Upper Soar Benefice

Consisting of parishes Claybrooke Parva, Dunton Bassett, Frolesworth, Leire, Wibtoft and Ashby Parva in the county of Leicestershire.

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Christian Aid Week

Help the Benefice to raise £250 for Christian Aid

this Christian Aid Week 15th – 21st May

Christian Aid Week

We live in an interconnected world. Another name for this is globalization; defined as the spread of products, technology, information, and jobs across national borders and cultures. Globalization is not new (economists date it back to Columbus in 1492!) but the latest “era” of globalization is said to have started in 1989. During this time, we have witnessed huge technological advances, not least in the growth of the internet and mobile communications.

Jessica Mwedzi and her family live in rural Zimbabwe, where 7 out of 10 people rely on farming for income and food. She toils on her farm, but nothing can grow on her ashen, dry land. Often her children go to bed hungry as she can only feed them with one bowl of porridge a day. Drought is a recurring nightmare for Jessica and many like her. She recalls: “One year, we had no rain. The scorching sun burnt my crops just as they were about to bloom. It was so painful and disheartening.”

How does globalization impact on Jessica? More than you may think. Her life has been directly impacted by three factors over which she has no control and which may seem remote to her; the covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine (which has driven up food prices, including wheat and cooking oil produced in Ukraine and Russia) and – most significantly – climate change.

We are approaching Christian Aid Week, and Christian Aid is using the opportunity to shine a light on the plight of Jessica and many like her in Zimbabwe and elsewhere. Christian Aid is working with partners in Zimbabwe to help Jessica, and others, so that she can grow drought-resistant crops, set up water taps on her farm and learn how to grow food in the harsh climate. With the right support, Jessica’s dry, dusty land could transform into a garden of hope, abundant with fresh food like tomatoes, beans, groundnuts, corn and cucumbers. Enough to feed her family.

As we approach this Christian Aid Week, let us take a moment to give thanks again for all the good things we enjoy. And may we also give thanks for organisations, like Christian Aid, working tirelessly around the world to support communities who cannot take these things for granted.

Creator God, cultivator of our faith,

thank you for the privilege of living in this global garden

planted to bear your fruit,

to delight our tongues, to fill our bellies, to energise our bodies.

You have given us life in all its fullness.

You have given us life, yet millions still hunger.

As we approach this Christian Aid Week, we stand alongside Jessica and so many like her who struggle to provide food and hope for their families.

We give thanks for the work of agencies such as Christian Aid, and their many partners around the world, who hunger to provide.

But may our support not end here.

May we be the seeds from which your kingdom grows. Amen

How your donation helps

Together, we can restore justice to our world. We won’t stop until everyone can live a full life, free from hunger.

Your donations this Christian Aid Week can help women grow drought-tolerant crops that survive in the harsh climate. With your support, Jessica can turn her dry, dusty land into a garden of hope.

Click the link below to take you to the e-envelope donations page:



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Scan the QR Code to take you to the Christian Aid e-envelope donations page

Open The Book Easter Story 2022

It was good to welcome Claybrooke School to St Peter's Church in Claybrooke Parva for the Open the Book Easter Story, the first since all the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.

Bronze Eco Church Award

Congratulations to All Saints Church Dunton Bassett for being awarded the Bronze Eco Church award, the first of the churches in the Benefice.

Well done and many thanks for all the hard work involved in achieving this.

Pray for Ukraine: Ashby Parva Church, Dunton Bassett and Leire Churches are all open daily for prayer and there is a prayer focus on Ukraine. Claybrooke Parva has a prayer tree outside the north door where you can tie your yellow or blue ribbon as you pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia caught up in an unwanted war.

The prayer is from Christian Aid who seek to help those who have been displaced, who have lost homes and whose families have been separated by the war.

Benefice Team Up Diary: https://teamup.com/kso6bchdfue49i37qq

A quick view of some events where our churches are in use.

There may be other dates that are awaiting confirmation and have not been added to the calendar yet, so please check before arranging any dates.

Coronavirus - Safer Behaviours

Whilst the government have lifted all legal restrictions we now have a personal and corporate responsibility to be considerate of others, whose circumstances and vulnerabilities we do not know.

The basic parameters of hand sanitising and ventilation remain in place.

We would ask you to consider wearing a face mask when our small churches are full as we do have vulnerable people within our congregations. We wear a mask to protect and out of consideration for others. This is not mandatory.

Sanitising hands is still recommended and hand sanitizer will continue to be made available both on entry and exit from the church and before and after receiving Communion.

We will continue to pass the Peace by a friendly wave.

Let us continue to keep one another safe and be considerate of others as we work together as the Body of Christ in this Benefice, supporting one another with love and compassion.

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If in doubt, please call Martine Blackburn on 07941 315692

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If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.

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