St. Stephen's Church Hightown

....part of the local community.

JanAshtonHi All,

My letter this month is in two parts:

Part 1

Last month I wondered what you were doing in response to climate change - what actions you were taking. Two people emailed me and here’s some of what they’ve told me.

We have Solar Panels: we try to use washing machine and dishwasher when sun is shining well and no power is coming from the grid. Try to use only one machine at a time. We get a payment for what we contribute to the grid. Garden: we grow lots of fruit and as much veg as we can. Share plant cuttings rather than buy them Compost all green material. Veg peelings to compost bin and rest to council bin. Insulation: House has cavity wall insulation as has loft and eaves, over and above national minimum requirements.”

“We try to remember to use the "bag for life" so we have them in the cars or folded in a handbag etc. Today we have received a magazine in a recyclable "plastic" bag. This can be added to the compost it says on the bag which was made in Austria. Very encouraging as it proves it can be done.”

I am wondering, if you feel strongly about this, would you please write a letter asking the people who send you magazines to use compostable bags.

Are any of you doing other things as a response to climate change? Do let me know.

Part 2

Advance Notice of the Service of ‘A Time to Remember those we have loved and have died’ - All Souls. Sunday 3rd November at 6pm in church. We have many recently bereaved people in Hightown at the moment - this will be my first remembering service since my dad died. The service is quiet, simple and we’ll all get a chance to light a candle in memory of our loved ones who have died and their names will be read out. I’m aware it’s a really hard service to come to on your own. If you have a bereaved neighbour who hasn’t got family near, can I ask you, firstly, to invite them and then, secondly, to offer to come with them.

Together we’ll remember and be sad and I know, because lots of you have told me in the past, it does help the bereavement process.

Blessings - Jan
- Revd. Jan Ashton
Vicar of Hightown, Liverpool