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Covid 19

CTR May 2020

The Christian community in Risborough and the surrounding villages will be praying for our neighbours and our country.

We realise that during this challenging time people may experience loss of income and food poverty. Whilst not having stores of food ourselves we may be able to support you in getting help.

Here is a link to tell you about The Risborough Food Cupboard

The Christian Churches in Risborough and district are delighted to support the opening of ‘Risborough Food Cupboard’.

We hope that it will meet the needs of many people experiencing sudden hardship at this difficult time.

As Christians we want to be of practical help as a well as continuing to pray for all the community.

Shopping for the Princes Risborough Food Cupboard – Week of 10th May 2021

Thank you all so much for your generous donations.  Donations may be made to St Mary’s Church Bell Tower, 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, or in the basket at the entrance to Tesco’s at any time they’re open.

Things we could do with more of:

  • Tins of baked beans or spaghetti hoops
  • Tins of peas (garden, not mushy or marrowfat)
  • Tins of sweetcorn
  • Tins of other vegetables
  • Tins of soup
  • Tins of meat
  • Meat pies (tins)
  • Tins of fish
  • Tins of tomatoes
  • Tins or jars of pasta sauce or curry sauce
  • Packets of dried pasta
  • Tins of fruit
  • Tins of rice pudding
  • Tins or cartons of custard
  • Long-life dairy milk (UHT)
  • Packets of cereal
  • Jars or packets of coffee
  • Jars of jam
  • Packets of biscuits

Things we have plenty of, so don’t need any more at the moment;

  • Tins of potatoes
  • Tins of mushy and marrowfat peas

Other things we normally need:

  • Tins of kidney beans etc. (or similar pulses)
  • Tins of lentils (or similar pulses)
  • Packets of rice
  • Long life non-dairy milk
  • Packets of tea
  • Fruit squash
  • Dog food
  • Cat food
  • Sanitary products
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothpaste
  • Washing up liquid
  • Egg boxes (empty)
  • Used carrier bags (we recycle them)

Below is a prayer for the current situation.

Father God, we lift to you our precious town of Princes Risborough and the villages which surround it, which you have blessed so often in the past.
We thank you for our doctors and nurses, and all health and care workers. Please preserve them, keep them safe, and may your life and health flow through them to others.

We thank you for those working in frontline services, from refuse collectors to supermarket workers, media providers to delivery drivers. Please bless them as they persevere on our behalf.

We thank you for Risborough’s nurseries, schools, and ask for creativity for staff teaching online, courage for students, and new ways for every child and student to flourish.
We thank you for scientists seeking to combat this virus through vaccines. Please bless their efforts, lead us out of this time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
We thank you for all our leaders in Councils, and in government. As they make difficult decisions on our behalf, may your Spirit of wisdom lead them in taking resourceful and compassionate action.
We pray for those on the streets and living on the margins, for your provision: through kind, practical support, and may all in our town receive our daily bread.
We pray for any in danger at home. Please keep them safe, restore broken relationships, and breathe your peace upon every household in Risborough and the surrounding villages
May all who are lonely, anxious, or whose minds are troubled, know your presence bringing light and hope.
Please comfort all who are suffering bereavement or loss of any kind today.
We pray for
those facing insecurity or turbulence in their work lives, for your guidance, and sustaining grace to carry on.
We pray again that ancient prayer: Lord: ‘We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you’. We lift our eyes and hearts to you.
Please lead us in your good ways, your ancient paths. May we know your light, and may we carry that light to others.
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Love of God and Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Now and Forever, Amen.
If you need support spiritually or practically please contact us and we will try to help. We are coordinating this centrally but many churches will be contributing.
Contact Rev Vanessa Rye, 01844 346630  or St Mary’s Parish Office parishhoffice@stmarysrisborough.org.uk

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Churches Together in Risborough (CTR) is a real expression of Christian unity centred on the beautiful Market town of Princes Risborough. We are made up of all the different Christian denominations in the area and we express our faith together in many ways. We believe in the concept of “Unity in Diversity”. This means that we can celebrate our togetherness whilst honouring each other’s uniqueness.

There are several key events throughout the year that we organise together. These include “Lighthouse” which is a week-long children’s event in the first week of the summer holidays. This has been a real blessing to hundreds of children each year, whilst at the same time creating a powerful expression of all the churches working together.

Another one of our annual events is the Good Friday Walk of Witness at which we gather together in remembrance of the crucifixion of Christ. Several hundred from the various congregations walk through the town following the cross as a witness to the centrality of Christ in our community.

This is followed two days later by an Easter Sunday “Sunrise” service held at Whiteleaf Cross. Again many folk gather from the different churches to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. This is a powerful expression of Christian unity on this very special day.

The Christian calendar affords great opportunities to meet together. As each church hosts a variety of events, we seek to gather in support of each other and to honour the Lord in our midst.

Christmas of course, is a wonderful time for celebration and all the different churches hold their own special services through the season. However we have for many years now, as CTR, been involved at the “Risborough Lights”, when the High Street is packed with people as the lights are switched on by a celebrity. It is a time of great joy together.

Throughout the year, as each church hosts a variety of events, we seek to gather in support of each other and to honour the Lord in our midst.

 Organisation

Although our focus is strongly on expressing our unity together as believers locally, CTR is a member of Churches Together in England. We have a local committee made up of the clergy and representatives from each of the churches which meets four times each year. This works well and gives us all an opportunity to shape the way forward.

Ministers’ Fellowship

We believe that strong mutual relationships among the clergy are vital to the on-going success of CTR. To this end the clergy meet together about once a month over an informal lunch.  Over the years this has transformed from a “business” meeting into a time of great personal encouragement and relationship building. We share together around our successes and our challenges; we minister and pray for each other in our passion to be the spiritual leaders that will see the “Kingdom come and God’s will be done” in the town of Princes Risborough and the surrounding villages.

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