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Welcome to the March 2019 edition of CfTW e-news.  Please pass this information on to others in your congregation or network or invite them to sign up to the mailing list.  Details can be found at the bottom of this email.  If you no longer wish to be on the circulation list, please unsubscribe at the foot of this email.  This month:
  • we are invited to take part in the World Day of Prayer on Friday 1 March from 10am at the Salvation Army,
  • we rejoice in the great attendance and positive response to the ‘Faith, Hope and Action in a Changing Climate’ meeting,
  • look out for Fairtrade Fortnight details; information about Crosslight Advice’s budget course; Empathy Action’s - Desperate Journey Simulations and much more – all below so please read on!   
PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline for items for the April 2019 e-letter is Monday 18 March.

March Dates

  • Monday 25 February–Sunday 10 March: Fairtrade Fortnight.
  • Fridays 1 March 2019: World Day of Prayer - 10am at the Salvation Army.   
  • Friday 1, 15 & 29 March: Youth Leaders’ Prayer Meeting, 9-10am at the YFC Offices, 28 Church Road.  
  • Fridays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March:  Find your Voice - 3-5pm at Burrswood.  A singing group for those who enjoy a good sing, including those who are living with Parkinson’s, MS or dementia, or recovering from a stroke.  Cost is £4 per session. 
  • Saturdays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March: ‘Men of Prayer 4 Tunbridge Wells’ Prayer Group, 8-9am at The Gatehouse (formerly Calvary Church) in the Market Square. Come and join this great time of prayer and fellowship as men from different congregations gather to pray for the transformation of our town.
  • Tuesdays 5, 12, 19, 26 March: Lunchtime services at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim, TN4 8AE, 12.15-12.45pm.   
  • Tuesdays 5, 12, 19, 26 March: Youth Café.  Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ, along with The Gatehouse, have opened a weekly Youth Café at ‘The Gatehouse’ in the Market Square. The Café is free and meets EVERY Tuesday during term from 4.30-6.00pm. The Café features Xbox, table tennis, pool, music, refreshments and much more. For further details, contact 07834 816400 or email community@tunbridgewells.yfc.co.uk.
  • Wednesday 6 Maarch: WOMEN CREATING COMMUNITY Coffee Morning for women of all ages from all cultures and faiths and none. 10am–12.00 at Church of Christ, Commercial Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2RR. Come and join us for an opportunity to: get to know each other better, share coffee and delicious snacks and enjoy community activities and crafts. Organised together by the Christian Women’s Network & the Tunbridge Wells Muslim Women’s Forum. More information from Lynn Allen (07977 805489) ljallen36@aol.com
  • Tuesday 12 March: Quiet Day at Burrswood. For further details, visit www.burrswood.org.uk, or ring 01892 865988.  This is held on the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Saturday 16 March: Lou Fellingham in Concert, All Saints Church, Church Road, Crowborough, TN6 1ED.  Doors open 7pm with concert at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for under 15s.  Tickets can be purchased at www.allsaintscrowborough.org or loufellingham.com/tickets  
  • Wednesday 20 March:  Prayer Meeting for the Persecuted Church, 11.30am–12.30pm at St Augustine’s Church, Crescent Road, TW. This is an ecumenical prayer group which meets on the third Wednesday of every month.
  • Saturday 23 March:  Crossteach Quiz Night, St Peter’s Church, Bayhall Road, 7.30-9.30pm.  Tickets are £5.  Book tickets at tunbridgewells@crossteach.com.  
  • Sunday 24 March–Sunday 31 March – One Week Without:  Porchlight is inviting people to ‘put yourself in a homeless person’s shoes’ by going without hot showers, cooked dinners, a warm bed, and all social media, including your phone, for 1 week in order to raise awareness and funds for their ongoing work with the homeless locally and across the county of Kent.  For your Free resource pack register at: www.porchlight.org.uk/oneweekwithout or call 01227 813199

Parent Toddler Groups Together.

has a closed Facebook group called ‘Tunbridge Wells PTGT’.  It is intended to connect toddler groups’ leaders in and around Tunbridge Wells.  This group meets from time to time for prayer and encouragement as they have done since 2002, but mostly communicates through Facebook posts.

Crosslight Advice 2 hour budget course
  • Ever wonder where your money goes each month?
  • Need help managing your bills or spending?
  • Want to learn some practical tips to make budgeting easier?
  • How can I make sure I put money aside for the future?
 As well as helping those in financial difficulty, we have recently introduced the Money Course to help people avoid getting into debt (or to assist in getting out of it). It is held at the URC Church from 7.00pm on the last Thursday of each month, and you will not be expected to discuss your personal details. There is also a follow up ninety-minute one-to-one coaching session which can be booked if required. You can book by going to www.crosslightadvice.org/themoneycourse, or by calling 020 7052 0318. The website also gives you more detail on what the course covers.

