WORLD CHURCH PROJECT
We are excited that Link to Hope is our new project over the next few years. The Project that we will be involved in is Future Change – based in Romania.
They are setting up a Kindergarten providing education and social care. There is so much help needed to educate and support families. They provide medical advice, help with birth certificates, and property. They run homework clubs which help with basic life skills and developing behaviour.
World Mission group
Read about shoeboxes and fundraising below and more about Link to Hope on their website by clicking on this logo.
LINK TO HOPE SHOEBOXES AND FUNDRAISING
The Shoeboxes that we send at Christmas are very much appreciated, especially at the moment. The Charity were delighted that they managed to collect over 20,000 boxes in difficult circumstances last year.
We will be supporting this Charity again this year and hopefully even more of us can get involved. This is a wonderful way to show love to the poorest people in Eastern Europe.
It is hard to believe that they live in temperatures as low as -25°c. Their houses are not heated and are poorly built huts/sheds. We have felt the cold over the last month, but we live in insulated warm houses! They really appreciate knee blankets approximately 3×3 feet (these are collected with the boxes). If you have a fleece this can be cut up.
The shoeboxes do far more than just provide gifts. Often when boxes are delivered, they discover the real needs of a family. One year a young baby had died of the cold. Another dwelling found an elderly lady sleeping on a cold stone floor. The charity was able to help with getting a bed and bedding.
Here are some ideas to collect for the Shoeboxes:
- small toys/dominoes/balls/playing cards/cars/yoyos
- candle holders and candles
- if you are knitting, we are usually short of mittens.
Do check out the website www.linktohope.co.uk or look on Facebook where is a short video, which had a huge impact on my granddaughter.
The leaflets have arrived, and I will put some in Church, or please contact me or Yvonne directly. Each box needs a whole leaflet. We would appreciate as many boxes being made up as possible. Hopefully, we will have a coffee morning in September/October.
Fundraising at the moment is going to be difficult but the charity is struggling to provide the usual support. Regular donations would be greatly appreciated.
- Make a donation by clicking on the button below
- If you would like to set up a standing order please contact David Worrall.
- If paying by cheque, please make it payable to’ The United Church CFL account’ to be sent direct to him. Please write Link to Hope on the back.
- If you are paying by online bank transfer, details are ‘The United Church Winchester CFL ‘account sort code 40-46-39 Account No 91386808.
Many thanks in anticipation for your support. We are a small committee and welcome any fundraising ideas.
World Mission Group
EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Our church community has decided to make Education for Sustainability a focus.
This means a focus across the whole community on education, awareness and our impact over time that is in tune with creation; consciously embracing environmental degradation as a call to transform how we live as a community – by linking up what we do, by learning, by creatively exploring our connections within nature, and our understanding of God.
Winchester Churches Christmas Project aims to help those in Winchester for whom Christmas can be a really difficult time. We show our Christian faith and witness in our practical help and our care for those we visit.
Despite the problems and restrictions, last year’s Christmas Project turned out as well as we could have hoped. All of us greatly missed the usual personal contact and shopping trips with families but we did what we could. We do know that we made a difference.
As I reported in Yours in February, we were thankful that, despite the anticipated problems, 70 volunteers from 13 different churches came forward, offering a range of skills and possibilities. As usual, they were amazingly thoughtful and creative in their planning! Wonderfully, we were able to help 33 families (47 adults and 74 children), 6 single people and 6 young people. That is almost as many people as in 2019!
We hope that this year’s Project might be more normal. We will be contacting volunteers from previous years directly to ask if they are able to help again this year. However, we are always in need of new volunteers (who would be paired with someone experienced). Please contact me for more information. We do need to know volunteer numbers by 5 November, please.
We know that funds are tight after the last year, but we would still be grateful for donations. There will be donation envelopes and boxes available in church from mid-October. Please make cheques payable to ‘Winchester Churches Christmas Project’. Individuals who would like to Gift Aid their donation should add ‘Gift Aid’ to the Project name on the cheque, use the special envelope, or provide their name and address and specify that it is to be Gift Aided, please. If you would prefer to give by bank transfer, please consult either me or our Treasurer, Jessica Tringham, for details.
Thank you to everyone for your prayerful and practical support.
Helen McTiffin (Joint Co-ordinator of the Project
with Janet Stewar
with Janet Stewar