Project Freedom – Vote now to try and get funding allocated.
Voting Closes 12 noon on 21 November 2017.
Slavery is not, of course something confined to the history books two hundred year ago. Modern Slavery, in its many forms, continues around us, all too often unrecognised, and the churches of Cheshire are already contributing to how the issues are addressed within Cheshire.
Register with Aviva Community Fund and Vote for Project Freedom – link here to read more, to register, and to vote.
To read more about Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network – click here
Winter Hope Assistance in Macclesfield (WHAM)
Last year, during the period from 16–19 December 2016 to 17–20 March 2017, 21 different male guests were given at least one night’s shelter with 104 nights’ accommodation provided in total. Guests, on average, stayed for 2¼ nights over a weekend; an increase on last year. Volunteers from over 15 churches have helped staff the Shelter. There have also been volunteers from individuals without known church connections.
This year it is intended to operate the Shelter from 15 December 2017 to 19 March 2018.
There will be two training sessions for volunteers for this coming winter:
Saturday 25 November from 1000 to 1230 – Volunteer Training
Obligatory session for all new volunteers and optional for previous volunteers. This will comprise an update on procedures followed by a Q&A session
Saturday 2 December from 1000 to 1230 – Shift Leader Training
Obligatory session for all shift leaders. Will generally be an interactive session
Both sessions will take place in the Bollington Room, United Reformed Church, Park Green, Macclesfield. Please make every effort to attend these sessions and it would be helpful to have an idea of numbers. If you would like to help in this work please talk to Veronica who will provide contact details. If you would like training but cannot attend the above dates, alternative sessions can be arranged.
This year, HOPE is looking for an Equipment Manager as an additional member of the core WHAM team. The main responsibilities are:
- Maintain the inventory of equipment
- Arrange replacement of any damaged or worn out equipment
- Supervise a review of equipment at the start of the WHAM season
- Organise (with Cre8) the transfer of equipment from church to church each week
- Check that the WHAM food stock is maintained
If anyone is interested in taking responsibility for all or part of this please contact Veronica.
On Thursday 16 June we were visited by Jenny (from Rainow) and Pastor Martin (founder of Bethel Children’s Home in Chennai, South East India) who gave us a brief presentation during the sermon slot at our 9.30 Communion service. We learnt a little more over coffee after the service.
India Direct is a charity based in the Macclesfield area, supporting work with children in Chennai (formerly known as Madras). It has a connection with Poynton School.
Pastor Martin now runs two children’s homes for orphans and the children of widows. Following the Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004, a second home, named Joy by local families, was built to house survivors of the disaster. With his wife Annie, and with the assistance of other staff members, Martin provides accommodation, food and the money for education in local schools for some of the poorest children in India. They also provide shelter and work for widows, as such people are shunned by their society as bringers of bad luck. The children of Bethel and Joy grow up to lead flourishing lives, capable of providing for themselves and their families.
The annual cost of running these two homes is £60,000. A donation to India Direct, the British-based charity supporting the work of Pastor Martin, helps to ensure that some of the most destitute children on earth can grow up with a future full of hope.
If you would like to learn more about the charity, visit their website. To download a monthly donation form click IndiaDirectmonthlydonation.
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Saturday 7 May at St Oswald’s
Wendy Luxon will be leading a session on Dementia Awareness.
The theme will be: learning more about dementia and considering how our church can become more dementia friendly.
(Light refreshments will be provided)
Next week, 15-21 May, is Dementia Awareness week – more info here
COME IN OUT OF THE COLD…
We will be asking for volunteers again this year please to sign up to provide a simple Lent Lunch in St Oswald’s on Thursdays between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. It is hoped to raise money for the Refugees Project we supported last autumn with our clothing collection. Refugees Aid in the North West of England is still sending out container loads of equipment, clothing and provisions to needy refugees, and the cost of transporting these goods needs to be covered too. There will be a list to sign up as a “customer” for these Lunches, as well as a request for volunteer cooks/providers! The Lunches will happen on 11/18/25 February and then on 10/17 March (i.e. not on 3 March). Please support this very worthy cause and also come along and enjoy good simple food and excellent company! Thank you.
You are warmly invited to come to an Open Evening hosted by Macclesfield Deanery Synod (a group of representatives from local Anglican churches) on Tuesday 02 February 2016 held at the Parish Church of St. Oswald in Bollington (Bollington Road, SK10 5EG) starting at 7.30pm for 7.45pm.
We live in a world where innocent people are routinely tortured and imprisoned without trial in many countries…
Some manage to escape, traumatised and destitute. Some make their way to the UK and apply for asylum. Unfortunately they then face a new set of challenges. Making their case in a foreign language, wrestling with a bureaucracy that seems like a terrifying reminder of the state they have escaped. Living on the breadline, often surrounded by hostility and contempt. With the terror of being repatriated to certain abuse and likely execution.
Freedom From Torture is the charitable organisation that used to be known as the Medical Foundation For The Care Of Victims Of Torture. Their nearest centre – and one of their busiest – is in Manchester, and their staff include lawyers, doctors, psychiatrists, and concerned citizens with many professional backgrounds who reassure, nurture, heal and legally represent thousands of desperate people who previously believed that no-one in the world cared about them. Their work is astonishing, their commitment and humanity is humbling. And the necessity of what they do is sadly growing by the day. Freedom From Torture is a totally professional and accountable organization. They run treatment centres and provide professional therapy to children, young people, adults and families who have been devastated by torture in their own country. Offering also training, supervision and consultancy to local doctors, NHS Trusts, and other non-statutory services that work with refugees or in mental health, they provide medico-legal reports to asylum seekers whose applications are otherwise likely to be or have been rejected, to support their asylum claims.
We hope that you and your friends will join us for this free event, which will undoubtedly be both challenging and inspirational, as members of the charity Freedom From Torture join us to demonstrate their work, their successes, the principles that drive them and their need for moral and financial support. Our objective is to offer information to local people and to reach out to this organisation which itself reaches out to so many people. The work of Freedom From Torture is increasingly vital and daunting in its complexity. What they do reminds us what it means to be both human and humane.
As Christian churches we need look no further than what Jesus gave us as our mission of reaching out: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
For more information: Keith Ravenscroft 01625 820041: email email@example.com
A message from Cristel Berridge, Founder and CEO of Hampers of Hope…
Thank you for your support!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at St Oswald’s for all the support we have received, throughout 2015. With your help we were able to deliver 350 Christmas hampers to those who find this time of year a particular struggle.
In the last year we have made a huge impact in our communities.
We have now fed over 5000 people, helped +25 people back into work, reduced social isolation, opened two more Hope Centres, reduced crime, helped people keep their homes and families together, kept people warm; healthy and alive.
I have enclosed a Certificate for you to display in church as a token of our appreciation to everyone at St Oswald’s.