Be still and know that I am God
Psalms 46:10
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


Mission

CHRISTCHURCH CHARITABLE GIVING FOR 2020
These proposals are based on: recommendation of Church Council that each of
the denominational missionary charities are supported biennially, suggestions
from church members and the need to balance our focus on Third World
countries with a variety of local and national charities.
February - 
April -   
May -
June - 
July -
August - 
September -
October - 
November -
December -
January - 

If there is a need for an emergency collection at any point (e.g. in response to a
humanitarian disaster), the charity that is displaced may be moved to 2021.

  There is a weekly collection of food on a Sunday from Christchurch co-ordinated by Mike and Mavis Wood


We continue to collect each Sunday at Christchurch and deliver to the foobank in Great Western Road, a considerable amount of donations. From the comments we get from the volunteers who work hard at the centre we realise how much the contributions are needed and valued.

The food represents an important part of our giving to benefit local people and this is recognised at Morning Communions where the Foodbank Hamper is brought forward and presented with the offertory.
The total weight of the contributions for 2018 was 636kg (i.e. more than half a tonne!!). In addition, there where several financial donations. A big thank you to all who have generously given to this charity for which there is an ever growing need.
Mavis Wood

FOOD WE NEED
While the stock of food is at a healthy level foodbank still have items that  they are short of. Hence an up to date list of food items  needed is given below.


FOODBANK SHOPPING LIST
LONG LIFE MILK
LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE 
PACKET MASH
TINNED COLD MEAT 
BISCUITS
TINNED RICE PUDDING
CHOCOLATE TREATS FOR CHILDREN
TINNED SPONGE PUDDING FOR FAMILIES
TINNED FRUIT
PACKETS PASTA’N’SAUCE
PACKETS SAVOURY RICE 
CEREALS
SUGAR
FUNDING & RECYCLING


Many of you are aware that we need funds towards our running costs to keep the foodbank open. Half of our costs are covered through standing orders. Currently we are managing to cover the remaining costs through one off donations plus the occasional grant. While we are very grateful for all donations this is not guaranteed income. If you know of anyone who would like to support us by making a regular donation please get in touch with us and we can send a standing order form.
To help raise funds on a regular basis we now have an agreement with a recycling company ‘RAG-BAG’ who will pay us for textiles in any condition. If any of you have textiles to recycle why not bring it along with your regular food donation. Or you can do a one off textile harvest within your organisation. Here is a list of items you can donate for recycling:
BEDLINEN, CURTAINS, TOWELS, CLOTHING, 
PAIRED SHOES, HANDBAGS, BELTS.
The Foodbank can be contacted on 01452 309683 or 01452 309683       
E-Mail: info@food-bank.org.uk


Christmas Shoe-box Appeal
The Mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world and together with the local Church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ'.
The time of year is here again when we can think about sending a box full of love to a needy child somewhere in the world through the Samaritan's Purse organisation. We have been doing this as a church for many years now and I hope that we can respond to the need once again this year. Most of you will know how it works but here is a reminder. If you are able to take part you will need a medium sized shoe box, which should be covered in Christmas wrapping paper. You can then have fun choosing small gifts to go in it, according to the age and gender of the child you wish it to go to. If you knit then you can make a hat, or gloves or finger puppets to go in it. There are certain restrictions as to what is allowed in the boxes and this you can read about in the leaflet which will be available in church. As before participants are asked to give a donation towards the shipping costs of their box.

DID YOU KNOW ?

SATURDAYS AT THE RIKENEL CAR PARK GLOUCESTER
This car park is used during the week by NHS staff working out of the adjacent Rikenel Building - but on a Saturday it is made available for fund raising by charities.

The car park is manned by volunteers from the chosen charity and a charge / donation collected, all of which goes to the charity concerned.