Wednesday 19 December 2012

Happy Christmas to all visitors to this site

All the best for Christmas 2012.
Sheep in the snow

What are your New Year Resolutions for 2013?

The New Year is a great time to make a new start. 
I had fun in the past planning topics for resolutions for CEL's website

Which of these resolutions could you make?
1. Get Fit and avoid obesity2. Singing3. Improver your Speaking skills4. Improve your Listening skills5. Get your church to save rainforest
6.  Master
the magic of
a) Mosses,
b) Moths
c) Mammals and more..marvels of nature
7. Take Old People on Nature Trips8. Count your blessings!9. Campaign10. …….. your suggestion?
11. Join CEL12. Get CEL free News email13. Get CEL Prayer Diary free14. Set up a CEL group15. Prioritise
16. Donate to the rainforest project17. Promote your event18. Display CEL leaflets19. Become more (dis)ability aware / inclusive20. Organise a LOAF meal

Or maybe you would be best just going for a walk in the fresh air, and leaving the computer...

Have fun planning your own New Year Resolutions.
All the best for 2013

Ribblehead Station Carol Service 2012

Happy Christmas from the Carol Singers at Ribblehead Station 2012 - 13 December

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning, Cards and Posada

Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning on 4 Dec 2012 Picture 1
On 4 Dec we held our Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning. There is a coffee morning every Tuesday and the first Tuesday of the month the money usually goes to a charity. Today it was for the Rainforest fund.

I got up early to put the cards on display, to hang some balloons outside the church and to put some extra leaflets round town.

33 people came, including the five people running the coffee morning. Most were regulars, but my email invitations resulted in one extra person, and my walking round town with leaflets resulted in one extra person. We also gained a family of three who had by chance just parked outside and so came in. Otherwise it was the regulars plus a few sightly less regulars.

Thank you everyone for coming.
We took £55 for the coffee and  sold £25-50 of cards.
Thank you to the different volunteers who run the coffee morning week after week.
Posada - Figures from the Nativity - resting in front of cards 
which are on sale in aid of Rainforest Fund. 
Notice also Mountain Gorilla on right
We have a nativity scene which is passed from on member of congregation to another during advent - I was to have it after the coffee morning. - I left them for a while in front of the Rainforest Cards. On the right you can see the black Mountain gorilla. It is a toy, whose eyes light up when you squeeze its hand. It makes gorilla sounds and there is tropical forest birdsong in the background. Mountain gorillas are under threat.- it looked so lonely there by itself.

Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning on 4 Dec 2012 Picture 2

Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning on 4 Dec 2012 Picture 3

Wall display about Korup rainforest in Cameroon

Display of Christian Ecology Link Leaflets


 In the church we have set up a Jesse Tree:-  with symbols to represent the different prophets. Symbols will be added during Lent.
Jesse Tree in Church on 4 Dec

Monday 3 December 2012

Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning and Big Give

Did you see Attenburgh 60 years in the wild - Our Fragile Planet - on TV?
I saw some of the earlier programmes when I was young (not the earliest).
Same link but shorter:  ?

How much has been lost in our lifetimes!  Tragic.
But he also pointed out some things that have been saved -
There would be no blue whales left had not Greenpeace and others campaigned.

So it is up to us to save what is left.

I invite you to come and support the Coffee Morning at St John's Methodist Church, Settle this Tuesday 4 Dec, 10am to midday in Aid of the Rainforest Fund. - raising money for
World Land Trust
and A Rocha Ghana

If we can raise £100 that will buy 1 acre of Rainforest in South America through World Land Trust.. (A local Trust run by the local people then manages the land as forest, rather than cutting it down)

How much is 1 acre?
1 acre = Settle Market place incl. Town Hall and Shambles
1 acre = Whitefriars car park plus garage

£100 = The cost of two pairs of trainers - (How one acre is that cheap

I  don't know - though Orang utan rainforest in Borneo costs much more
than this)

If we could raise £200 it would be great.

I will be giving the money raised to these two charities during the Big
Give". There is matched funding from several large organisations- So
for each £100 we can give they will match it with another £100

(If you want to give money to them direct from 6-8 Dec then go to World Land Trust -
Buy an Acre project A Rocha "Planting
Seeds" conservation education project, which includes projects in


I will have my beautiful photo Greetings Cards for sale.
You can also buy them at Wholesome Bee (Settle),  at Taitlands,
(Stainforth), and at Townhead Court (Settle)


A big thank you to Settle Spinners who raise money each year for the
Rainforest Fund.

See the Coffee Morning Pictures on 4 December