From Sheenagh Burrell, ALMA Co-ordinator
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The second half of January and the first of February have felt like a living through a verse from Ecclesiastes 3. It has been a time of great rejoicing: the foundation stone was laid at the T3 Bernard Mizeki church in Lebombo; Priests have been ordained in Angola (including the first female priest) and Lebombo; the Provincial Synod has approved the next phase of the multiplication of the Mozambican dioceses but at the same time the church has been battered, quite literally, by a succession of tropical storms and cyclones.
Tropical Depression Dando, Tropical Cyclone Funso and Cyclone Giovanna have wreaked havoc on all coastal areas. Dando affected Maciene where the school rood was blown away and filled in some of the new foundations at T3; Funso caused widespread flooding in Zambezia in the north, and Giovanna caused flooding and power surges in the south. Please pray for our partners as they respond to this devastation.
You may like reflect on the impact of Climate Change by reading and signing the Ash Wednesday Declaration by Operation Noah and hold this alongside our Lent Appeal ‘Giving Ministry Wheels’ also launched today.
Wednesday 22 February Ash Wednesday. Launch of our Lent Appeal ‘GIVING MINSTRY WHEELS’.
Tuesdays 28 February to 27 March. Lent Lunches at St Mary’s Stoke Newington. A lunch of homemade soup, bread, cheese & biscuits will be served from 12.30 - 2.00pm. All donations will go to the lent appeal.
Sunday 11 March. Fairtrade Diocese Celebration Service at St Paul’s Cathedral 6 pm. All Welcome – a fairtrade nut producer from Malawi will be speaking.
Saturday 17 March 1.30 - 5 pm Route around the World at St George’s Church Bloomsbury part of Climate Week – Climate action for resilience, renewal and hope. A very relevant topic for all ALMA Reps and Friends. Come and hear how communities around the globe suffering from environmental stress and disaster are gaining resilience and building a better future.
|13:30||Church Doors open (Refreshments: Upper Vestry Hall)|
|14:05||Keynote - The Rt Rev Peter Wheatley, Bishop of Edmonton|
|14:25||Help where it hurts - Stephanie Hubbard, Christian Aid|
|15:30||Water, water everywhere? Tales from Peru - Daniel Hale, Progressio|
|16:05||Rio Earth Summits Legacy from 1992, Prospectus for 2012 - Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, Earth Charter UK|
|16:30||Conclusion and networking|
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NB: MANNA AGM in September is just Bishop Mark Van Koevering, no Helen this time.
We began our work with a lively discussion facilitated by Bishop Brian Germond around the topic of creatively thinking outside of the box. We re-examined some of the mission opportunities God provides us, and the recent proposals of multiplication coming from the dioceses of Mozambique challenged us to think again on how we might respond to the fresh manifestation of the Spirit of God in our midst. We were challenged to take imaginative and courageous action that might include alternative models of ministry, mission and episcopal oversight. We agreed that we must willingly take risks, in faith.
The Archbishop supported a call from the Dean of the Province that each diocese should send a further two students for training at the College of the Transfiguration. The Bishops agreed to consider this request seriously, and act upon it.
At the ALEMO (Association for Leprosy Affected People in Mozambique) centre in Pemba there are provisions for income generation, such as tailoring and a shoe smith's room. There is a grain mill, pottery making room and area for basket weaving. In addition, they also hold self-care groups and the Government has an area on the ALEMO premises which are used for teaching. Some people from the ALEMO centre use these facilities. Read Ernesto and Fatima’s Story
There is more on the three stories above, and some pictures, on a recent news page.
Many from the Diocese are involved as part of a flood relief mission to Zambezia and Shire. Remember Rebecca, Mario, Rosa, Padre David and Ramine especially.
Do encourage reflection on the transport provision and choices we have in London and suggest that people may like to give a proportion of their bus/tube/rail/ tickets during Lent or alternatively a portion of their fuel costs so that we might be alongside our partners in their biggest challenge to ministry.
Please show the Lent Appeal PowerPoint if you have the opportunity. It illustrates some of the obstacles and conditions faced and endured so that the Gospel can be preached and God’s work carried out even in the most remote places.
Thank you for all you do for ALMA and are doing for the 2012 Lent Appeal.
I do have more information on the cyclones which I’d be happy to forward if anyone would like it. Please pray for all involved in relief efforts.
Tel: 020 7932 1231 Tuesdays Diocese of London, London Diocesan House 36, Causton St, London SW1P 4AU.