LINK TO HOPE
Helen has registered us for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal already in which we send shoe boxes over to Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and Ukraine with Christmas gifts for families or. alternatively, for an elderly person. Now is the time to look out for small suitable gifts. This year Link to Hope are promoting special bags for education. The bags cost £5 each. For these we can help by supplying pens, pencils, coloured and lead ones, rubbers etc.
The YMCA caters for young people aged from 16 – 25 who might otherwise be homeless. Helen and Rita have been volunteering at the Foyer for a few months now and are part of a team of 8 or 9 volunteers from across the churches in Crawley who are rota-ed to prepare evening meals each Tuesday night for the young people who reside there. The young people are pleased to see them and thankful for the meal and enjoy the social time
They would be grateful for our prayers for the volunteers and the young people. Donations of practical things like cooking equipment, large pans, cutlery, crockery would be gratefully received.
The young residents often arrive with nothing, so any items that might help them ie bedding, self-catering equipment and young peoples’ clothes are also needed.
Thank you very much to those who continue to support children’s work in this way through their giving boxes and by supporting the Christingle Service held earlier this year.
FAMILY SUPPORT WORK
Over the 9months since FSW has been operating in Crawley Becky has met with 34 families and is in weekly contact with 17. About 70% include a child with autism, often struggling to get a diagnosis. She is taking 3 local families to a place called Dalesdown for an activity weekend.
Volunteers are needed. Becky now needs to build up a volunteer base. If anyone in our congregation would offer to volunteer that would be so good. All volunteers do have to be DBS checked.
FSW have their own foodbank. The most needed items are those most families like, ketchup, mayonnaise jam, cereals and long-life milk. If anyone can supply any of these Becky will collect them from our churches. FSW has money to support Becky for 3 years.
Our Lent Lunches raised £463. Our best sum ever. Open House were overjoyed to receive our cheque. Last year you may remember we supplied every resident with a new pair of jeans but this year they asked if they could have the money as their grant from the county council has been stopped.
Thank goodness for Open House, Family Support Work and YMCA who are here to help young people and families.
We continue to pray for the persecuted church as part of a continuing wave of worldwide prayer.
Individual congregation members regularly support Open Doors through standing orders and Alan has received and forwarded £80 to Open doors from unsolicited gifts in the past few months.
(for further information go to https://www.opendoorsuk.org)