Ecochurch LogoCommunity and Global Engagement

Many opportunities for community engagement such as lunch club and village litter picks disappeared with COVID although others occurred including helping with the Milton COVID Support Group. Members of the congregation volunteer on local conservation projects. 

Whereas we support overseas mission we have not to date as a church supported overseas environmental projects financially or in prayer apart from twinning our toilets.

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Lifestyle

Ecotips in Church News have encouraged readers to think about the effect of their lifestyle on the environment including limiting plastics. The new cycle rack enables those who cycle to church to leave their bikes safely.

 

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Members of the team have been asking questions of the churchwardens, administrators, and others to find out what is being done to limit the environmental impact of the church buildings including the church, church hall, office and rectory.  

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The church is a listed building which limits what can be done to insulate the building. However it does have low energy lighting.

The church hall is double glazed and has some insulation. Users are reminded to switch off lights and take other energy saving steps.

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The rectory is a fairly modern building with double glazing, loft insulation and low energy lighting.

 

 Members of the Ecochurch and gardening teams have been working together to start monitoring the wildlife in the churchyard and devise a management plan which takes into account the needs of people while encouraging wildlife. Bees regularly visit the wild flowers which have been left to bloom and a young grass snake has been seen.

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Ecochurch LogoWorship and Teaching

The church has a long history of celebrating harvest and occasionally using worship songs celebrating God’s creation. Since starting on the Ecochurch journey environmental issues have featured more in services including a Climate Sunday service in September 2021 linked to COP 26.

 

 

COP 26 - the UN Climate Conference

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In the run up to the conference held in Glasgow last year the church held a Climate Sunday service, prayed for the leaders attending, set up a prayer room using material from Tearfund to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on different communities and encourage prayer for affected populations.

We also wrote to as many individual world leaders as possible urging them to agree an approach, which would address the climate issues by reducing carbon dioxide in the air to 1990's levels.  In the end we wrote to 118 of 232 leaders identified including a variety of people such as Prince Charles and the Pope and had replies from 14.  Unfortunately, most of the replies were along the lines of "We take climate change seriously." which is good but there was no commitment to doing anything concrete.  The most hopeful reply was from Justin Welby, who has since formed a climate alliance with other religious groups and initiated a campaign to make the church of England carbon neutral by 2030.  We don't pretend that our writing to him affected any of this in any way, but it certainly won't have hurt.

 

COP 15- the UN Biodiversity Conference

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The week before this conference, one of our members outlined the importance of protecting biodiversity during a service and asked for prayers that the delegates would reach agreement and their governments would abide by promises made.

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Ecochurch is A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. Bishop Usher, the Anglican lead bishop for climate and the environment in a recent talk encouraged churches to take part in the scheme, not as an end in itself but, as a focus. At All Saints we started the process in 2020 registering the church and starting the survey which is in five parts: Worship and Teaching, Buildings, Land, Community and Global Engagement, and Lifestyle. Since then a small team has been looking at what the church is doing in these areas and in May 2022 achieved the standard for the Ecochurch Bronze Award.

To find out more follow the links below

EcoChurch - Worship & Teaching aspects

EcoChurch - Church Buildings & Land

EcoChurch - Community & Global Engagement

 

More information about Ecochurch is at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

 

foodbank

Sadly, the need for foodbanks is increasing and yet there is a growing concern around food donations and ensuring we have enough to go around all of the centres plus the two Fairbite shops.
One of the reasons the food bank thinks the volume of food donations has dipped is due to more and more people doing their weekly shop online post-lockdown.

Therefore, Cambridge City Foodbank is now listed on Bankuet, a website which enables people to make a monetary donation online, selecting their local Foodbank, and the organisation then buys and delivers our most-needed items direct to us. We hope to see the positive impact of this initiative over the next few weeks and months. Alternatively this can be done via the Foodbank website here

All Saints Milton also continues to collect items for the foodbank and these are taken every fortnight by our volunteers. The collection point is in our church porch and is always there so any donations can be dropped off at any time. The foodbank accepts donations of food, drinks, toiletries, nappies, laundry and household cleaning items (they can not accept baby milk, bottled water or alcohol)

Cambridge Foodbank are currently out of stock of – Rice Pudding, Juice/squash, oil, jam, noddles, ‘Pasta ‘n Sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, sugar, salt and pepper, soap.

