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This Week:
The third Sunday in January is kept as World Religion Day and we are reminded both of the importance of religion within our world, something we can be forgetful of in what is in many ways a post-religious Western Society; and of our need to seek understanding, dialogue and harmony between faiths, while confidently proclaiming Christ.

Sugar Awareness Week this week encourages us to be aware of our sugar intake and of the sugar content of many processed or packaged foods

Monday also begins the Big Energy Saving Week. Both as individuals and as churches we may well be paying more than we need to for the energy we use, and we may also be able to reduce our usage – and many people in our parish communities are probably paying more than they should be at a time when they are struggling to get by.

Monday also begins the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year’s theme of ‘Abiding in Christ’ uses material prepared by the sisters of the Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. Pray for those of other Christian denominations with whom we share a call to work and worship within our communities and pray for good and fruitful ecumenical links.

Monday is also Martin Luther King Day and we are reminded that race continues to be a divisive issue in much of our world. Pray there may come a time when race is no longer a cause of hatred or prejudice and give thanks for those who speak out against injustice and bias. Wulfstan was the saintly bishop of our neighbouring Diocese of Worcester who ably guided that diocese through the transition from Saxon to Norman rule. Pray for the churches and people of the Diocese of Worcester today.

Saturday is kept as National Reading Day. Give thanks for all that encourages a love of books and reading in children and young people and pray for all who work to encourage literacy. Pray too for our library services, often under threat because of the need to trim budgets; pray for those who campaign against cuts and community groups keeping local libraries open.

Now that all our parishes are in Tier 3 we must be even more vigilant and careful NOT TO MINGLE OR MIX AT ALL WITH OTHERS FROM OUTSIDE OUR OWN HOUSEHOLD. Effectively this means all conversations can only take place if there is at least 2 metres between everyone speaking, whether indoors or outdoors. Choir members may use the vestry only to robe and once robed please proceed immediately to your place in the choir stalls and please ensure you are at least 2 metres from the person next to you; the same is true for everyone in the congregation – only households may sit together.

HWS Homeless Winter Appeal to knitters
HWS urgently needs knitted hats, scarves, gloves and socks – FOR ADULTS ONLY PLEASE. These are for people in Worcester, who are homeless (those who find themselves homeless in Tenbury will frequently end up in Worcester). HWS is co-run by Becca Tisdale – a Tenbury girl who is working hard to keep the homeless warm and fed. All knitted items can be left outside the office at St Marys or in the church but please clearly mark them for HWS APPEAL. Many thanks to all knitters – in anticipation.
Revd Sian

Week of Accompanied prayer
From 10-16th January 2021 on zoom. More information and sign-up sheet available Here.. or speak to Sue Foster

Online Advent Calendar:
Please follow this link for an Online Advent Calendar that is full of paintings, reflections, readings. I will post a link to each days selction on Tenbury Team Ministry Online or, you can follow the calendar through this link......

If anyone is looking for lockdown resources for prayer, building your faith, for children at home, faith based help and guidance for your well-being and small ‘reaching out to others’ postable gifts, is worth having a look at.

RSCM are offering a hymn sing-along daily and on Sundays – a short act of Worship. Please click Here....