Reporting – March 2018

Dear Friends

I imagine like me looking out on the snow of these last few days your thoughts and prayers have included those who sleep in the open at night. Thankfully the council has a severe weather protocol which is triggered when the temperatures drop below zero. They offer overnight accommodation for people at local hotels and guest houses. Last weekend we took Churches Together new ‘Homeless Lunches’ initiative. The idea is that each church forms teams of three or four people to provide lunch for rough sleepers on Saturdays and Sundays. Numbers have been small ranging from four to nine but those who have come have appreciated the food and conversation greatly. The lunches are held currently at the URC but it is hoped that we will operate out of The Link on Waterside in the near future. Food, washing facilities and clothing are available at The Link on each weekday morning except Wednesday.

Each year we take part in the Shakespeare Birthday Procession by having a representative of the church walk with the Churches Together Group and by serving refreshments for the school children taking part and passers-by. This year groups and organisations have been invited to join the procession with ‘walking floats’. We are going to form a float on the theme of Noah’s Ark. The plan is to involve people of various ages dressed as animals and Noah and his family and carry a bright banner bearing the church name. This fits in neatly with one of the things we have been challenged to do by our District Evangelism Enabler the Rev’d Trey Hall. He has asked all congregations to get outside the walls of their church and contribute to the life of our local community instead of waiting for the local community to seek us out.

Thank you to everyone who has sent reports to Margaret or Colette for the Annual Church Report. Time is tight but the report will be with you a week to a fortnight before the Annual Church Meeting on 24th March.

Kind regrads
Audrey Simpson