Marlow Methodist Church
Sharing God's Love
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Marlow Methodist Church (MMC) supports a number of charities, a few notes about some of these are listed below. If you would like to get involved in supporting these or other charities with the church or just to find out more, please pop in to see us.
Wycombe Homeless Connection
- incorporating Wycombe Winter Night Shelter.
Wycombe Homeless Connection is a local charity that gives help to those who are homeless or face homelessness.
In your prayers this week please pray for those who find themselves homeless for whatever reason. In particular give thanks that during Lockdown homeless people in Wycombe have been found accommodation of their own thanks to the generosity of the local community and Government help.
Please also pray for the current work of the WHC staff team as they plan ahead to address the needs of homeless people in uncertain circumstances - to enable previously rough sleepers to stay off the streets following the Lockdown - to assist those threatened with eviction to find appropriate alternatives - and to help those with physical and mental health issues to find appropriate assistance.
first published 12-July-20
For details of how to get involved and/or how to donate please go to the website - www.wyhoc.org.uk
Debt Advice Centre
River Church Maidenhead has operated a CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Debt Centre since 2018 and has now expanded the service to Marlow and Bourne End. CAP is a Christian charity with a mission to release families from poverty caused by debt. The charity worked with more than 29,000 people nationally and has seen a rise in cases during the pandemic. Visit www.capuk.org for more information.
One Can - A Treat for Christmas - your help is requested please
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This year the One Can Team is asking for donations of "Christmassy" food items to make up hampers to give to all the clients in early December. Please help by popping a few items aside to make a difference to someone's Christmas. Donations can be placed in the collection point at Sainsbury's or M&S or please call Jackie Duxbury on 01628 481296 to arrange an alternative collection or pick up point.
Please drop off donations between 16th and 27th November - Please note we cannot accept donations for Christmas items beyond these dates.
The Christmas Donation List is:
- Mince Pies
- Christmas Puddings
- Luxury Biscuits
- Crackers for Cheese
- Boxes of Chocolates
- Boxed Stuffing
- Candy Canes
- Sharing bags of Crisps
- Jars of Chutney / Pickle
- Luxury Bath Soak and Body Cream
(please include items that are suitable for gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan and don't include alcohol)
Any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01494 512277
Action for Children
The following is an extract from the Action for Children website:
"From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK.
We help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. We make life better for children with disabilities. We influence policy and advocate for change. Our 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 600 services, improving the lives of 370,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. We succeed by doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children. ...
From our origins running children's homes, our work has spanned three centuries, developing services for children that are proven to work. We work in partnership with other charities, local authorities and health services, and are supported by a team of experts and specialists. Evidence drives everything we do. "
Action For Children has been working to change the lives of vulnerable children in the UK for 150 years.
The vision is that every child and young person in the UK has a safe and happy childhood and the foundations they need to thrive. Action For Children does this by working closely with children and their families from before they are born until their twenties.
In nurseries and children's centres expert staff make sure children get the best start in life. Foster, adoption and modern residential services find children a loving home. Those who have been abused or neglected are protected, and help is given to children who care for others or find themselves homeless. Young people are given the tools to look after their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Last year the charity reached 387,000 children, young people and families in the UK.
Action for Children have been helping the most vulnerable families across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.
Before coronavirus hit, there were over 4 million children in the UK locked in poverty. During the outbreak vulnerable families in all of our communities reached breaking point and Action for Children has been doing all it can to help by supporting families to cover the cost of basic essentials, like food, nappies, cleaning products and gas and electricity.
If you are able and would like to make a donation to Action For Children please visit:
where you can find out more about the impact the charity has on children, young people and their families.
The MMC community raise funds for Action for Children with home collecting boxes, Christmas card sales and meal events.
Whitechapel Mission, London
The following is an extract from the Whitechapel Mission website:
"The Whitechapel Mission has been serving the homeless and marginalised for 141 years - including a day centre, skills training and career advice, activity programmes and specialist support for complex needs. By encouraging each person to address the issues which caused their homelessness, we help them to gain the skills and confidence to make lasting changes in their lives.
We believe everyone deserves a chance, regardless of their background, race or religion.
We are open every day of the year and expect to see as many as 300 homeless and vulnerable men and women each day. And we do this without public funding.
We know that we can, and are, making a positive and lasting difference to the homeless who ask for our help. "
The MMC community raise funds and, each winter, collect clothes, blankets and other items, that are taken to the Whitechapel Mission.
( see also further down this page in the weekly focus section )
The following is an extract from the Christian Aid website:
" We are a partnership of people, churches and local organisations committed to ending poverty worldwide. ...
