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Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust

SPONSORED BIKE ‘n HIKE – Saturday 10th September 2022

Last year 5 participants raised over £1,677 which was divided between BHHCT and our own parish funds. Select your own route for cycling or hiking between the churches – there are over 600 churches to choose from so make it as long or as short as you wish. More churches will be open this year. The Sponsorship Packs are now available and if you would like a pack mailed to you, please contact Mike Maze (245606 or mikefmaze@aol.com). We have only 1 x Just Giving sponsor link at the moment so please follow the link below if you wish to be a sponsor. More to follow.        

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michael-Maze2

Mike Maze

AUCTION OF PROMISES

We are planning an Auction of Promises in November, date tbc, to raise money for our Church.  For this we will need people to donate promises.  These can be anything from an offer to do an hour of house work, an offer of gardening, car valeting, an airport run, a cream tea, through to an offer to let someone stay in their holiday home for a week.  You can be as imaginative as you wish!  If you would like to offer a promise, please contact Ruth Savage email address Ruth_Savage@hotmail.co.uk with the details before 18th September, as the promises will need to be compiled into a catalogue well in advance of the event.  Thanks in advance.

PADRAIG O’TUAMA AT ST.MARY’S ASHWELL 

This well-known poet and theologian is coming to speak at St Mary’s on Thursday 25th August at 7.30pm. He will be drawing on his book, ‘Borders and Belongings’ which was influenced by the Book of Ruth. Tickets available here:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/StMarysashwell/borders-and-belonging-with-the-book-of-ruth/e-jrkrok

UKRAINIAN SUPPORT – GIVE THANKS!

Since our last status we have much to give thanks for, both to God and to some very helpful supporters.

  • Provision of a bicycle for a 5-year-old
  • Collection of a family from Heathrow
  • Running a social drop-in for hosts and guests and planning a second
  • Assisting in the registration process for a newly arrived family
  • Driving a young girl to summer holiday club in Cambridge daily for a fortnight
  • Using technology such as Google Translate to communicate with our guests
  • Provision of a lap-top for a family – useful for entertaining the children and helping with learning English
  • Organising transport to a social at the Ukrainian Centre in Cheshunt to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day
  • Sourcing bicycles and refurbishing them ready for use by families
  • Planning conversational English groups and one to one practice sessions
  • Assisting with accessing the schools’ system
  • Families befriending, so that Ukrainian and English children can play together

There is probably more that I have forgotten.

We are blessed to be able to serve God in these ways. Please continue to pray and offer support where you are able.

Jim Dalgleish. (james.dalgleish@talk21.com)
(on behalf of the Ukraine Support Working Group)

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