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Welcome Party for Drew

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Please Welcome Drew - our new Curate

Hi everyone, my name is Drew Walker and in July 2017 I look forward to joining the United Benefice of All Saints’ Standon, St Mary’s Swynnerton & Cotes Heath and St Luke’s Tittensor as your curate.
    
A little bit about myself. I was born in Liverpool, but have lived in Cheshire most of my life. I’m married to Jules, and we have 4 adult children, Josh, Thom, Amy & Matt (pictured below with Josh’s fiancé Beatrix too). Our children are in a contemporary Christian worship band, which means our home is never quiet. We love to share God’s word through music and encourage others to do the same.
    
I first felt God’s nudging over 20 years ago, but ignored this for many years. In 2008 after many years working within the commercial flooring industry I felt it was time to stop and listen to God properly. I went to Liverpool Hope University as a ‘mature’ Theology and Religious Studies student and as part of my studies completed an extended placement within a prison setting. This was a time of huge growth for me personally and I spent over 7 years continuing to volunteer in the Chaplaincy teams within several prisons in the North West. I have a massive heart for hurting people and restorative justice, for people who might be seen in society as ‘the least, the lost and the broken’ and believe in second chances.
    
I have only a few indulgences, proper coffee and a small dram of Scottish water now and again. I can often be found being exercised by my two dogs across Cheshire fields, enjoy reading, listening to all types of music and laughing, lots.

I look forward to meeting you all very soon.
    

Good Friday Walk of Witness

This year's Walk of Witness was around Tittensor village.  After a short service in St Luke's, members of the church carried the cross around the houses, before returning to the church hall for tea and hot-cross buns.
  1. First stop on the walk
    First stop on the walk
  2. Getting ready for our first song
    Getting ready for our first song
  3. Second stop
    Second stop
  4. The crosses outside the Post Office
    The crosses outside the Post Office
  5. Making our way back
    Making our way back
  6. Gathering at the crosses
    Gathering at the crosses
  7. Barbara pouring the teas
    Barbara pouring the teas
  8. Back to the church hall for hot-cross buns
    Back to the church hall for hot-cross buns
  9. Lots of conversations going on
    Lots of conversations going on

Lent Lunch

Members of St Luke's gathering for a Lent Lunch in the Church Hall.
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Rock Solid Pancakes

Pancake night at Rock Solid in St Mary's church hall, and it looks like they are enjoying them.

Rock Solid is a Christian youth group for any children between the ages of 8 years (year 4), to 13 years (year 8). 

Rock Solid is on Tuesdays (term time only), 6.30pm -8pm at St Mary's church hall, Swynnerton.


Lots of fun, play lots of games and it's free!!!! 


For more information about Rock Solid, call Revd Stephen McKenzie on 01782 796564.

The InnRingers

The InnRingers came to St. Luke’s on Sunday 27th November to entertain the audience with a varied programme of handbell ringing including a wonderful rendition of ‘Walking in the air’.

They rehearse every Monday evening at St. Luke’s Church hall and would be pleased to welcome any new ringers. 

Please contact Paul Graetz 01782 372356.

St Luke's receives GOLD Award for churchyard


On Saturday 19th November, St. Luke’s received a Gold Award in the Churchyard Awards 2016.

Only ten churches in Lichfield Diocese received a Gold Award this year. We also won a Nature-Friendly Award.


John Skinner is seen receiving the awards at the ceremony.


Operation Christmas Child

On Tuesday 15th November children and parents from Tittensor First School came to St. Luke’s for their Morning Worship. As part of the service Dr Paul was able to bless all of the shoeboxes which have been prepared over the last few weeks to send to Operation Christmas Child. 

Ninety seven boxes have been filled by members of the Mothers’ Union, Thursday morning Coffeeshop, the congregation at St. Luke’s as well as the children and staff from Tittensor First School. The boxes are now on their way to children in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa often living in dire poverty. 

We give our thanks to those who have organised the operation at this end and pray for the children who will receive these gifts.
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    Operation Christmas Child
    Ninety-seven boxes have been filled.

Victorian Market

Members of St Luke's church recently held a Victorian Market in Tittensor Village hall.   Lots of visitors cames to buy their homemade cakes and preserves, play tombola, and enjoy many more stalls to raise money for the work of St Luke's.
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The stall holders dressed in costume for our Victorian fair which has raised £935
so far.  The heirlooms and collectibles tables were a new addition this year; they contained many different items from watches to glassware.

Harvest Lunch

A feast of fellowship, food and fun at Tittensor village hall. St Luke's congregation celebrated Harvest with a meal on Sunday 16th October, and a lovely time was had by all. We give thanks to all those who made this event so enjoyable.  Thank you Lord, Amen.
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Meet the new Bishop of Lichfield

Read Bishop Michael's blog on the Diocessan website - click here
Alpha Course
Alpha is a short course which explores the basics of the Christian faith. Over 8 to 10 weeks we explore different questions that people can have about Christian faith in an open, informal and honest space. We have run Alpha in our local pubs and more recently sharing food and a BBQ with the group seen here. Anyone is welcome to join us when we next run the course. 
Hannah was part of the Alpha Course.  Here's what she has to say.  

"The Alpha course ran over a series of 9 weeks from 22nd January 2016 to 19th March 2016.  We met at the Goodwin's house in Beech.  Each session was designed to explore the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions.  The topics included "who is Jesus?", "why did Jesus die?" and "how can I resist evil?" to name just a few.  The sessions were well attended and since the course has finished the group continues to meet on a monthly basis." 

Overseas Mission and The Two Saints Way


St Luke’s church supports three overseas mission charities and hold a fundraising fair each autumn the proceeds from which, usually about £1500 are split between the three. 
Two church members are actively involved with one of these charities “Door of Hope” and travel throughout the world on their behalf. They have also led a small group from the church on a mission trip to Bulgaria in the past.


Two other church members are involved with “Impact Asia Ministries” and travel to India with the charity. We also support the Christian Aid appeal each year and one of our members takes part in the Annual local Christian Aid walk.

Two members are involved with the Diocesan World Mission Group and travel regularly to our companion diocese of Qu’Appelle in Canada.

One of our members is also involved as local co-ordinator for the “Two Saints Way” pilgrimage project.