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New Children’s Worker

Hello, I’m Donna Nicholls and I am delighted to have taken up my role as Children’s, Families and Schools Worker in our parishes!

I have lived in both Ruishton and Creech St Michael for the past 19 years with my husband and our family. My three children have attended both of the local primary schools, with my youngest son still a pupil at Creech St. Michael.

I am excited to be joining in the work with the schools and churches to come alongside the young people and families in our community to support and empower them to flourish and grow.

Over the coming months I will be seeking to engage with the community and prayerfully establish what great things God is already doing in our community and how we can support and answer His call to love and serve everyone, especially the young people in our communities and schools!

My contact details:  

crtchildrensworker@outlook.com

07946 196719

Donna Nicholls

Knitted nursery rhymes!In Stitches @ St George's are very pleased to have been awarded 3rd place for their entry “Rhymes In Stitches” in this year's Yarn Bombing competition.

The knitted/crochet nursery rhymes have been seen and enjoyed by many people during the summer. They were on display at Ruishton Church throughout July (with the exception of an appearance at the Ruishton Village Day) and were in the Children's Village at Taunton Flower Show in August. There is also a possibility that we may be able to display the “Rhymes” at the Somerset County Show in September which will be a “first”. As always, a big thank you to everyone who helps us to bring our ideas to fruition  

In Stitches @ St George's will meet next on Friday 13 September between 10 am – 12 noon in the Meeting Room of Ruishton Church. We welcome anyone who enjoys knitting or crochet.  

Muriel Coles

Eco-Church

As we all try to do our bit towards being more eco-friendly I wonder how many people have discovered the Lesser Litter shop for zero waste shopping opposite Taunton library? Although it does take a little pre-planning to take my own containers, I do find it well worth the effort. The staff are extremely helpful and you can just buy the amounts you need (especially useful for spices or other small amounts). They sell dried goods, including cereals, pasta, rice, baking ingredients as well as cooking oil, juice, cleaning products and toiletries and much more besides. I find that although some things are a little more expensive others work out cheaper and there is much less waste. It is also a much more enjoyable way of shopping. So that you don’t turn up having sorted out your containers you need to know that the shop is closed Sunday and Monday and open from 10am the rest of the week.

Sonia Tucker

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

Jane Hempson Brown