Welcome to Churches Together in Shrewsbury.
Discover how the churches in Shrewsbury are sharing and working together.
We hope you'll visit our forthcoming events and joint services. Please see the What's On section for details.
Ecumenical Lent Groups
Good News! Churches Together in Shrewsbury are running Ecumenical Lent Groups again in 2014 with over 60 people from 12 different churches taking part!
CTIS have set up 8 Ecumenical Discussion Groups which will meet on different afternoons & evenings and in various venues around the town during Lent. Starting in the week commencing 10th March the groups will be following a 5 week study course from 'York Courses' entitled "Build on the Rock (Faith, Doubt - and Jesus)"
Shrewsbury Youth for Christ
Shrewsbury Youth for Christ (s-yfc) need new supporters - NOW!
SYFC are entering a new and exciting period as Hannah and Andy roll out a number of new initiatives, but at the same time Lichfield Diocese are having to withdraw their financial contribution of around £10,000 per year that they have provided since SYFC was launched in 2005.
SYFC are looking to identify new sources of funding from April 2014 onwards. Existing individual supporters give approximately £15,000 per year. If they were able to double the number of individual supporters it is very likely that their contributions would replace the income from Lichfield Diocese.
Could you identify someone you know who might be interested in giving financial support for s-yfc? SYFC have prepared an information leaflet. A copy can be found if you go to the SYFC page of the Features Section of this website
Please do also pray for SYFC in their current challenging financial situation.
A Sporting Chance
During March 2014 SYFC will have the pleasure of working with Fred Osore, who works for 'Sporting Chance', a charity working with young people in Kenya. Fred will be in Shrewsbury as a guest of Nick Blackbourn who visited Fred at his home in Kenya last summer. While he is here, Fred will be working with s-yfc to deliver lessons and assemblies in local secondary schools, working with the CU at SSFC and singing with the Shrewsbury Gospel Choir. Please pray for Fred and his time in Shrewsbury and that his interactions in schools would be fruitful.
Fred will be in Schools from 17th-21st March.
Community & Service
Shrewsbury Food Bank
Shrewsbury Food Bank, operates from Barnabas Community Church. It is run entirely by volunteers, provides parcels of food to those that find themselves in real times of hardship. This service is offered throughout Shrewsbury.
People are referred for help by a local Agency, Charity or Church when found to be in a genuine crisis. Shrewsbury Food Bank assists with food to help them through their crisis period. Those referred may be in debt, have lost their job, suffered ill-health, family breakdown, bereavement, delays in benefits or homelessness or a combination of many issues. Not surprisingly, in the current economic climate demands on the service are particularly high.
Shrewsbury Food Bank relies entirely on donations of food and money to provide this service as well as the team of volunteers that run it. It is supported by many of the churches in the town.
For more information contact: 01743 343336 or log on to www.barnabascommunitychurch.com/foodbank
The Cafe Church
The Cafe Church continues to meet at The Shrewsbury Coffee House, 5 Castle Gates, Shrewsbury (near the Station). Tel: 01743 242610
The Cafe Church normally meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm and aims to provide those seeking a more spritual element in their lives an informal opportunity to explore Christianity.
If this could be you, come along for coffee and a chat in a friendly relaxed setting. Its a great opportunity to bring a friend along who is not a regular church attender !
The next meeting is on 12th March 2014 from 7.30pm - 8.30pm
SHREWSBURY STREET PASTORS
Shrewsbury Street Pastors started in 2011 when the local Police and Shropshire Council approached the local Churches and asked if we could launch a scheme with the aim of making the town centre a safer place for people to enjoy themselves over the weekend.
There are currently 28 volunteer Street Pastors from eleven different Churches with more than 20 Churches supporting in different ways.
A Street Pastor is someone who makes themselves available to help people who have become vulnerable in the evening. This may be through the effects of alcohol, or drugs, or relational difficulty and emotional distress.
Street Pastors help people get home safe, getting them back in touch with their friends and providing things like space blankets to keep warm, water to re-hydrate or flip flops if they can no longer walk in high heels.
For more information please click on Shrewsbury Street Pastors in our "Features" Section
Trinity Churches owns and runs a Coffee Shop in Radbrook Shopping Centre. Café Connect is staffed by a team of volunteers from both our church and other local congregations.
Café Connect uses fairly traded coffee and other goods wherever possible and stocks books, cards, gifts and other Christian resources.
You can enjoy drinks, snacks and light lunches to eat in or take away, and know that all profits are given away to local charities and other good causes.
See 'Features' Section for more information
Barnabas Money Advice continues to run on Monday evenings at Barnabas Centre in Longden Coleham ( Shrewsbury) from 7pm and provides an opportunity for people to receive support and advice regarding money and debts.
See 'Features' Section for more information
Lent study 2014
Parables and Possessions
Reflect and pray during Lent 2014 with the study 'Parables and Possessions' from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, produced in partnership with the Church of Scotland.
Download now from: www.ctbi.org.uk/lent