8th Dec 2018

Today is a small task… ask a friend to one of the Carol services in the village.

Have you seen the movie Elf? Stupid question really 😆 One of my favourite quotes from the movie is… “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

So invite as many people as you like to one of our Carol services and spread that Christmas cheer!

  • HBC Family Carols: 16th December – 10am
  • St James Family Carols: 16th December – 10:30am
  • Carols at The Cross: 21st December – 7pm

There will undoubtedly be mince pies and festive tipples at all events… 🙃

7th Dec 2018

How many times does it take your parents to ask you to tidy your bedroom before you do it? Do you have an annoying DIY job that has been hanging around the house for months?

Today is all about being helpful to people without being asked. Maybe it’s helping someone with chores or shopping. Do you know someone that would rather not walk their dog in all this rain?

Whatever you may be doing today be it work, school, or chilling at home, let’s keep helpfulness at the front of our minds and the focus of our hearts. Let’s be as helpful as we can to as many people as we can!

6th Dec 2018

Often, the sweetest gifts are those that are handmade. At Adventurers tonight (and we did at CAS on Tuesday too!) we will be making some Christmas decorations for the children to give away to someone (perhaps a neighbour or a friend in a village?).

We’ve been scouring Pinterest for some handmade decorations, here’s a few of our favourites we’ve found if you want to do some at home!:

5th Dec 2018

Make An Effort To Turn Off Power When Not In Use

How much do you know when it comes to saving energy? Here’s some facts we found when trying to find out a bit more:

  • All chargers use electricity even when they’re not in use… so turn off at the wall and unplug when you’re done charging your phone and tablets! The same goes for equipment that goes into standby mode like your TV.
  • If everyone boiled only the water they needed every time they used the kettle, we could save enough electricity a year to power the UK’s street lights for nearly 7 months!!!! (Energy Saving Trust) I am certainly guilty of this! Also for boiling the kettle and forgetting I’ve done it so boiling it again!
  • Turning your thermostat down by only 1* could save you nearly £100! (thegreenage.co.uk)
  • Turning off lights when you leave a room could save you at least £50 a year. (thegreenage.co.uk) I often get told off for this one…!
  • A washing machine will use 30% less electricity on a 40*C cycle compared with a 60*C cycle. (Daily Mail)

There are a few ideas there of how you could save a bit of energy today, but do you have any more? Comment on the post or share your photos of how you’re able to save a bit of energy today!

4th Dec 2018

At this time of year it’s easy to forget that there are people who aren’t able to celebrate Christmas in the same way that many of us can.

‘The charity [Crisis] estimates that there are currently 236,000 homeless people across England, Wales and Scotland, including those living in unsuitable temporary accommodation.’* This doesn’t include the thousands living below the poverty line in this country.

Caring Hands provides a vital service to those living in poverty in and around Evesham, not only at Christmas but throughout the whole year. Adding an extra tin or packet of food will make hardly any change to your food bill, but it could be the difference between having a meal or going to bed hungry for many people. It could also help a family living with a tight budget enjoy some special treats at Christmas that they may not otherwise be able to afford.

If you want to bring something from the list below, Hannah will be in the Baptist Chapel at the following times:

  • Tues: 6pm – 8pm
  • Thurs: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Sun: 10am -11:30am

Alternatively, if you’re not from this area, maybe there’s a food bank near you that would take some donations.

For more info about Caring Hands check out their website at: http://www.chands.org.uk.

Food Collection List:

  • Tinned meats
  • Packet mash
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned carrots
  • Jams
  • Rice pudding
  • UHT milk
  • Sugar
  • Christmas goodies: chocolates, Christmas puddings, crackers, etc

*www.bbc.co.uk

3rd Dec 2018

How often do we ACTUALLY say thank you to the people in our lives that we appreciate? To the people who make our lives easier or serve us in some way. To those people who do the small unnoticed tasks. When was the last time you thanked your postman or the cleaner at school/work? Do you thank your Dad for cooking for you, or Mum for driving you places?

Your challenge today is to thank someone (or multiple people!) who you may not usually thank.

Maybe it’s saying thank you to a bus driver or shop keeper as you go about your daily errands. Maybe it’s taking a bit more time out to sit down and write a thank you note or card. What other ways could you say thank you? Be as creative as you like!

And don’t forget to tag us in your photos!

2nd Dec 2018

The run up to Christmas is often busy busy busy without even the time to think. Today your challenge is to STOP and appreciate the world around you.

It may be wet and grey, but how can you enjoy nature today? In Harvington we are blessed with lots of lovely walks, orchards and parks within a very short difference. Can you take a short walk? Can you go and splash in some puddles? What sights and smells are there? What can you hear?

Stopping and spending even just 5 minutes in nature can help to bring peace and perspective to a chaotic life. So, don those wellies and raincoats, go outside, and enjoy the wonderful gift that has been given to us in nature!