STAND UP CHOCOLATE LOVERS!  FAIRTRADE PUTS THE FOCUS ON COCOA FARMERS
Don’t forget that this month marks the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, our chance to take a stand for the world’s poorest farmers. Please encourage your church to get involved. Church resources are now available to download from the Fairtrade Foundation website including a presentation and sermon notes
This year the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign is focused on the fight for ‘a living income’. The theme is ‘Fairtrade cocoa’ and the emphasis is on women farmers. 
A living income is a human right and a fundamental goal for Fairtrade, and nowhere is this need clearer than in the cocoa industry. In 2016, the crash in world cocoa prices pushed many cocoa farmers deeper into poverty, and despite their hard work there remains a gap between their actual income and what they need to live.
Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live below the poverty line, earning less than 78p a day. These cocoa farmers need to earn a minimum of £1.98 a day in order to achieve a living wage.
Cocoa-farming households headed by women are often in a much worse situation than those headed by men. Despite their hard work both in the field and in the home, they’re overlooked and under-represented, and usually receive even less income than equivalent households headed by men.
It is well known that directing more independent income into the hands of women accelerates the development of the whole community. So, this year, the Fairtrade #SheDeserves campaign seeks to highlight the importance of supporting women farmers.
Tweet Your Support For Women Cocoa Farmers
Starting on Saturday 16th March, Tunbridge Wells Fairtrade Town Group will be tweeting, and we ask you to follow us and retweet our messages as a way of acknowledging and encouraging women farmers.
#TunbridgeWellsFairtradeTown supports women cocoa farmers #Shedeserves a living income #ruralwomen @twfairtrade @FairtradeUK
So this is the perfect time to take a stand for the Fairtrade Cocoa farmers and indulge yourself with Fairtrade chocolate treats. Host a coffee morning with your own chocolate cake creations, or hold a ‘bake-off’ competition, support the #She Deserves campaign. Tell your friends why you are buying Fairtrade Chocolate and don’t forget to buy Fairtrade Easter eggs. If your favourite shops don’t sell Fairtrade chocolate, write to them and tell them why it is important. Together we can fight for living incomes and a fairer world.            
Come and visit us and get a Hot Chocolate at the Fairtrade stall in the Pantiles Market on 2nd March, 10am–4.00pm.                 
To get in touch with the Tunbridge Wells Fairtrade Town Group, please contact us on contact@twfairtrade.org.uk
Follow us on Facebook: Tunbridge Wells Fairtrade Town Group.
Twitter @flashywells
www.twfairtrade.org.uk
http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get%20involved//Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight
Let Justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.’  Amos 5v24

Empathy Action
Desperate Journeys, a powerful immersive experience, crafted to help give people an understanding of the global refugee crisis launched last year is now coming to Tunbridge Wells.
     Following a successful launch at Tonbridge Baptist Church and then later in the year at Tonbridge Girls Grammar school and Sevenoaks School, the maze-like set will be created in an empty shop in Royal Victoria Place from mid-February to the end of March. 
It runs for about 90 minutes including a reflective discussion at the end and each run can take up to 30 people.  Runs will take place during the opening hours for Royal Victoria Place, during the week and at weekends.  
     We are particularly keen to help Empathy Action grow its volunteer base to deliver greater empathy programmes across the country and beyond. Our hope is to use this opportunity to involve as many Tunbridge Wells people as possible, including schools, community groups, charities and businesses. 
There are many opportunities to get involved, such as;
  • to help with promotion, marketing, ticketing and administration
  • to be part of the set-building team, transforming the shop into the scenes from the journey
  • to join the cast and crew, working with the participants to deliver the experience
  • to link up Empathy Action with any of your contacts in schools (the experience is suitable from Year 6 upwards and for adults), community groups, churches or other organisations that may wish to go through the experience
  • to come along with friends or family and go through the journey yourself
  • to join the team to help grow Empathy Action’s charity through regular volunteering
Get in touch and speak to us to find out more- we’d love to hear from you!
www.empathyaction.org/2019/01/desperate-journeys-coming-to-tunbridge-wells/

