Beat the winter blues…

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Tired of the snow already? Well, maybe you can enjoy the ocean vicariously through our family. We attend St. Andrews Church in Chinnor and are very involved with A Rocha.

Our family Bob, Cindy, Bobby (12), Sarah (10), Heather (9), and Matthew (6) have been working towards a volunteer trip to Kenya where we are presently. Bob is helping A Rocha Kenya develop a marine conservation programme and A Rocha more broadly to think theologically about the ocean.

You can follow our trip on robertdsluka.blogspot.com and the marine programme at arocha.org/ke-en/work/research/marine.html. Check out our faith section which has a downloadable inductive Bible study and other resources to help you think about your faith and the ocean. Maybe it will help beat the winter blues!

2013: A year of food – Food Matters

Food Matters is a new project from the Diocese of Oxford to help churches reconnect with the seasons, celebrate festivals, and explore global and local food related themes.

Food Matters starts with a launch event from 7.30pm on 24 January in Oxford when four exceptional people – Roy Lambourne (farmer and agricultural consultant); Mike Rayner (priest and public health expert); Ruth Valerio (theologian, author and activist); and Paul Valentin (international director of Christian Aid) will speak about “What Food Means to Me.”

Please do join us for this event – details and registration at: www.foodmatters.org.uk/launch-event/

We’re also asking people to share what food means to them as Christians. See what others have said and add your thoughts on the Food Matters website at: www.foodmatters.org.uk/what-does-food-mean-to-you/

Join the Food Matters mailing list to receive an email about the first Food Matters resource at the end of January called “Preparing the Ground” and focussed on winter. Three further resources will follow in the year –  ideas for celebrating festivals and with opportunities to reflect; to pray; to “grow your own”; to share local and global stories; and to take action for a fairer food system for all.

Find out more and join the Food Matters mailing list at www.foodmatters.org.uk.

 

Climate Week – 4-10 March 2013

Climate Week is a national campaign to inspire action on climate change. It culminates with thousands of events and activities taking place throughout the week of 4 to 10 March 2013, planned by organisations from every part of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.

Shrinking the Footprint, the  Church of England’s national environment campaign, is supporting Climate Week 2013, and are calling congregations to take part on Sunday 10th March as part of their weekly worship. Here is how you can get involved:

  • Walk, bike, or car-share to worship – Encourage everyone to use alternative transport to get to your Sunday service.
  • Climate Week Swap – Hold an exchange event where everyone brings items such as clothes, books or children’s toys that they no longer want to trade for others.
  • Bubble & Squeak – Pass around a recipe from the Climate Week website for a low-carbon Sunday meal.
  • Green Roundtable – Arrange a discussion for members to talk about ways to lower your church’s carbon footprint

For details of how to run a Climate Week Swap and be part of Climate Week 2013 – visit www.climateweek.com, email info@climateweek.com or telephone on 020 3397 2601.