Mike Hallworth and Martin Beardwell from Belle Vue Church receiving the Gold Award certificate from the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie, and the Mayor’s Consort, Councillor Tony Parsons.
Belle Vue Church’s Hermitage Centre has received a Gold Award in this year’s Shrewsbury Town Council Civic Awards Ceremony, which took place in May. The award was presented under the Built Heritage category, which recognises projects that have enhanced the built heritage of the town.
The Centre, which was completed in 2016, is very well used by community groups and individuals for classes, counselling sessions, leisure activities and children’s parties, as well as for church activities. The Mayor’s Awards are labelled Shrewsbury’s “equivalent to the Oscars”, and they acknowledge local individuals, organisations, groups and businesses for the benefit they bring to the town.
Some 72 of the town’s people and organisations received honours this year. Speaking at the ceremony the Mayor Councillor Jane Mackenzie said, “The Mayor’s Awards are my opportunity to thank some of the wonderful people and organisations who do so much to make our town a great place to live. It’s a real privilege to recognise and reward those who gladly give their time and talent to benefit others living in our local community.”
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that began in the Church of England in 2016. The Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join the movement, and the Methodist Church of Britain has become a partner in the initiative. The World Methodist Council is also encouraging Methodists across the world to take part.
The aim of Thy Kingdom Come is that Christians pray that people might know Jesus Christ during a focused time between Ascension and Pentecost from 25 May – 4 June 2017.
Keep an eye out for events happening at Belle Vue as part of Thy Kingdom Come.
Our Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 10th December from 11 am – 2 pm.
There will be plenty of stalls, including a tombola stall and book stall.
We are very pleased to have received a certificate and plaque following our latest submission as an Eco Church. The certificate states ” Belle Vue Methodist Church has won a Silver Eco Church Award in recognition of their efforts to care for God’s earth…….”.
There are fresh challenges ahead to continue to improve our ‘green credentials’ but for now let us give thanks for this achievement.
Mike Hallworth, Mayor Ioan Jones, Revd. Richard Hall, Revd. Silas Wood and Martin Beardwell
Mayor of Shrewsbury Ioan Jones, Local Councillor Alan Townsend and Shrewsbury Town Council’s Robert Handley were among the guests at a Dedication Service for the recently opened Hermitage Centre, at Belle Vue Chapel. The service follows a long period of refurbishments to the buildings made possible largely by a generous legacy from Kath Bate and grant funding of £10,000 from Veolia Environmental Trust, £3,000 from Shrewsbury Town Council, as well as Circuit funding and several fundraising initiatives led by Belle Vue members and friends, plus donations they have made.
Leading the service Revd. Silas Wood thanked all of the funders, the architects, builders, electricians and the myriad of people who have helped in so many ways towards completion of the project. His appeal to continue encouraging local community groups to fully utilise the premises and for those working and worshipping within the church to encourage each other, were echoed by District Chair Revd. Rachel Parkinson who gave the address. The newness, she said, would reinvigorate “that family of people here who love God and love each other as Jesus loves each one of you. That holy love of God that, people coming into this building will be able to sense, it will pervade the whole atmosphere.”
The drive to assess what funds were necessary then set about raising the amount, Revd. Wood said, started with a single church member, Mervyn Bradley taking on a sponsored swim. Special mention was also made of Martin Beardwell who rigorously completed grant applications, and Mike Hallworth who tirelessly oversaw and co-ordinated the project, keeping people informed of the progress. All at Belle Vue Chapel are pleased with the results; the expansion and transformation of parts of the building from its former state of disrepair, and the opportunities the building now provides for the local community to be welcomed, to a comfortable space, where they can share in God’s love.
Everyone is welcome to join us on Saturday 24th September at 2.30pm for a dedication service for the new Hermitage Centre. There will be refreshments in the new hall after the service, so please come and take a look!
As part of the Circuit Week of Prayer Belle Vue will be holding a 12 hour prayer day on Saturday 11th June, from 9am to 9pm.
The Church will be open 10am – 12noon with a sheet of prayer prompts available. Volunteers for stewarding would be welcomed; a sheet will be placed at the back of Church.
Make this a special day by praying in your home, garden, local beauty spot, hill top, seaside…..the list is endless.
There is a time capsule in church which is due to be placed under the floor in the new Hermitage Centre in May. The capsule is about a metre long and is made of 110MM sewer pipe. It is proposed to send messages to the future telling the people who use the space in the Hermitage centre what it means to us now and what we hope it will mean to them. Everyone is welcome to contribute by the end of April. Letters or messages with small artefacts if they support your message should be left with a Steward or Rob Leighton. Rob’s message will include plans of the premises before and after the works and will read something like this:
I hope the reason you have unearthed and opened the capsule is to do with improving the Heritage Centre or increasing its life for the community. The hall which we are replacing after over a hundred years of use holds fond memories for me of people and events; fund raising functions, parties, celebrations of personal and community occasions have filled the place with laughter, giving encouragement and pleasure to many. My hope is to enjoy many more such occasions myself and to share them with the folk in Belle Vue and beyond. Every blessing on the work you are planning and good wishes to the coming generations of users of the Hermitage Centre!
Rob Leighton, Belle Vue Church Member since 1983.
On 31st January a member of the congregation, Nicola Craddock, told us about a project she is running to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the international development charity Practical Action and raise funds to support its work. She told us a bit about what the charity does: it focuses on helping some of the poorest people in the world access the technology they need to improve their livelihoods. Whether its by creating smokeless stoves to protect women and children from lung diseases or zeer pot fridges to keep produce fresh for longer in hot climates, Practical Action aims to “see what people are doing and help them to do it better”.
All members of the congregation were invited to donate a button for the quilt with £1 and to say why they wanted to take part. The result was a beautiful quilt square which was put together by the Friday Knit and Knat group.
Funds raised by the quilt project will go towards setting up renewable energy projects in isolated rural communities in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The completed quilt will be presented to Practical Action at their Supporter’s Day in June 2016. To find out more about Practical Action’s work and the quilt project see: http://practicalaction.org/support/.