News from Burrswood
Monday 25 February–Friday 1 March: Icon Painting 5-day Workshop.  Learn to create an icon with the well-known painter, Peter Murphy.  You will be provided with exquisite materials including a top-quality Siberian lime wood board, medieval pigments and gold leaf.  This is perfect for all those who wish to develop their artistic skills or those interested in contemplation through art. The course runs from 10am–4pm each day with all materials, tuition and refreshments provided. Full-board residential stay is £790 and cost for a non-residential guest is £470 per person. 
Beginning Wednesday 27 February – The Relaxation Toolbox: a 6 week course from 7-9pm.  Creative self-care with Kerry Ingham to help with stress & daily life.  Cost is £120 per person and includes materials and refreshments.
Beginning Saturday 9 March – Christian Mindfulness: an 8-week course ‘Making Space for God’, 10am–12.30pm. Includes teaching and guidance on a range of Mindfulness practices, as well as discussion on the place of Mindfulness in everyday Christian life and discipleship.  Cost is £240 per person for the full course.
Friday 22 March - Painting with Julie King 2019: 10am-4pm - Local artist Julie King joins Burrswood once again for another one of a series of days of watercolour painting, refreshments and good conversation!
Cost is £65 for the workshop, and includes lunch and afternoon tea.
Sunday 24 March: 1.30-4.00pm - Charlie Bell Curiosities.  £15 per session to include refreshments. Join Charlie Bell for some light-hearted discussion and creative writing about objects he will bring in from his cabinet of curiosities. Also on the following dates:  12 May, 16 June, 29 Sep & 17 Nov
Wednesday 17–Monday 22 April: Easter Retreat - led by Rev Dr Steven Underdown.  Prepare for Easter and celebrate with us in the beautiful, supportive surroundings of Burrswood.  Enjoy 5 nights’ full board accommodation, teachings and daily services.  Cost is £875 per person. 
Saturday 20 July–Saturday 27 July or Saturday 7 September–Saturday 14 September: Enjoy a summer break in the delightful grounds at Burrswood.  A wonderful programme of activities is planned.  Cost for this 7-night package is £1225 per person. 
For all of the above, call Reservations on 01892 865988. To find out more or to book your place: www.burrswood.org.uk

New Resource

GOOD has just released a whole bunch of Easter resources to help churches promote their Easter services and activities at https://good.direct/  As an incentive to order Easter designs early we are giving 10% off everything on our site until February 2019, by simply using this code at checkout: GOODTOGO
Excellent value from a local source.  Highly recommended!

Lent and Easter resources from Bible Society
This Lent, join with Krish Kandiah to explore six messages of great hope and challenge in weekly radio services, podcasts and small group resources. Find out more:https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/bible-articles/lent-2019/ .
Share the miraculous news of Easter with our latest children’s book, video and all-age church resources. This year’s story is Three Friends and the Miracle Man - https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/easter/ .
If you have any questions about any of the Bible Society resources, contact Kristin: Kristin.stevenson@biblesociety.org.uk

House to let by Christian Charitable Trust

Modern 2 bedroom terraced house in quiet location with a small enclosed rear garden and a garage for one car.  Situated within walking distance of High Brooms station and near a bus route into town.  Rent £895 pcm.  Please phone Jerry on 01892 518164 for further details.

‘BURNED – Are Trees the New Coal?’
Free film screening organised by Tunbridge Wells Friends of the Earth. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1004437179745156/ linked to the eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-showing-burned-are-trees-the-new-coal-tickets-55641751978 and a shortlink: bit.ly/burnedinTW
     Here are links to pdfs of A5 fliers and A4 fliers.   It's a great film, and a colleague from Biofuelwatch will be there for discussion and Q&A. 

Trinity Encore
is a Seniors choir open to all.  It meets every Wednesday in school term time from 10.30am – 12.00 noon at the Trinity Arts Theatre.  Each 90-minute session will include 60 minutes of singing, with time for refreshments and socialising at the beginning and end. The choir aims to be fun, informal and creative, providing an inclusive environment for all members. Trinity Encore is open to anyone living with age-related illness (including dementia) and their carers/companions.  Cost is free.  To register your interest, contact Good Neighbours 01892-510200 or Trinity Box Office – 01892-678678. 

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Save the Date

Wednesday 10 Friday - Saturday 12 April 2019: The NOISE youth social action project.  More information in the April CfTW News or check with your youth leader.
 
Sunday 14 April: UNITE Youth Service, 6-8pm at the Gatehouse in the Market Square.  Also 19 May, 16 June and 21 July 2019.
 
Friday 19 April: Good Friday Gathering at the Millennium Clock for a short time of worship and prayer at 11.30am
 
Sunday 28 April: Street Pastor Sunday - Tunbridge Wells Street Pastors are asking local churches to highlight the work of the Street Pastor Ministry on this Sunday, or a Sunday near to it, by inviting Street and Prayer Pastors in their congregation to come dressed in uniform, to share an update about their work, to invite others to consider joining this ministry, and to be prayed for by the Church leaders and/or congregation. If your Church does not have anyone involved in the Street Pastor Ministry, we would love to come and talk to you about it on this Sunday, or another Sunday during the year. 

Soprano Soloist Available for Special Occasions
Louise Sanders is an accomplished Soprano Soloist who is available for weddings, baptisms, funerals and other special events.  If you have wedding couples or bereaved families looking for a soloist for their service, please see Louise's website (which includes sound clips) to see whether she is able to help.  Louise also runs a small one-singer-to-a-part choir called Cantiaci Vocal Ensemble - you can access the choir pages from Louise's own website: www.sopranolouise.co.uk
 
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