We believe we can achieve even more when we team up with others, and so work alongside partners, donors and organisations to fight poverty and injustice. ...
We regularly run projects on behalf of governmental and other major donors, including UK Aid and the European Commission, and are active members of 30 networks promoting excellence in the delivery of humanitarian and development programmes ..."
The MMC community raise funds for Christian Aid with donation collections, raising awareness eg. through the Christian Aid week, and promoting and taking part in the annual sponsored walk.
Wycombe Homeless Connection
The following is an extract from the Wycombe Homeless Connection website:
" At Wycombe Homeless Connection, we help homeless people rebuild their lives. We assist them to climb out of the homelessness trap and take their place back in the community.
You could say we fight injustice. Or you could say we help individuals overcome the housing shortage, the unintended consequences of government policies, unwise life choices, poverty, poor health, bad upbringing, complex bureaucracy … it’s quite a list.
Either way: with the help of a small dedicated staff and an army of local volunteers, we help homeless people overcome the obstacles they face in finding or keeping accommodation and achieving stability."
The MMC community raise funds for Wycombe Homeless Connection and visit the centre to provide listening ears, help and support.
Our church is a collection point for One Can donations.
More information at www.onecantrust.org.uk
Happy Children's Home, Nepal
A home and school for children in Nepal.
Happy Children's Home was founded by Sukbahdur and his wife Bhimawati in 1996. That was the same year that Paddy returned to Nepal, having been based in Kathmandu in the early 1970s, and visited Sukbahdur who had been his driver back then. It was this encounter that resulted in Paddy committing to support the Children's Home and later MMC broadening this support.
The Home remains a small family - based project. The Home Manager is himself someone who has been brought up in the home and both Swarnim and his wife Mamata are wonderfully dedicated to giving the 16 residential and 6 non-residential children the best start in life possible.
It is a real privilege to be able to help the Home.
The MMC community raise funds for the Children's Home and visit the home in Nepal - all who visit come back exhausted, but full of praise.
Some of our weekly focus charities are featured below:
MMC has supported the Naval & Military Bible Society (NMBS) for many years. Our allegiance is not just because it is the oldest Bible Society in the world, but because of our close links with HM Forces and particularly the RAF. The Society's declared mission is to provide Bibles and scriptural material for use by the armed forces, cadet units and merchant marine seafarers. All such literature is given at no cost, though donations are welcome. For full details, please go to www.nmbs.org.uk.
Methodist Church World Mission Fund
this supports a number of mission and education programmes administered through global relationships.
Information can be found at www.methodist.org.uk/ ... /world-mission-fund
Wycombe Youth for Christ base their work on prayer. The team, led by Erica Holt, sends us a weekly update on their activities so that we are able to pray for them at our weekly 10.30am prayer meeting on Saturdays. The Church support them financially as do some of our members.
Over the years they have built up strong links with schools in the Wycombe area and are seeking to reconnect with them despite Covid-19. They support and encourage after-school clubs, Christian Unions, school staff, and families by offering a variety of free resources on their website. They have now been invited to lead Zoom school assemblies.
The team build up strong links with their supporters and volunteers through prayer, offering help and displaying generosity of spirit.
All We Can is an international development and emergency relief organisation, that aims to focus on those in greatest need. It is inspired by Christian principles, and is an integral part of the Methodist family.
All We Can helps find solutions to poverty by engaging with local people and organisations in some of the world’s poorest communities to end the suffering caused by inequality and injustice. www.allwecan.org.uk
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is a Christian based charity which has been bringing aid and relief to remote areas in developing countries for 75 years.
MAF operates 131 light aircraft flying over jungles, mountains, swamps and deserts to enable more than 2.000 aid, development and mission organizations to bring medical care, emergency relief, long term development and Christian hope to thousands of communities.
The Corona virus has had a major impact on MAF’s work, especially in Africa where flights have been reduced by approximately 80% as many countries have put severe restrictions on flying. Please pray for Africa and MAF’s continued ability to serve it’s people.
Marlow Methodist Church Outreach fund and some individual Church members have been supporting MAF for many years.
If you wish to know more about MAF’s very important work around the world or wish to contribute, please visit their website
Whitechapel Methodist Mission - has cared for and fed homeless and destitute people in the east end of London since the 1870s - about three hundred people visit the mission every day for a cooked breakfast, shower, clean clothes ,and to talk to someone who cares about them.
