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We are a group of ten beautiful Churches (eight parishes), but ONE BODY building God's Kingdom here in Mid Trent. Part of the Diocese of Lichfield, within the Church of England, we try to make our services as welcoming and friendly as possible.
Our Team covers the Staffordshire villages of Burston,  Fradswell,  Gayton,  Hixon,  Hopton,    Milwich,  Salt,  Sandon,  Stowe by Chartley and  Weston.
With inspired leaders and ten Churches to choose from, each with their own identity and character, there has to be one that appeals to you.
Why not take a look at what we have to offer by clicking on each of the pictures below.

From our Team Curate.
Valentine Day is behind us, but all those red roses make me look at my beautiful scrub rose bushes in the garden. They are the most beautiful sight in the summer - a mass of pink roses which smell divine!  However, at this time of year they present my two least favourite jobs in the garden - pruning them and putting manure under them. I have never seen such thorny stems on any other rose bush! I put on old trousers, a thick long-sleeved coat and my so-called thorn proof glovesand grasp the nettle (or rather avoid grasping the thorns!!). I never get away without several painful fingers!
Lent is a bit like that. We want to get to that glorious relationship with Jesus on Easter Sunday, but to do that we must first cut away some of our bad habits. We need to recognise the things that are clogging us up, preventing us from getting closer to the happiness of feeling right before God, and with ourselves.
It helps to put down our phones, switch off the box set, and spend some time thinking about who we are and where we are going. Jesus can help with this process.
How about trying some nourishment-rather like the fertiliser I feed my roses! Like manure, it is not comfortable: not as easy as watching a boxset or as enticing as dipping into Facebook. It takes a bit of effort.
Why not do this together by joining my Lent course? I am running a 5 - week course on the first five Monday evenings in Lent and everyone is very welcome! Don't worry if you can't make them all. Just come to those you can.
If you cannot make that course, why not work on your own at home. You could use the Lent course devised by Embrace, a charity supporting poverty and disadvantaged people in the troubled countries of the middle east.
This course is one which you can access at home by downloading the booklet from the website at www.embraceme.org/embrace-resources-lent-2019. For ease, we have put the link on our website for you. This course "Living Fruitfully", based on the Fruits of the Spirit, has a section each week of bible study, reflection, inspiring stories, prayer and active prayer (such as colouring or lighting a candle) which some people find to be a helpful way to prayer. If you don't have access to the internet and want a copy, please ring me on 01889 271046 and I will print one for you.
For those of you doing this at home, it might be fun to set up a WhatsApp group to discuss this each week. Again, if you would like to be part of this just ring or email me on cvstarkie@aol.com.
Whatever you do this Lent, I hope it leads to a fruitful year, with less prickly thorns and more beautiful fragrant roses in your life!
Blessings.
Vivienne
Revd Vivienne Starkie
Curate


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER


More than 30 people attended our Team service for World Day of Prayer held on Friday 1st March at All Saints' Sandon. The service, written by women in Slovenia, was both thought provoking and entertaining. It was on a theme of Come - the Feast is Ready!  Our participants were seated around a table laid for a meal.  Members of the congregation were each given a paper carnation to take home and we even had a flock of Slovenian sheep displayed on the lady altar! After the service, people enjoyed home-made Slovenian Honey biscuits with their coffee.
Thank you to everyone who came along and to those who contributed to making the evening such a success.


Daring to see God now !     A 5 week Lent course  
 Join us in an ecumenical course exploring the bible with the help of a written course booklet and listen to a CD arguing different ways of looking at it. This can lead to lively discussion within our group which will help you on your journey through Lent to Easter.
The course is led by Rev Vivienne Starkie at 3, Old School Close, Weston. ST18 0HF on 5 consecutive Mondays:
Monday 11th March 7.30pm
Monday 18th March 7.30pm
Monday 25th March
No meeting
Monday 1st April 7.30pm
Monday 8th April 7.30pm
Monday 15th April 7.30pm
 'This is a course that helps people to articulate their fears in a way that might deepen their faith and their attitudes to the world around them. It is designed to help people dare to see God in their own lives and those around them…..There are good questions to be asked - Do you feel loved by God? Does Jesus always deliver what you expect? And more. '(Review in RCA by Revd Christopher Wardale, Winter 2018)

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