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Traidcraft News

The new Traidcraft catalogue has arrived with some great ideas for gifts that really make a difference. The catalogue can be viewed online at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk or Jo is happy to deliver paper copies to addresses in Alton, Beech and Holybourne. Orders can be placed by calling Jo on 01420 87680, 07980 371034 or emailing jo@mcgregorfamily.org.uk. Face masks are also back in stock in large and medium sizes

Harvest decorations – feeling creative?

During October the Ministry Team will be encouraging you to get creative as some alternatives to our usual way of doing Harvest. We would like you to consider making some sort of Harvest Wreath for front doors or gates. Philippa Penfold has put together some ideas for this and there is a sheet here. Get your creative juices flowing.

Update from the Futures Group

Firstly, thank you to everyone who completed the Survey of Church life since lockdown, 90 returns were received. The Futures Group (Robin Kemp, Elspeth Mackeggie Gurney, Helen Walters, Martyn Edwards & Matthew Bayliss) are now in the process of analysing the results before presenting recommendations on service style & content and wider issues to the PCC early in 2021. The group will continue to seek views and will consult with individuals & groups throughout the Autumn.

September Services and Communion – remember to book your place here!

  If you would like to attend any of these services you will need to book a place for you, and any family members who live with you who wish to attend. Please contact Philippa, via email (potr.alton@btinternet.com) to reserve your place. If you cannot use email, and would prefer to telephone, please contact the churchwarden or the Focal Minister of the church you would like to attend (Ministry Team phone numbers can be found here).   On arrival at…

Booking your place at our church services – 16th, 23rd and 30th August

On Sundays 16th, 23rd and 30th August we are pleased to begin to hold short non-communion services in all four of our church buildings. There will be a booking system in place. This is to ensure the number of people attending does not exceed the restricted capacity imposed upon us by the social distancing regulations. Please read the attached copy of Parish Matters which provides more information about how you can book a place and the restrictions we must follow.…

Survey of church life since the start of lockdown and the way ahead

The Covid 19 Futures Group, appointed by the PCC, would like to capture your views about your prayer life, Sunday worship, church life and fellowship to help us discern God’s plan for the way ahead. They would really appreciate you taking the time to complete an online survey. See link below Please note the closing date for the survey is 28th August Please click on the link below to follow the instructions for the survey and to help explain the…

Citizens Advice Vacancies

Citizens Advice are advertising two posts which are crucial to Citizens Advice being able to meet local demand for our advice in coming months. Please click below for links to the two job descriptions and ways to apply.  The closing date is 3rd August so not much time to get applications in. Volunteering and Training Manager Advert Advice Service Manager advert

Fairtrade Face Masks

Now we will need to be wearing face coverings when shopping I’m very pleased to announce that I am selling Traidcraft Face masks, at £4 each. My sister and brother in law kindly modelled them for me and my first order was bought almost entirely by my family. I’ve got a new supply due any day now so get in touch soon to avoid disappointment. They are double layered washable cotton with an opening for a 3rd filter layer, such…

Coming Back To Church – please fill in this short survey

We are looking in to the safety and practicalities of opening our church buildings for public worship and would very much value your responses to two very simple questions which are included in this survey. Please click the link, read the information and respond to the questions. Then submit the form. Thank you – it will be most helpful as we take the next steps. Coming Back To Church short survey

Traidcraft – Bargains to be had!

As lock down restrictions ease you may be looking forward to inviting friends into your garden for a catch up. I’ve got some Fairtrade Half Price Offers to help you give your guests a treat! Fruit and Oat Cookies, now only £1 ( best before 14th July) Stem Ginger Cookies, now only £1 ( best before 4th August) FairBreak Chocolate Chip Cookies, now only 60p (best before 27th August) Medium Roast Freeze Dried Coffee, now only £2.30 ( best before…

Job Advert – Alton Foodbank Manager

The Alton Foodbank is seeking to recruit a foodbank manager for 14 hours a week on a permanent contract. Please see the attached job description/service spec for further details. If you would like to apply  then please complete the attached application form & return it by 5pm Friday 3rd July by email to: trustees@alton.foodbank.org.uk. It is anticipated that interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 13th July. Informal enquiries welcome – please contact Ian Dane (foodbank manager) on tel: 07768 711679…