If anyone is in need of help from the Foodbank they can contact the church as we are able to give vouchers or the foodbank direct on 07772 538628

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Youth Worker:

  • to build on the excellent work of previous employees and respond spontaneously to opportunities to draw young people into the life of the church in a fun, creative and passionate manner
  • to develop and deliver a strategic vision for youth ministry and discipleship for 11-18-year-olds at All Saints', Milton.
  • to welcome, enable and recognise the value of everyone and the unique gifts they bring to God's kingdom.
  • to develop and foster collaborative working with church youth work in local villages and other youth work provision.

You will have a vibrant and active Christian faith, and be a person of both prayer and action who is able to share their faith with all.

For full details of the role and an application form, please see the links below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Informal enquiries are welcome, please phone 01223 667368 or email as above with your contact details and we will be in touch. All Saints' Milton is a lively, welcoming and varied Church community, seeking to reach the community of Milton with the Good News about Jesus.

The Parish of All Saints' Milton is committed to safeguarding all those who attend the worship and other activities that we offer. Any offer of appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

St John's Waterbeach and All Saints' Landbeach have invited All Saints' Milton friends to join them for their Lent Course this year. Can I please commend this to you, as we have not yet engaged with the 'Living in Love and Faith' materials, and this is a good opportunity for us to do so. It is particularly helpful that Dr Eeva John, Enabling Officer for LLF for the Church of England (and a member of St John's), has kindly agreed to facilitate the first session on 8th march.

This Lent, we are offering the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) course produced by the Church of England. The five session course begins on Tuesday 8th March and concludes on Tuesday 5th April. All sessions are on a Tuesday in the Church, 7.45 - 9.15pm, and I’ll provide details of the course materials and sign up shortly. 

The purpose of this course is to enable us as Christian communities in Landbeach and Waterbeach to participate in a process of learning and praying together as part of discerning a way forward in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Dr Eeva John, a member of St John’s, and the Enabling Officer for LLF for the Church of England, has kindly agreed to facilitate the first session on 8th march. 

The five sessions are as follows:

Session 1, March 8th. Learning Together: What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ? 

Session 2 , March 15th Identity: How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender? 

Session 3, March 22nd Relationships: What kinds of relationships does God call us to? 

Session 4, March 29th.  Sex: Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this? 

Session 5, April 5th.  Life together: How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?

This promises to be a great opportunity for active listening and energising discussion, and I look forward to your valued participation. 

Please register your planned attendance with Katy Astley (via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  by 28 February. The accompanying book costs £5; we prefer that payment is made online or using the wave and pay machine. The Treasurer has set up a link here https://pay.sumup.io/b2c/QYFVAMPJ which is the easiest and simplest way to pay.

Please pass cash or cheques (to Waterbeach PCC) to Katy or Paul. 

 

Best wishes,

Paul 

Sender: The Rev'd Paul Butler

St John's Waterbeach

All Saints Landbeach

The Vicarage
8 Chapel Street

Waterbeach
Cambridge
CB25 9HR

07903 904599

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Easter Posters Wanted

As Easter approaches and it would be really good to invite other people in the village to join us for our Easter services.

One way we can do this is by designing posters to put up around Milton. So, this is an invitation to you all, whatever your age to be creative and design an imaginative A 4 poster using whatever medium you like. Work individually or with others.

Make sure that the name of our church, the postal address and the website are visible on the poster. 

Our Easter message is that Jesus is alive so let's focus upon empty tombs rather than Easter eggs and spring flowers rather than Easter bunnies.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what you can all do.

Please send your finished posters to me by Sunday 6th March 2022.

Many thanks,

Jackie

Curate

All Saints Milton

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Some of you will remember Don Humphries, who attended All Saints Milton with his daughters Naomi and Abigail from 1994-2007. He was an honorary curate here, having retired from his role as vicar of Holy Trinity Church Cambridge after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

On October 3rd, Naomi is running the London Marathon in his memory to raise much needed funds for Parkinson’s UK. If you would like to sponsor her, you can do so at this link: London Marathon.

 She would also love prayers for strength for what is an enormous challenge for her and says 'I would love anyone who does remember Dad to perhaps think of him on the day - it would spur me on to know he was being remembered by his friends around the country'

In the lockdown running up to last Christmas I regularly offered daily prayer (Monday to Friday) in the church. I would like to do so again, starting on Monday 6 September 2021 at 9.00, after the school drop off. I will be using the Church of England service for the day. Please do pass on any requests for prayer that you might have and come and join me if you are able.

Jackie Metcalfe