Saturday, 15 May 2010

May Film Night

This months film is Nim's Island.
Come along and enjoy this family film on Saturday 22nd May, 7.00pm

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Shell Group Sing...

Praise to the One!

The Beginners and Primary sing...

... Praise Him!

Happy Anniversary!

The morning Aniversary Service was led by the Rev Patrick Rudden, and saw the hall full as the children and young people sang presented their worship songs.

The Beginners and Primary Sunday School sang "Praise Him"

The Shell Group, Junior and Senior Sunday School children sang songs from 'Sundays Cool'

The evening service was led by Mr Alan Lee. The Choir presented the musical 'Pharoh to Freedom' by Roger Jones, which tells the story of the Passover in the Old and New Testements.
The girls did a fantastic job of dancing during several of the songs.

Sunday, 9 May 2010