I am with you always, to the close of the age
Matthew 28:20
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


Mission

CHRISTCHURCH CHARITABLE GIVING FOR 2019
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.

April Bible Society International Charity  
May Christian Aid International 
June Family Haven Local Based in Spa 
July Feed the Minds International Anglican-sponsored 
August Church Urban Fund National Organisation 
September Tearfund International Christian charity providing relief; 
October Listening Post Local Christian counselling emotional stress 
November Council for World Mission Denominational URC-based 
December Action for Children National UK charity 
January 2020 Pied Piper Local Charity 

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 will be moved to 2020.

  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 from Christchurch and deliver to the Foodbank 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 Bank represents an important part of our giving to benefit local people, and this is recognised at Morning Communions where the Food Bank Hamper is brought forward and presented with the offertory.

The total weight of the contributions for 2018 was 636.351kg (i.e more than half a tonne!!)  In addition, there were 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 
CEREAL        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
CONTACT  FOODBANK       TEL: 01452 30968301452 309683       
E-MAIL: info@food-bank.org.uk


The St Ann Society of Gloucester

The City of Gloucester, England, is twinned with the Parish of St Ann,
Jamaica. Twinning activities are organised via the St Ann Society, Gloucester.
Aims And Objectives of The St Ann Society of Gloucester
· To promote friendship and understanding between the communities
of the city of Gloucester, England and the parish of St Ann, Jamaica
· To strengthen educational and cultural links between the two
communities.
· To stimulate and foster mutual exchanges between teachers,
healthcare workers and young people of the two communities
· To render aid and assistance in whatever form is considered to be
beneficial to the health, education and welfare of either community
· To organise fund-raising activities to support the objectives of
the Society and where financial need is urgently required in
cases of natural and health-care Emergencies
The Society is currently raising funds to assist the parish of St Ann
with urgent healthcare needs for its population. This project is
personally supported by the Jamaica High Commissioner, the Mayor of
St Ann and the Mayor of Gloucester who is the President of the St Ann
Society.
Members of Jubilate and individual contributions from members and
young people at Christchurch will be joined by a Black Gospel Choir and a
talented young soloist from Gloucester.
Christchurch members are asked to help and encourage others to
help make this concert a success as we seek to raise as much money as
possible to help our twinned city of St Ann.
Thank you
Carole Francis-McGann, Chair, St Ann Society Gloucester



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.

On Saturday 23rd November the charity was ‘Action for Children’ and the organisers were Peter & Audrey Staite. A number of other Christchurch folk were also involved, taking turns to man the barriers and collect the money
The total raised was £328



AGAPE
(Abbeymead, Gooty and Abbeydale Partnership in Education)

Christchurch Abbeydale contributed towards the "AGAPE" project over a number of years, along with other donors from the local community, schools and businesses.  Project donations are being used to rebuild an Elementary School in the Indian village of Gooty.  A forecast small surplus of funds will be dedicated towards the equipping of the new school.

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