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BARNABAS FUND IN NORTH WALES
Voluntary speaker available to speak on behalf of Barnabas in churches, Christian groups etc in this part of the country.
The Fund was established in 1993 for the sole purpose of supporting persecuted Christians across the world. It has partners in 50 different countries managing 160 projects.
Contact: Terry Jacobs [01745 331808] preferably by email:
terry.jacobs@hotmail.co.uk



SCHOOLS OPPORTUNITIES

Years 5 and 6 in the Primary Schools (ages 10 and 11) are a very critical time for these young people.
At this stage they are old enough to understand life's important issues but haven't yet been subjected
to much of the ungodly teaching which comes at the secondary level.

The Bible Explorer programme (a branch of Walk Through the Bible www.bible.org.uk) is especially designed to reach this age group and has been taught in many of the primary schools of Ynys Mon for the past 12 years. There are still, however, many schools which have not been given the opportunity because there is a need for more BX presenters. Margaret Evans is a qualified Bible Explorer (BX) Presenter and has been approved by Head Office to train others. If would like to know more about becoming a BX presenter please contact Margaret (details below) and she will provide you with more information. You do not need to be a qualified teacher and training will be given. There is also a lot of support available to help you get started.

The following has been extracted from the website:
  • Bible Explorer is an educational programme taught exclusively to children in the final 2 years of primary school.
  • It's a series of five one hour lessons for the Old Testament and five one hour lessons for the New Testament.
  • We locate the major geographical movements of all the key characters, and make them memorable.
  • The aim of Bible Explorer is to teach children the storyline of the Bible - the big picture.
  • Bible Explorer is non-denominational, non-confessional and non-conversionary.
  • Using storytelling, drama, videos, multi-media and more ensures that all learning types (audio, visual and kinaesthetic) can connect.
  • Our unique keywords and handsigns help everyone remember the storyline.
  • Above all Bible Explorer is FUN, it gets children excited about the most amazing book of all time.

What are people saying about it?

The teachers say...

Brilliant! A vivid way to explore the Old Testament. The pupils really enjoy learning in such a lively and varied way. A definite highlight in the year 5 curriculum
I think all the schools in the area should take part in Bible Explorer
One of our pupils has a four second attention span and he is so engaged, he manages to remain in the lessons

The pupils say...

I never realised how much fun the Bible could be! It was all really fun! The stories were fantastic! I'll always remember them
It was the best 5 lessons of RE I've ever had in my life!

Contact: Margaret Evans 07881 504670



"THUMBS UP FOR SYRIA" CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY

Sending love to our Syrian friends

Print out the ‘Thumbs up for Syria!’ poster - www.tearfund.org/~/media/Files/Main%20Site/Prayer/Syria/SENDING%20LOVE%20TO%20SYRIA.pdf
The children in your group can then put their thumbprints on the poster to show that they are praying for children like Basimah
They might like to write their name and age under their thumbprint
Then send the poster back to us at Tearfund, and we will pass it on to Syrian refugee children to let them know you care
Contact: Tearfund 0845 355 8355
100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE



BRF (BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP) IN NORTH WALES

I am the appointed voluntary rep for BRF.  My job is to promote their books, projects and Bible Reading notes in North Wales.  I am looking for opportunities to display material at conferences etc. and talk to groups, especially in February and March

Contact: Anne Jackson 01248 810050 / Brookfield, Llanddona, Ynys Mon, LL58 8TS

froni.jackson@virgin.net




BARDSEY ISLAND TRUST'S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE COMMITTEE
They are looking for additional members; meets about 4 times a year
Contact: Margaret 01766 890550



I’m Not Going To Church Anymore

That’s right. That was no typo. I’m not going to church.

Why?

You might think that’s a selfish thing to do. And actually, that’s it exactly - selfishness. Because that’s what church can become.

Think about it: why do you go to church? Do you go for what you can get… or what you can give?  

I’ve been guilty many times of going for what I can get out of it. I hope the service helps me. I hope they sing my favorite song. I hope the message blesses me. I hope someone encourages me.

