Knitting for Ugandan babies

The charity “Born on the Edge” is currently working on a project at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in the east of Uganda. They are setting up a ward for babies that are born too soon or too small. These children are not able to control their body temperature properly and, even in a warm country like Uganda, need tiny hats, cardigans and blankets in order to keep warm enough to survive.
Our “Bollington Church News” editor, Katharine Howe, enlisted the help of a group of knitting volunteers among our congregation to help support the charity. On Sunday 14 December a large selection of knitted items was displayed at the front of the church to be be blessed before being packed to be sent off to Uganda. At this time in the Church’s year we remember how Mary gave birth to the baby Jesus in difficult circumstances far from home.
In early 2015 we heard of the discharge from hospital of the first baby to have a “Bollington hat”!
A big “Thank You” to all who have helped in this marathon effort, some of whom are shown in the group photo.

Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union

St Oswald’s support for Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has famously criticised payday lenders such as Wonga, and vowed to put them out of business by promoting credit unions as an ethical alternative. He has set up a Task Group to develop the Church of England’s on-going support for local credit unions as part of a more competitive financial sector which encourages responsible lending and saving. (see more on the Church of England website).
Our Parochial Church Council has recently agreed to support our local Credit Union by investing some of our parish reserves with them. Investing our money in the credit union provides funds that can be used to help people needing short-term funds at ethical interest rates.
Individuals within the congregation may also wish to support Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union. To find more details call into Macclesfield Library from 10.00am to 12.00 noon on Thursdays or visit their website.
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Help support our local Food Bank

An ongoing appeal!

As part of our Harvest Thanksgiving, we have always chosen from a wide range of charity appeals and our Harvest focus has recently included collecting money for Christian Aid, or Send-A-Cow, or Water Aid, or Farm Africa, or the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy. For the 2012 Harvest Appeal we started working in co-operation with our companion churches in Bollington to gather together non-perishable food items under the umbrella of “Hampers of Hope”. This is part of the North-East Cheshire Food-bank, a voluntary organisation which provides emergency food parcels for local families who find themselves in critical need of provisions, often not knowing where their family’s next meal is coming from. You may be thinking that such a situation surely doesn’t arise here on our doorstep in Bollington and Kerridge! But sadly our present economic climate has indeed brought what we often think of as solely “Third World” desperation much closer to home.

The volunteers at Hampers of Hope work in partnership with frontline care professionals to identify people in need. The recipients of the emergency hampers (which aim to include a minimum of three days’ worth of non-perishable foodstuffs) may well be adept at keeping their plight hidden from their neighbours, often feeling shocked that this unexpected crisis situation could somehow have happened to them, when in normal circumstances they have been able to cope alright in the past. Hampers of Hope works with all the recipients in confidence, respecting their privacy, but providing a vital lifeline at a time of particular need.

Bollington Life Church acts as a Collection and Distribution Point for Hampers of Hope in our immediate locality. On Sunday 7 October 2012, members of all the Christian Churches in Bollington came together for a joint Harvest Service at 3.00pm in the Church at Hawthorn Road. We brought along to this service a variety of non-perishable foodstuffs to add to the Hampers of Hope store cupboards.

But this help is needed as an ongoing support throughout the years. We are still collecting for Hampers of Hope at the back of church (look out for the big red bin). Why not go shopping tomorrow at your favourite supermarket and take advantage of any BOGOF offers on some of the following products? These include:

milk (UHT or powdered); sugar (500g); long-life fruit juice; fruit squash; soup; pasta sauces; tinned sponge pudding; tinned tomatoes; cereals; tinned rice pudding; tea bags; instant coffee; rice; pasta; instant mashed potato; tinned meat or fish; tinned fruit; jam; biscuits; snack bars.

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Just think what you yourself would welcome as a life-saving gift of staple foods if you were to find yourself in a similarly desperate situation. Please take the trouble to put those extras into your own shopping trolley when the opportunity arises and bring them to St Oswald’s on Sundays from now on.

Thank you.

Veronica