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.
Charities on this page (select to shortcut):
Barnabas Fund works to provide hope and aid for the persecuted Church, from Christians, to Christians, through Christians.
The main ministry is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders.
Barnabas seeks to encourage and facilitate prayer by providing prayer information, prayer requests and resources in many different formats.
It makes known the plight of the persecuted Church, in order to educate Christians and others about the current situation and needs as well as the background and causal factors.
Barnabas is continuing to help some of the very neediest of our brothers and sisters as they struggle with ongoing Covid-related suffering. Some have been hungry and malnourished for months, or even for years where Covid comes on top of long-term drought. For some hand-washing is a major challenge, and vaccinations just a dream. Some are dealing with malaria, locusts or other natural disasters at the same time as Covid-19. Some live in countries cut off by sanctions from the aid they desperately need. Many are refugees, from Syria, Tigray, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nagorno-Karabakh and elsewhere.
The good news is that money goes a long way in many of these countries.
£20 provides a monthly food parcel for a widow and her children in Pakistan.
£45 could buy enough ePap porridge, enriched with protein, vitamins and minerals, for 10 malnourished children for a month.
£39 would buy clothes for a family of 5 people who lost everything in the fire at the Rohingya refugee camp.
£50 would cover food relief, seeds, tree seedlings & training in agroforestry for a Kenyan farmer devastated by plagues of locusts.
For more details, please see
100% of donations for specific needs is used for those projects.
If you cannot give money, please pray for the work.
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.
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 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 )
One Can - Food Bank - Trust
- information as at Feb 2021
Across the UK, charities that offer food and essential household goods are facing record levels of demand and many are struggling to keep up with this huge demand. Many more families are struggling as underlying economic and social issues are laid bare by the pandemic. The demand at One can is equally high with support being more than double what it was last year before Covid. Over the next couple of weeks, it is hoped to take on and help an extra 100 families, and there's no two ways around it, more food is needed. Please help if you can.
The Street Hero campaign has been hugely successful and has contributed a staggering amount of food since the beginning of the pandemic. Over the last week a new campaign has gained over 80 new Street Heroes and 4 of these have come from Marlow Methodist Church, so thank you for your support.
The number of people currently being supported is as follows:
Wants and Needs for the latest list visit
Are you giving anything up for Lent?
With Lent having started on Wednesday 17th February, you may be making Lenten sacrifice. If so, you could consider putting the money you would otherwise have spent into a jar for One Can? Every penny adds up and will help us buy food for those who need our support.
Please continue to donate food in the boxes in Sainsbury’s, M&S, or in several Local Street Hero Boxes, or by sending monetary donations direct to One Can or become a Street Hero yourself.
Thank you all for your continuing help and support.
If you would like to know more or if you would like to offer support please refer to the website on how to donate - https://onecantrust.org.uk.
In normal times - Our church is a collection point for One Can donations - we'll advise here when we are able to resume this.
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.
When crisis arrived on our doorsteps in 2020, 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 2020
Christian Aid hosted a Service of Reflection on Wednesday 4th November 2020 - a recording of this - can be viewed here
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 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
The MMC community raise funds for Wycombe Homeless Connection and visit the centre to provide listening ears, help and support.
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.
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 organisation operating 26 programmes in developing countries to reach the world’s forgotten people - those living out of sight, out of mind and out of hope. With land access denied by inaccessible terrain - due to natural disaster, war or economic crisis - thousands of communities are completely isolated.
Operating 138 light aircraft, MAF’s pilots fly into more than 1,400 remote destinations.
Whether landing in deserts or jungles, on lakes, rivers, tracks or roads, MAF planes transport essential medical care, food, water, relief teams and church workers to those in desperate need.
Each flight carries practical help, spiritual hope and physical healing to thousands of men, women and children for whom flying is not a luxury but a lifeline.
MAF is flying for life
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 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 -
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
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 last year ( and 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
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.
Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest
I became a Trustee of QVSR in June 2020, and I joined at a stimulating time. The name "QVSR" is most closely associated with the accommodation provided to retired seafarers and others in East India Dock Road, Poplar. But the recent past presented, and the immediate future offers, exciting further opportunities.
As to the accommodation, the major 10-year refurbishment programme has continued throughout the COVID crisis: unspectacular work increasing the energy efficiency and security of the rambling complex, and obvious improvements like the creation of en-suite facilities throughout. The atmosphere is no longer that of a hostel, more like that of a budget hotel: and the 50 staff have a lot to do with that.
As for the residents, there are now over 160. COVID placed enormous stress upon Alex Campbell and his team to run the operation in a safe and COVID-compliant way serving a community of single men who were themselves under the emotional strain of isolation. Unfortunately, the virus claimed the lives of 3 residents. Others tested positive. One of those who was rushed to hospital, later wrote:
"Yep, I realise and understand they may simply say they were doing their job, but from my perspective, at clearly one of the most vulnerable times of my life, as dramatic as it may sound, it’s something I will NEVER forget".
As well as providing accommodation, QVSR is developing its programme of moving residents on to social housing: and here we will look at the possibility of a link-up with the work of Whitechapel Mission.
But COVID also brought into sharp focus the other side of QVRS’s work – the provision of services to active seafarers at Tilbury and London Gateway. Some of those seafarers were from visiting container ships and others were the 1600 crew of 5 cruise liners trapped at Tilbury. Although QVSR’s shore-based recreational facilities had to close, its chaplains continued to work, sorting out welfare issues, assisting with visa problems and helping repatriation, arranging accommodation pending flights home; and whilst the sailors were trapped aboard (often without pay) providing SIM cards and MiFi units to enable contact with families to be maintained, and operating a gangway service of food and toiletries (all aided by substantial funding from other charities). Through this work QVSR came to be regarded as one of the four major maritime charities, informing Government policy, and enhancing its standing amongst seafarers’ welfare bodies. Alex Campbell was awarded an OBE for his work.
This has opened new opportunities. There is now the possibility that QVSR will take over the running of seafarers’ centres at other major ports and will strongly develop that side of its work. We are looking at radical organisational change to enable this growth and are reassessing the way we present ourselves to the world. Part of that re-assessment will involve a renewed emphasis upon QVSR’s role as the Seamen’s Mission of the Methodist Church. Maybe that “strapline” from the 1840’s needs a little buffing-up, but the sentiment it conveys must and will still shine through.
I know that QVSR greatly values the support Marlow Methodist Church gives each year: it is explicitly acknowledged in its reports. I also know that Alex Campbell (the CEO) has fond memories of his visit to us. Thank you for your support in prayer and giving. Do visit www.qvsr.org.uk: and have a look at the video vignettes telling the story of QVSR.
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