It becomes something for me. My needs, my feelings, my preferences. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe God is concerned with meeting our needs, but that should not be my only purpose in going to church. Church is about far more than me. And it’s not just about what God can do for me- it’s about what I can do for God.

So I’ve decided I’m not going to “church”- I’m going to worship. I’ve decided not to go to “church”- I’m going to serve. (Isn’t that why it’s called a “service”? Maybe we’ve turned it into a serve-us…)

What if we stopped going to church consumed with our needs (God will take care of them anyway), and started going consumed with the needs of others? What if we stopped going for what we could get, and started going for what we could give? What if we stopped going to church to fulfill an obligation, and started going to express a passion? What if we stopped going to church to sing about God, and started going to sing to Him?

I think it would transform our lives. And I think it would transform our churches.

So I’m not going to church anymore. I’m going to worship.

How about you?

Joshua M Hood



THE GREEN THING
In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go to the local shops.
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Yorkshire.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from the tap when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got blunt.
But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.



SUSTAINABLE ENERGY GUIDE FOR OLDER CHURCH AND CHAPEL BUILDINGS IN WALES

As part of an EU funded project that I am working on, I have formulated the guide on the options for sustainable energy solutions for poorly insulated and intermittently occupied older church and chapel buildings. It comes about following surveys of several church and chapel buildings over the last few months and have been struck by a "now" opportunity for many of those that were built or refurbished in the 19th century. The model for the area where the pews are situated is that this was a suspended timber floor. These are very often drawing to the end of their life and in need of replacement. This represents a once in a century opportunity to lay an underfloor heating system (which then allows a couple of lower carbon options to be installed) and keep people's feet warm! These low carbon options will soon be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The Guide is attached at the foot of this page.

Please feel free to circulate this to as many Church and Chapel building custodians as possible, and please inform the contact below of the approximate number that you have forwarded it to.

Contact: Andy Bull
Head of Innovation, Severn Wye Energy Agency Ltd
01982 551006 or 07966 491819



SOLAR THERMAL PANELS: HOT WATER FROM THE SUN, WORTH CONSIDERATION!

For over a year we (Revd Stuart Elliott and his family) have been enjoying the benefits of Solar Thermal panels. These are panels which heat water from the sun. The heated water is stored in a tank, and due to high levels of insulation, stays hot! Through the past year we have not needed to heat our water via other means at all for about 6 ½ months of the year saving a great deal of money which would have been spent on oil, an expensive commodity. Owing to this, and to the use of a Log Burner in the living room, we estimate that, (with conservative use) we should only use around 200-300 litres of oil a year to heat the rest of the vicarage. The only way we could improve our system would be to plumb the log burner into the hot water tank as well, thereby eliminating the use of oil for hot water altogether! The savings with the use of this system have the potential to be great, not only for vicarages, but also for halls and community buildings, even churches. It is possible to link such a system to under-floor heating. Grants are also available in certain circumstances. If this sounds interesting, or you might like to talk over the benefits you can discuss this with Stuart Elliott 01745 888797 or with Dewi Thomas 01745 532586. The sun's energy is there for the taking - and so are the savings!!




BEACON BOOKS, LLANDUDNO

Beacon Books is now registered as part of the Crown Books retail chain.  This means that if you go to www.crownbooks.co.uk, click on "Store Finder"
then "Beacon Books Llandudno", then "Click here to register" and enter your details, then they will receive a percentage of anything you purchase through this website. It is also a good way of searching for a particular book, knowing that they can normally have it in stock within 24 hours if ordered before 3.30 Monday to Thursday
Obviously they would prefer you pick up the phone, or visit and get it directly from them, but if that is not possible then for those items you are desperately in need of, this is an excellent alternative
Your continued commitment will be greatly appreciated

Contact: Pam Kirkham or Marian Whitaker (Kingdom Krafts/Beacon Books) 01492 877995

kingdom@krafts.fsworld.co.uk


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Mark Russell,
22 Aug 2011, 07:06
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