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The lies we tell ourselves about poverty

A new churches' report, published by by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church through their Joint Public Issues Team, shows how evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated to create untruths that stigmatise poor people, welfare recipients and those in receipt of benefits.

Counting Blessings with Christian Aid

Throughout Lent, Members of St Andrews are being encouraged to Count the Blessings in our own lives as part of a Christian Aid campaign.  Working through a series of themes for prayer, the aim is to give thanks and give to support the charity's work while reflecting on God’s abundant provision for us.

From 4-10 March, we were asked to give thanks for women, recognising the blessings received by women in our own lives:

'Tis the season of AGMs

March sees St Andrews' members participating in a number of Annual General Meetings:

  • Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall AGM (Monday 11th March, 7:30pm, Beacon Methodist, Broomhill)
  • Broomhall Forum AGM (Wednesday 13th March, 6pm, St Andrews church hall)

Please attend if you can.  Members support these organisations throughout the year, and we too benefit from their work.  It is good to learn about the good things they do.

Broomhall News seeking new editor

TheBroomhall News: Issue 100 (front page) 100th edition of the Broomhall News is ready for distribution.   Our own minister, Sarah Hall, has been editing this magazine with news of the local community.  As she moves to Southampton, a new editor is needed.

Download an electronic copy.*  Read the news.  And have a think whether you or someone you know could be its next editor. 

CTBB Worker for Older People retiring

Janet, the Churches Together in Broomhill & Broomhall Worker for Older People, is retiring at the end of March.  A celebration of Janet's 14 years of service will be held on Friday 15th March when local Member of Parliament, Paul Blomfeld, will be guest speaker.

If anyone wishes to contribute to a gift for Janet, please give your contributions to Jean Dickson. 

Janet's post will be replaced with a part-time appointment; enquiries about the vacancy should be addressed to Jean.

New child poverty measure ‘fatally flawed’, say British churches

Four major British churches have criticised government proposals for a new way of measuring child poverty in the UK, which they say masks the problem.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have accused the Government’s consultation on the proposals of being "confused" and "surprisingly badly evidenced".

They've told their stories - the least we can do is listen

The website Tell My Story, coordinated by Housing Justice, is collecting stories from some of the people whom recent changes in benefits are pushing over the financial edge.
Please visit the website, read the stories and pray that we will find out how God wants us to react.

Sheffield Fairness Commission

The Sheffield Fairness Commission have produced the following guidelines to help decision makers and citizens make Sheffield fairer:

The Man Born to be King: Lent 2013

Lent Groups this year will be performance readings of part of Dorothy L. Sayers' play cycle on the life of Christ, The Man Born to be King.  Sayers, better known for her detective fiction, was controversial when she wrote these plays, first broadcast on the radio, for their down-to-earth language. 

Cuts and welfare changes having a “scandalous” impact, says Kevin Watson, Yorkshire Synod Moderator

Thirty church leaders in the North East of England have written an open letter to the Prime Minister warning that spending cuts and welfare changes are having a “scandalous” impact on communities in their region.

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