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Terrible explosion in Beirut

The aftermath of blast at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut

I’m sure we were all shocked by the terrible explosion in Beirut, and Embrace the Middle East has contacted me with an emergency appeal for support for that community. I’m sure there will be other aid organisations appealing too, so do respond if you’re able. This is the EME donation link – https://www.embraceme.org/news/news-beirut-explosion

 

I’m glad to be back in church – even if there’s hand sanitiser instead of holy water – Click the link below to read the article.

 

News from Holy Trinity

Now the church is open regularly for worship the private prayer evenings have ceased.

Easter Tea Party

Our congregation enjoyed a virtual Easter Tea Party and you can read the report of this by clicking on the link below.

Holy Trinity Easter Tea Party Sunday 19th April

News form the Church of England and more – click on the links below.

Primary school pupils given targeted mental health assistance in pilot church project

Children of all age groups are receiving mental health support after churches came together to provide counselling services in schools.  Click the link below to learn more.

Primary School Children’s Mental Health

Church supports young people’s mental health at schools and places of worship during lockdown

Children and young peoples’ mental health has been supported by a ground-breaking, large-scale project from the Diocese of Manchester. Click the link below to find out more.

Church supports younger peoples mental health

COVID-19 survivor says Daily HOPE line “strengthened me”

Daily HOPE, the free 24-hour worship phoneline launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby on 26 April, has received more than 170,000 calls, totalling more than two million minutes of listen time.  To find out more click on the link below.

Covid 19 Survivor used daily hope line

Church Times
Further coverage of the launch of a new app by the Clewer Initiative (see news) which aims to tackle labour exploitation and eradicate modern slavery in the farming sector. The project has been supported by the Church Commissioners and other high profile bodies.  For more information click on the link below.

Tackling labour exploitation

BBC Countryfile
Feature on the work of the Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy, an initiative of the Diocese of Hereford and the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit, which provides pastoral support to farmers, farming families and agricultural communities across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Eastern Powys.

Feature on BBC Countryfile

Faith leaders make call for environment-focused economic recovery

Environmental News

First online prison church service to be broadcast by Church of England

First online prison church service

Cat broadcast during online prayer service stealing vicar´s milk

Stealing vicar’s milk

St Albans Cathedral

The Great Survivor Tour

Walk the outline of St Albans Cathedral in the company of one of our experienced guides.

Stand on the hillside where Alban, Britain’s First Saint, was martyred and discover how Alban’s church has survived revolt, collapse and decay.

Hear the stories of the communities and people who have loved and saved it over the centuries – monks, martyrs, parishioners, Victorian restorers, royals and archbishops.

Click the link below to see how the Cathedral continues to grow and change into the 21st century.

The Great Survivor

Cathedral’s black Jesus is a ‘bold statement’  BBC News

Black Lives Matter