Events and Activities
Lent Course for Our Community 2021
This year our Lent Course explored the concept of the Desert or Wilderness, contemplation and silence within our spiritual lives. We led the course online, with notes and links to websites, music and reading available to people who weren’t connected to the internet.
In 2022 we hope to get back to having our Lent Course face to face, but we will continue to encourage involvement from those who are stuck at home by using online calls too.
GROUPS AND EVENTS NOT AT SPB CHURCHES
Maddington Church Room
We are blessed to have a Church Hall within our parish. Maddington Church Room, also known as ‘The MCR’ or ‘The Scout Hut’ was part of the parish of Maddington, St Mary, and passed into our care when that church was closed. It has been home to the St Mary’s Shrewton Scout Group for around 30 years, and also hosts many other local events as well as church meetings, and private parties. In the summer months the mobile library parks in the MCR car park and locals can come and browse books as well as enjoying a ‘Library Tea’; light refreshment, the exchange of local produce and the chance to sit in the sun for a while and catch up with friends.
We enjoy working together with members of other church communities, especially our friends from Shrewton Methodist Church, and the Plain Church Community (and GUL) who are also based in Shrewton. Between us we work together to share projects and activities together, worshipping together when we can, and enjoying social events too. We have become a small ‘hub’ for the Trussell Trust which means we are able to refer people for food parcels in case of need in our villages.
Involvement in our Schools
We have two church schools in the parish, and an independent school, Appleford. Members of the church community spend time with the pupils and staff in each establishment, whether offering support in learning, reading with pupils, accompanying trips etc., or in governance, delivery of RE, and leading Collective worship. We also enjoy hosting each school in our churches when they are doing a project, or simply want to come and worship with us. Highlights in 2019 were spending time with Year 6 leavers from our Church schools, and hosting numerous Harvest Festivals! In 2020 and into 2021 we moved our support online, providing weekly recorded acts of Collective Worship, helping with pastoral matters, hosting RE lessons outside, and creating our first ever Do It Yourself At Home Christingle service! We love the fact that in spite of nearly two academic years out of the buildings, the children still greet us by name when they see us in the street…