Forum affirms plans
A number of important events are planned for Market Harborough in the coming months, the Churches Together in Harborough (CTH) Forum heard at its January meeting. The Forum affirmed its support for them.
They include the Sight Loss Friendly Church workshops to be held on 27 January (2.30 pm) at the New Horizons Hall of the Baptist Church, and 6 February (7.00 pm) at St Dionysius’ Church. Led by locally-based Torch Trust and supported by CTH they are open to all. They will help church members provide a more inclusive welcome for people with poor or no sight who often find socialising difficult.
The Forum heard that the town’s Fair Trade group will be organising a trail around Fair Trade-supporting shops in town in mid-February. Among several other events during Fair Trade Fortnight, on 28th the Oxfam Bookshop will have free samples of Fair Trade products and will feature the “story bombs” which form the national focus for the Fortnight. The weekly 11.00 am Saturday morning short Thought for the Day in St Dionysius on 22 February will have a Fair Trade slant.
During Lent, the weekly Friday short services and soup-and-cake lunches will be held at the Methodist Church at 12.30. They are open to people from any church. On Good Friday morning all church members are urged to support in prayer and in person the Churches Together open-air witness in The Square. It is an opportunity to openly demonstrate our unity as we present aspects of the Easter message to the wider public using, it is hoped this year, large-screen enhancement of a specially-written modern drama.
The Forum also heard that the Jubilee Food Bank received 82 referrals in December, helping 186 people and giving out 1,674 meals. The Cube reported that the building work was now finished, as a result of which there is fresh space for groups to hire for events, and that a Wednesday evening event for children in years 7 to 9 was about to begin with free food and discussion of topical issues.
The next meeting of the Forum is on 2 March, 7.15 at Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church. Each church has designated representatives but others are welcome to attend in a non-voting capacity.