Thursday, 25 October 2012

Remembering...

November is a month that forces us to remember - foiled treason plots, the tragedy of war and the holy men and women of God.

Perhaps this November, more than some others, will force us to remember better times,  especially against the backdrop of high unemployment, of continuing recession, of yet another month where there is more month than money... 

The reason we remember and make memories at all is because they are central to to what it means to be human. Being human involves being in relationship with others - with those whom we love, with those whom we work, with those whom we live with whether locally, nationally or internationally and forging a future together as families, communities, as nations, as a world.

Yet our relationships can be strained because of all sorts of factors - pressure of work, time and distance but not least of all the austere place we find ourselves in as a nation at the moment.

 Did you know that 1 in 5 parents skip meals to feed their children or that some 13 million people in the UK live below the poverty line?

To play our part seeing our communities transformed by the love of Christ in responding to that need locally, we are working with other churches to see a foodbank open to serve the people of Mill End and Maple Cross. We are working in partnership with the Trussell Trust (www.trusselltrust.org) who are the UK’s leading providor of support to setting up foodbanks to support local people who are, in many cases, one paycheque away from a crisis.

We would like you to play a part in realising this vision. In time this will include helping to collect food from local supermarkets as people come to do their weekly shop, helping sort the food in date order in the storage space we have identified, and welcoming those who need an emergency food parcel at the bank in both communities and so on.
This November, as we begin to focus our attention towards the season of Advent, and long for the coming of God in love and justice to transform His world, I hope and pray that you will join me in being the embodiment of that hope, that love, that justice through the opening of the Food Bank in the coming weeks.

As it’s doors open, I also hope and pray that the memories that are shared this Advent season when it comes, are hope filled ones, where it’s seen and felt that God’s church made a difference, and showed the love and care of God Himself to those in very real need.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Mill End/Maple Cross Foodbank

Did you know that 1 in 5 parents skip meals to feed their children or that some 13 million people in the UK live below the poverty line? 

To play our part seeing our communities transformed by the love of Christ in responding to that need locally, we are working with other churches to see a foodbank open to serve the people of Mill End and Maple Cross. We are working in partnership with the Trussell Trust (the UK leader in providing the expertise in helping local groups and churches start and run foodbanks) to support local people who are, in many cases, one paycheque away from a crisis.
 We would like you to play a part in realising this vision. This could, in time, be by helping collect food from local supermarkets, welcoming those who need an emergency food parcel, or sorting the stored food by date.

At this stage we are looking for some financial support to see the love of Christ transform this community. There will be buckets at the back of all three churches until 28th October - anything you are willing to give will make a huge difference in seeing this vision become reality.

More information on why food banks matter featured in a recent BBC report which you can read here.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Harvest Festivals 2012

Harvest Festivals

Come and join us for worship at
Maple Cross School 
on
7th October 
at
10.30 am 

or

St Thomas' Church, West Hyde
on
7th October 
at
6.00 pm

or

St Peter’s Church, Mill End
on
14th October
at
10.45 am

All Welcome


Harvest is a traditional time to become aware again of the good things that we have. This year we are financially supporting the Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal which is seeking to raise money for, and awareness of, the work of Christian Aid in the Dominican Republic.

Many people in the UK will think of the Dominican Republic as a luxury holiday destination, but there is great poverty and great inequality in the country - two out of five people are classed as ‘poor’; one out of five are classed as ‘extremely poor’ and one in five adults cannot read or write and one in ten people do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation.

A little goes a long way:
£2.50 could pay for seeds to set up a kitchen garden

£25.00 could pay for a gardening tool kit

£93.00 could pay for aday of emergency practise drills for a whole community
£293.00 could pay for a workshop for a whole community on preparing for natural disasters

We're also supporting locally the work of the Catholic Worker Farm in West Hyde again with our perishable and non perishable produce.

The farm are in particular need of any of the following:

Tins of chopped tomatoes
Home made Jam
Home made
Chutney Cooking oil
Nappies
Toilet paper
Sugar
Cheese
Juice
Porridge oats
Rice
Dried Beans
Lentils
Cous cous
Pasta

Many thanks in advance for your generosity.