Dennis is 90 years young
We were delighted to celebrate Dennis`s 90th birthday recently. A post-service gathering presented Dennis with a bottle of Malt Whisky, essential on medical grounds, and a cake. By some several renditions of `Happy Birthday` later we had devoured the cake, although the Whisky remained firmly in the bottle for later use.
Congratulations Dennis (and Jean !)
Wonderful immigrant spotted in New Meeting Garden
This unusual Humming Bird Hawk Moth has been resident in the New Meeting Garden in September. A beautiful `import` now probably `resident` to this country, it has added to the wonderful natural diversity of the UK`s ecology, having migrated from North Africa and Southern Europe since the 70`s.
Message there for us all ?
More information can be found via this link;
Refugees across Europe
We have all been greatly moved by the plight of people making their hazardous way across sea and land as they flee troubled homelands. An effective solution to this humanitarian crisis is a long way off, and far from simple. In the meantime countless thousands including large numbers of children, are placed in harm`s way as they struggle to find a safer, freer, and supportive place in which to live.
At times like this we may all feel a sense of real helplessness. What can we do ?
Well, below are a number of links to organised and experienced charities who are dealing directly with this problem. If nothing else, we may at least feel able to donate. You may very well already have done this.
Save The Children;
Another option might be to support movements that work on behalf of the Migrants issue-here is one such.
And of course, you might want to write to your elected politicians, expressing what you think should be done. The link below may be helpful.
New Ministry Team at New Meeting !
We are delighted to announce that Rev Winnie Gordon is to become Minister of Kidderminster New Meeting House. She will commence her role here in early October.
Winnie of course needs little introduction. She is well known across the Midlands for her excellent and ongoing work as Minister at Unitarian New Meeting Church, Birmingham, and we are looking forward to closer links between our two congregations as we share in the mutual benefits of her Ministry. She is also well known by those congregations she has served in both Shrewsbury and Kingswood, and of course for her work nationally with the GA.
We have no doubt that she will bring much love and many talents with her to Ministry at New Meeting House, benefiting both present and future members and congregation as well as the local community we aim to serve.
We are also delighted to announce that we have appointed Aleks Zglinska as Community Facilitator at New Meeting House. She starts her role with us in mid-August. Aleks has a wealth of experience of working in Unitarian and young person related environments. She is, for example, chair of the national Young Adult Network (BUYAN), and like Winnie, a member of the forward thinking 2020 Group established by GA to help grow Unitarianism in Great Britain.
Aleks has been a member at New Meeting for just under two years, and is brimming with ideas about how to extend our community links, serve young families, and provide activities that will attract more people. These initiatives will provide the focus for her role with us, and she will be working closely with Winnie to this end.
We are very pleased indeed to be able to make these two exciting appointments. Everyone at New Meeting wants Unitarianism to flourish in Kidderminster and beyond. We are very confident that both Winnie and Aleks will inspire us to meet this challenge. We know too that they will be able to rely upon the fullest support of the congregation.
We all realise what a fantastic opportunity this is to make to make significant strides forward, and we shall all be doing our utmost together with Winnie and Aleks, to ensure that this happens.
Geoff attends New Meeting and we were delighted to see the recognition of his work in the community, as reported in our local paper `The Kidderminster Shuttle`.
The Peace Garden in memory of the wonderful Rev Arthur Latham is now fully blooming. The recent good weather has enabled a spruce up and re-plant, and the photo shows the gardening team of Elaine and John, with the magnificent Rev Ann Latham
Kidderminster is Changing Big Time!
Yes that`s right, over the next few years there will be a complete transformation of the area around Church Street and the Bull Ring-in fact, the whole area at the foot of our driveway to New Meeting. What a great time to be a fabulous Grade II listed building in the historic Church Street. There are opportunities galore to get involved with the new vibrant town that`s growing around us.