Marlow Methodist Church outreach fund and some individual church members have been supporting the mission since 1992. Also an annual collection of clothes, toiletries and non-perishable food takes place at the end of each year.
During the Covid 19 pandemic some centres closed down and more people are visiting the mission for help. The staff team have been following government guidelines and have been coping well - the homeless are given a take away breakfast and a packed lunch (more than 100,000 free meals served during the pandemic).
Please pray for the staff and homeless at Whitechapel - for more information and to make a donation - visit https://whitechapel.online
(or www.whitechapel.org.uk )
The Peace and Hope Trust
A charity with a Christian ethos working amongst poor and marginalised communities in Nicaragua since 1996.
Many volunteers, including young people from our church, have caught the vision to help a country that is regularly affected by natural disasters,hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and now this terrible virus. It is one of the neediest in the Western Hemisphere.
At the moment they ask for prayer for church members who are visiting the ill-equipped hospitals offering support, Christian love, food and basic hygiene kits.
More information can be found at www.peaceandhope.org.uk
Their motto, "Sympathy is no substitute for action" David Livingstone
One Can has been working very hard during lockdown to help those families across the area in desperate need of food. Many of the usual volunteers had to withdraw as they were over 70 and all the distribution points (like Marlow Methodist Church), were closed, so everything has been done by home delivery from the Wycombe Depot, with a new team of younger people, many of whom were on furlough.
Throughout June there were 846 sets of food parcels given out, helping to support 1722 people including 692 children. In comparison, last year, the average number of referrals was just over 100 each week. Deliveries of £25,000 worth of food have been delivered each month. This is a mammoth task, ensuring that the right mix of food items are available to be able to fill the parcels with a good nutritional mix.
As shop, school and church collection points were inevitably closed, the Street Hero Scheme was set up so that people could donate food in their own street or locality and those who were able to, delivered the donations to the Food bank. I know several of these were set up in and around Marlow. This still left a shortfall of food and One Can has received many very generous donations of money which has allowed it to cope with the increased demand.
We are very grateful that we were able to deliver some of the Tom Kerridge “Meals for Marlow” meals to the people in Marlow who had been referred to One Can for help. This scheme ended at the end of June. They were all immensely appreciative of these and I thank Alison Pearce and her team for all she did to help with this particular aspect of One Can’s ongoing work. Food parcels are still being delivered weekly in Marlow by One Can and also the new scheme “Meals From Marlow” is supporting our clients with meals twice a week if possible. Thank you for continuing to support the One Can Trust.
If you would like know more or if you would like to offer support please refer to the website on how to donate, https://onecantrust.org.uk. or give me a call - Jackie Duxbury.
The Leprosy Mission
Every two minutes, someone is diagnosed with leprosy. That's more than 200,000 new cases a year. Although it is curable, millions of people worldwide are living with the effects of the disease, from physical disability to mental health problems, poverty and discrimination.
Please visit www.leprosymission.org.uk for information and/or to donate.
Here is a message from Chris Stratta who led our online worship earlier this year -
'I’m getting in touch to say thank you so much to you all at Marlow Methodist Church and the other churches in the circuit for your support of ‘Hospital Heroes’, the remarkable staff at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital in Myanmar, back in May.
The staff and patients would like to thank you, so we have produced a short video that includes personal messages of thanks from all of them to all of you. After all, you are their heroes too!'
The video can be watched on YouTube here
When crisis arrived on our doorsteps this year, neighbourly love helped us through. Could you and your neighbours help more communities still facing crisis around the world?
Communities living in poverty face crisis every day, but neighbourly love is powerful.
With your support, vulnerable communities are joining forces with their neighbours to overcome crisis together.
Extract from Christian Aid website - Autumn Appeal
Christian Aid hosted a Service of Reflection on Wednesday 4th November - a recording of this - can be viewed here
Embrace the Middle East.
For over 150 years this charity has worked and still continues to work with Christian communities in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Marlow Methodist has supported them for many years.
While we in UK are trying to manage and eventually recover from the covid -19 pandemic, Embrace is encouraging us to remember their partners living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. In particular their appeal for urgent healthcare in Gaza. For communities who lack access to basic healthcare, the impact of Coronavirus has the potential to be catastrophic.
To donate please see their website www.embraceme.org.
On a more positive side they see this situation is in fact, " an opportunity to spread the message of reconciliation, peace and conflict resolution."
Thanks are given that Palestinian and Israeli, Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities have come together to support one another in prayer and action both in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It is good to see local churches in East Jerusalem and the West Bank trying to steer the community through this storm.
Please continue to pray for the Middle East with all its difficulties.
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