Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Flood aid

OUTREACH IDEA 7 
As many areas in the U.K. are affected by storms, floods and aftermath of flooding can you offer help ?
Whether it’s warm food & drinks , temporary shelter, helping to lay sandbags, clearing up after the floods, offering replacement items or donating to funds ...
Find out what you can do by looking at your local area news or raise funds for other areas.
There’s a lot of devastation already and more to come .




Thursday, 6 February 2020

Timebanking

OUTREACH IDEA 5 
TIME BANKING is a fantastic way to engage with your neighbours.
As a member you can view all the local ‘offers and requests’ and exchange your time using an online ‘time account’.
Coordinators work with individuals or organisations like churches using exchanges, events and community projects.
Everybody has something to offer, even just attending a local event you are giving time to your community and making links with your neighbours.
There’s lots of potential to spread love and kindness and show your community that you are a living, active church family.
Use the link to see if there’s one operating near you.



Wednesday, 22 January 2020

St Basil registration

We are now ready to take your registrations for the COG fund raising walk in June. Please message or email us with your email address for all the registration info.


Research

Outreach Idea 3
Research....
To help your neighbour you need to know and love them.
Often we don’t live near our church hall but this doesn’t need to be a barrier to research.
Join your church’s local area Facebook page.
Locate local community activities and people and make the link.
Go to council meetings, visit local churches and public venues,
Find the local newsletters
Be interested and involved in your community as they are your ‘crop’ to love and work with.
Chat with people- ask them what they would like your church to do for them.
Reading books on church outreach can inspire and motivate you to try a new idea - COG has several you can ask for.
Time spent on research is invaluable as it means that you can offer something that the community REALLY needs - not what you THINK they need.
The key is to make relationships that open your doors to those who need your church.


Monday, 13 January 2020

Community meal

COMMUNITY MEAL
When you work in a community you soon realize that loneliness is a huge problem.
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝗴 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹.

Halls with kitchen facilities and toilets are like gold dust in many areas and we have them! So if you have a few people in your church that can provide a breakfast or hot meal, why not launch it and see what happens?
Let your local support services know, food bank, Age UK, CAB, elderly housing, children's centres- whatever is in your area- and maybe leaflet an invite locally or put on Facebook.
Breakfasts don’t need to be cooked, they can be croissants and pastries if need be and the meal can be very simple or even soup- the main thing is that you are following the example of Jesus and gathering people around food to create a relationship and open their hearts.
And even if nobody turns up people will have clocked that you want to help and are receptive and warm to their needs.
Low cost but huge value to your neighbours.
NB Don’t forget to check you meet the local authority food hygiene regulations


Bags of Love appeal

BAGS OF LOVE APPEAL 


COG is now ready and excited to launch our long term  ‘Bags of Love’ project. It will be similar to our previous winter appeals but ongoing and ready to respond quickly whenever needed. All money collected will be used to distribute rucksacks and sleeping bags to the UK homeless, refugees and asylum seekers in your local area.

We hope that this will encourage our ecclesias to look outwards into their community to see the needs, make links and create opportunities to help. We also hope it will be of benefit to the asylum seekers in need that we come into contact with.

Donations:
Cheque: (payable to ‘Christadelphian Outreach Group) to: Mel Downton, 36 Lambs Farm Rd, Horsham, Surrey RH12 4DQ

BACS: Sort code: 20 45 45 Acc no: 10291862

Online:
Or visit the site: www.wonderful.org Search for ‘Christadelphian’ and then ‘Christadelphian Outreach Group’ & find this ‘Bags of Love’ appeal in our projects

If you would like to order either of the items to help others please contact us by email to get the delivery info and find out more.

We look forward to working with our community on this project to support and help in the work that’s being done in the love of Jesus.




Monday, 6 January 2020

Car park

Welcome to the first of our 52 Outreach Ideas series !
Every Monday we will post an idea ….
𝗢𝘂𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗜𝗱𝗲𝗮 𝟭

In my village, there is a pub next to the school. Over the years, the landlords have varied on their approach to the school run.
Some have put out an open invitation to parents to use their car park, while others have asked us not to.
For me, this has been a silent signal of the generosity of the owners.
The use of the car park made a daily difference to the lives of many, at a stressful time of the day.
𝑰𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒄𝒂𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒌, 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒅𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒕?
We can sometimes ‘own’ our material assets, and keep them to ourselves, maybe due to fear of harm or damage.
The local community may not come into our halls, but they are always watching us and looking for the fruit of our faith.
Car parking in cities is often hard to find - so why lock them up when they're not in use?
𝘓𝘦𝘵'𝘴 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴, 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴.



Newbury


From Newbury:

From January Newbury Soup Kitchen has been given the opportunity to give out £10 food vouchers for Greggs Bakery at 77 Northbrook Street Newbury to rough sleepers. These vouchers have been donated by Newbury Christadelphinians from Lower Way Thatcham.

The Christadelphians support Newbury Soup Kitchen throughout the year with other projects and donations. Meryl Praill the founder of Newbury Soup Kitchen "Acts of kindness from organisations and groups such as Newbury Christadelphians makes such a difference to people who are in desperate need in our area. With the colder weather no doubt approaching as we move into January and February these vouchers will give a bit more flexibility for someone in need of a hot drink or hot meal outside our usual meal sessions or other charities who open throughout the week. 

Matthew Groves who is the manager of the Greggs Store supports Newbury Soup Kitchen every week organising food donations for our sessions, he always goes above and beyond his role as manager to help where he can. It is almost as if he has adopted Newbury Soup Kitchen and always checks in to see what he can do to help us".

Now Christmas is over and we look forward to a new year it is important to remember that Homelessness is not just for Christmas and the works continues all year around to help make people's lives more bearable and to help them move forward in a positive direction.
newburysoupkitchen.org.uk





Solihull

A note from our Solihull church:

Thank you very much to COG for organizing the Gregg's vouchers. At Solihull we handed them out to our 40 Iranian contacts.

Our Iranian friends were very grateful for this. We meet with the ones still living in hostels in Birmingham. On the day we handed them out, there was one gentlemen who had arrived in the UK by dingy just three days earlier.
They have reported the hostels as dire, and the food minimal and unappealing and often not hygienic. Whilst they are living in the hostels, they do not receive any money from the government.

The Greggs vouchers were then very much appreciated as it allows them not only to supplement their diet, but it allows a little bit of freedom whilst they are in a very difficult, confusing and out of their control situation.

There have been occasions when they have turned up to a Bible class and as a result have missed the meal provided at the hostel. Being able to give them a voucher for food acknowledges that care and love and comfort and providing material needs is a major part of following Christ.

So thank you very much!



Monday, 23 December 2019

Fund raising walk

Do you want an outreach challenge next year?
COG is launching this fund raising opportunity and we have mailed this poster out to all our UK churches. We're really hoping that church or friendship teams will get together and as a community we can all meet up and do this together! If you would like more info or want to be put into a team please let us know and we can arrange that. Please share!