Letter

Reporting – February 2019

Dear Friends

I recommend to you the ReImagine Conference to be held on Saturday  9 March 10 am – 3pm   at Carrs Lane Church.  It couldn’t be easier to get to Carrs Lane Church from Stratford.  You simply get off the train at Moor Street, cross the road, turn right and 100 m ahead of you is the church. The keynote speakers this year are John Bell of Wild Goose Worship Group, Mike Royal of Cinnamon Network, and Rachel Lampard of Joint Public Issues Team. The event is free and open to all, with the request of a £5 donation to cover the expenses of lunch, drinks, and snacks. Attendance at the last two ReImagine Conferences have been between 200-300 so to be sure of a place book in advance at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reimagine-church-conference-tickets-50022913882

The Leaders of the different churches in Stratford meet regularly for fellowship and to review and plan ecumenical ventures. At our last meeting we reviewed the events of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January).  Currently a half hour prayer service in the Guild Chapel is held on each day of the Week of Prayer.  These services are very poorly attended.  On the Saturday evening of the Week of Prayer a dinner is held at our church.  Churches take it in turn to prepare the meal and to arrange for an after-dinner speaker to give an address.  Tickets are limited and the meal tends to be attended by the same 50-60 people each year.  We would like to make the event open and accessible to more people.  We are looking at marking the Week of Prayer at Pentecost rather than in January and having a daytime gathering on the Saturday rather than an evening meal. If you have any thoughts on this matter please let me know so that I can feed your ideas back to the next meeting.

The Stratford and Evesham Circuit is looking to appoint a part time Circuit Outreach Worker to develop the mission at Bidford and Mickleton Methodist churches.  The job advert has been sent to all local churches but if you know anyone who might be interested please pick up one of the adverts from the foyer and pass it on.

Every blessing

Audrey