MISSION

WORLD CHURCH PROJECT

Link to Hope is our project over the next few years.  The Project that we are 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.

See latest news below

Ann Coleman and Yvonne North

 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

Ukraine is in everyone’s thoughts at this terrible time. The suffering is unimaginable.

One of the Project Managers houses has been destroyed by shelling. At that moment his family and a big part of the Church had escaped.

This is the reality of life in Ukraine now.

The Family and Elderly Shoebox appeal is ready to go. Your shoeboxes will be needed more than ever. There are so many more people this year that need them. We ask that everyone in the Church will fill a box this year. Leaflets should arrive soon.

We hope to have coffee mornings and tea afternoons to help fill more boxes. Knitters and sewers have been hard at work and are making good progress. Drawstring bags will also be much appreciated as these can be used for storage. Please let us have spare mugs and head scarves and reading glasses which we were short of last year. We have been collecting since January and now need to begin to fill boxes. Donations are always needed but we would really appreciate more boxes being made up by you. Please also  ask friends and family to collect items too.

These people have lost EVERYTHING and will have to start again. We really hope everyone will get involved this year.

Each box costs £3 for postage so any donations are always appreciated.

Do check out ‘Facebook’ and ‘Link to Hope’ web site ‘www.linktohope.co.uk‘. It is very informative and these items are luxuries to these people and so appreciated. They live in poor conditions with no running water or electricity, which is hard for us to imagine.

Thank you everyone.

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.

Ann Coleman

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.

CHRISTMAS PROJECT

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

MHA COMMUNITIES WINCHESTER

MHA Communities Winchester is a charity offering support and friendship to local older people living in their own homes; helping to maintain independent living, improve well-being and reduce isolation.

For more information please email office@ucw.org.uk