Tees Pride 10k run – Sunday 2nd September 2018
I ran the Tees Pride last year, and I knew I was going to sign up to run it again this year. It was during Susan Calvert’s funeral,when listening to Michelle speak about Susan, and then when Rachel also spoke about Susan’s battle with her mental health, that I decided I would run not only in Susan’s memory, but to raise money for Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind.
Mind is a UK-wide organisation, with an office in Middlesbrough, which supports people in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar. When I contacted the Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind office for a sponsorship form, I was asked if there was a particular part of their work which I wanted the money to go towards. In Susan’s memory, the money raised will be going towards their work on suicide awareness.
I have left a sponsorship form at the back of church for those who wish to sponsor me. I haven’t set a target for how much I want to raise, I just want to complete the run and remember Susan and honour the love we share in our congregation here at St Peter’s.
Sister Louisa Ann OHP
Coffee Morning for Sri Lanka
Bruce’s annual coffee morning to raise money to
support projects in
Sri Lanka will take place at
the Vicarage, 66 Aske Road on
Friday 31st August at 10.00am.
There will be a cake stall and raffle.
Celebration of Creation
As a new venture for St Peters we are holding a service to Celebrate Creation on Saturday 18th August at 3.00pm. As a part of the celebration, you are invited to bring your pet along. Be it big or small, all are welcome. Goldfish or giraffe, rabbit or gerbil, we will be giving thanks for them all and for the great joy pets bring to their owners. I’m hoping there will be a good assortment of pets. Please tell your friends and neighbours.
If it is a fine day we will be in the church garden but if the weather is inclement we will move indoors, animals and all, we’ll all go in ‘two by two’!
Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland
is a joint venture between the Diocese of York and CUF (Church Urban Fund).
CUF has been active nationally in local communities for over 30 years, established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need. As the Church of England’s social action charity CUF’s Development Workers have unique access to local communities through the parish network, totalling 12,000 parishes. Working within local communities ensures all our work is rooted and informed by real life experiences from our towns, villages and coastal regions.
CUF works to bring about long term sustainable change in four main ways:
Together Network – a key and distinctive aspect of CUF’s work. The network consists of 19 organisations across England that work to resource local Churches and other groups as they seek to make a positive difference within their communities.
Near Neighbours – building social cohesion by bringing together people of different faiths and none, whilst helping people develop their leadership skills and work together to improve their communities.
Just Finance Foundation - A programme that aims to shape a fairer finance system focused on serving the whole community, where everyone has access to responsible credit, savings and other essential financial services.
Shaping the Public Sphere – Publications, resources and events that influence thinking about, and responses to, issues affecting the flourishing of individuals and communities.
Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland is one of the 19 Together Network organisations working across England. We have recently celebrated our 5th anniversary. We have 3 Development Workers. Heather Black works across Middlesbrough and has an office base at the Trinity Centre in North Ormesby. Vanessa Kirby was recently appointed as Development Worker for Redcar & Cleveland and is currently looking for a suitable office base within the Borough.
Kate Wells (also based at the Trinity Centre North Ormesby) is Development Worker for Faithfully Ageing Better in Middlesbrough. Do look on our website to read more about our work www.cuf.org.uk/together-middlesbrough-cleveland or why not sign up to receive our regular newsletter.
As part-time Development Workers Vanessa and Heather work with local Churches, community groups, other faith groups, charities, local authorities and other statutory bodies. Encouraging people to work across differences and boundaries so that new ideas can be tested to bring about positive change within local communities. They both work using an asset-based approach – starting with the experience, skills, resources and relationships already present in communities and empowering people to have a go at addressing the areas of greatest need locally. It’s about building on what a community already has rather than starting with what it is lacking.
Vanessa and Heather are available to help Churches understand the local context and help them think creatively about the resources, skills and the potential already located within their congregations.
Vanessa attended St Nick’s on Sunday December 3rd for the celebration of the Feast of St Nicholas when she gratefully received the toys the Church family donated. Vanessa delivered some of the toys to Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Team and some to the Social Work Team at Grangetown. The toys were then passed on to local families through these two teams in time for Christmas, enabling families to know that the Church across our Borough cares.
Social Work Team Grangetown
Vanessa is currently working with the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Team exploring the possibility of setting up a Church Volunteer Befriending Scheme. The aim will be to recruit and train local Church volunteers who will meet with a family resettled within the Borough, helping them adjust to life in the UK and perhaps meeting up for a simple cuppa and a chat. Do get in touch with Vanessa if this is something you would like to support.
Vanessa’s normal working days are Tuesday – Thursday and her contact details are:
Mobile 07576351305 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring Faith Together
with Archbishop Sentamu
As previously reported, the Archbishop of York will be in Guisborough Deanery for the weekend of 27th – 29th April. The whole purpose is to support the efforts of our churches and deanery to engage in Mission, so although we refer to it as the ‘Archbishop’s Mission Weekend’ it is really ‘our’ weekend in which the Archbishop will engage. The planning group decides what is happening and the Archbishop and his team will be invited to get involved. There will be a full programme in due course but what particularly applies to us at St Peter’s is the Saturday evening, 28th April at 7.00pm, when we will host a ‘Meet the Archbishop’ evening.
Julie Donaldson from Radio Zetland has agreed to come along to lead an evening of questions and answers with the Archbishop and his team, some personal stories of faith and some entertainment. It’s going to be great so do put the date in your diary, however it is to be hoped that you will bring a friend along with you who doesn’t normally attend church. Maybe someone who comes to coffee mornings but not to services, or someone who asks you questions about your faith, your husband or wife, son or daughter. This is an opportunity for the Archbishop’s message of hope to be heard by a wider audience and it is our responsibility to provide the audience.
So an exciting evening to which all are welcome and if you are someone who receives the church magazine but doesn’t usually come to services, please take this as your personal invitation to
‘Meet the Archbishop’.