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NEW CHAPLAIN AT LAVENDER COURT RESIDENTIAL AND NURSING CARE, HALCON

We are pleased to announce that Margaret Gibbins has been appointed chaplain of Lavender Court, our nearest care home in Halcon. This is part of the Taunton Team Chaplaincy scheme. Margaret will be visiting residents there on a Wednesday, including some of our church members who currently are being cared for there. Please pray for Margaret as she begins this new role.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND ECO CHURCH

We have all benefitted during our lifetime from modern technology and materials. We appreciate our motor cars, dependable heating and lighting, plastics and synthetic materials etc. However most of us will have felt concerned about the long term effects this is having on our planet and are now aware that we cannot continue without greater respect for the environment. Recently I spoke to the combined church PCCs introducing Eco church. This is an online website resource which helps churches to work towards greater environmental sustainability.

The bishops of our diocese are encouraging all churches to consider Eco church as a means of prioritising our environmental mission. There will be environmental challenges on the diocesan website during Lent alongside a lent course which some churches are doing.

Eco church involves a detailed survey to understand better where we currently are and where we could make changes. It also involves giving greater priority within our church worship and teaching to environmental themes. It gives churches an option to work towards goals of a bronze, silver or gold certificate.

Some in our communities are already taking environmental issues seriously. Liz Harper has organised recycling and regular jumble sales for many years and we are grateful to her for this. Sue Sherry has been advising the parish council for Ruishton and Thornfalcon and has written a report on environmental sustainability for the neighbourhood plan, Creech St Michael PCC arranged twinning of the church toilet when it was installed providing funding for a toilet in the developing world. I am sure there are other initiatives.

I think that we have a responsibility as a church, not just as individuals to give greater priority to environmental stewardship. In the book of Genesis God created the whole earth to worship and glorify Him and man to be stewards of the earth.

I recognise that we need to be realistic as to our aims with our small congregations. However as one PCC member suggested -a goal to consider environmental sustainability when planning any project/activity as a church would be useful.

For more information do have a look at the Eco church website. We shall be thinking more about environmental matters and our Christian response at our Songs of Praise service in Ruishton on Sunday 17th March 9.30am.

Jane Hempson Brown

Heroes All memorial bookRemembrance Sunday 2018

This was particularly special this year because of the centenary of the end of the First World War. We were pleased to receive the book 'Heroes All' presented to us by Eric Chown at Creech St Michael. It contained his research into those who are remembered on our war memorial in the churchyard. We have placed it in the church for anyone to view if they would like to.

At Ruishton we were very impressed by the wonderful cross of poppies made by In Stitches @ St George’s! It must have taken hours to make all those poppies!

We were also pleased to receive two Perspex figures from the “There but not There” project from the charity “Remembered” which seeks to support those injured in war. They were donated for Remembrance weekend, and were a haunting reminder of those from our communities who are no longer with us because of war. They were in place at Creech and Ruishton churches for the weekend.