Friday, 22 November 2019

Appeal update


Response



COG were asked 'How can I promote outreach in my church group?'

It’s quite personal I guess- why you want to reach out to others but from my experience it is only by taking that step outside that your eyes and heart are opened and then you start to understand the true gospel and the whole meaning of love. Once your mind is set the opportunities are endless- In the UK we are surrounded by need and despair, just as Jesus was, and you can help in so many ways whatever you age or ability. In our society, you can fall very quickly and when you are In that bad space your local church is really about the only place you can go for warmth and non judgemental support. Even if we have family and many don’t , that isn’t always the answer. Many avenues of ‘support’ mean form filling and questions, when the person really just needs a cup of coffee and a chat. So once you see the role if your church as not being just to teach but to love then you can look at what assets and skills you have and put them to use. This then mans you start to work as a team with one vison and that is powerful. I work at foodbank with many faiths but we are united in our mission that day- to love whoever walks through that door- and we pray for that. Jesus gave us the message- unconditional love is life changing and powerful.
So the hope of COG is to spread that message- we as a team are united in our mission to get people acting on their faith and DOING rather than talking. So if you browse our site you will see our three objectives – the ways in which we hope to make the CD community wake up to outreach and also a section with some ideas. The message is ‘ get to know your local community’- immerse yourselves in it to find the demand-  use social media- create events that ‘give’ and no take to start relationships- open your doors wide- show people that their local CD church is active and warm. We are here to support with grant funding for any project you decide to do and if you need help send us ‘what you have’ in your church and maybe we can advise a project.  Do a survey in your church group to ask skills- is there a musical person that could lead a community choir or just a music session ( our local Tesco has an evening once a month for ‘music making’- bring your instrument and make a noise!) – is there someone experienced in dementia  etc that can give an evening of advice and support?.. I run a time bank and so many peoples say they have nothing to give but give them opportunities and they realize they do!
Sorry rather long!  But hope that starts you off.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Greggs distribution

We need YOU 👇🏻
Do you have a local shelter for the homeless or asylum seekers ?
Has your ecclesia / church asked to take part in distributing the Greggs vouchers in our Cups of Love campaign ?
If not please get in touch with us or ask you COG Rep for info.


Wigan grant

Earlier this year we ran a pilot project called 'Bags of Love' and sent out sleeping bags and rucksacks to our churches across the UK.
This went well and we intend to roll this out as a long term ongoing project in the New Year - more on that then.
Meanwhile, here is the first of the reports from Alan at Wigan- more to follow very soon!
"I am pleased to report that our recent Bags of Love have been issued to two very grateful local charities –
(1) SWAP (Support for Wigan Arrivals Project supports asylum seekers and refugees who are living in the Wigan Borough).
These were recipients last year and chose to distribute to its clients by raffle at their Christmas party.
They intend to repeat this again this year and we hope to receive photographs in due course.
Our pic shows Brother Alan Leyland’s car boot full to capacity! Iranian visitors/members of Wigan ecclesia have benefited from the support offered by SWAP and still do.
(2) The Brick - It offers services to people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis.
As its name suggests, it provides a safe, solid building block for people in crisis to begin to rebuild their lives.
Pictures were published on their Facebook page.
Our picture shows Sis Bahareh Zareie and Bro. Nima Smieepour dropping off the bags at the Brick food shelter. "


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Bags of Love project

We are all aware of the large numbers of desperate asylum seekers coming to the UK for refuge. Many ecclesias are involved in supporting these people and have reached out to COG for help. We have set up a ‘Bags of Love’ refuge project that will be an ongoing, long-term source of aid by providing rucksacks and sleeping bags.
In the last month we have completed the first stage of this project and sent out around 280 sleeping bags and rucksacks to 10 Christadelphian church groups across the UK. We hope to share photos and reports on these soon as they arrive.
We will be setting up a fund for this and moving this particular project forward in the New Year 2020 when we have completed our annual winter appeal - Cups of Love- which we are busy setting up- not long now!


Knit2gether

Wow! Thank you to the person who sent us these - just arrived today. Lovely bags of knitted scarves and gloves. A great start to the day to receive bags of kindness in the post.
For more info on our knit2gether project please visit our site:
www.cog-uk.org




Bags of Love

In the first stage of our 'Bags of Love' project we have started sending out rucksacks to some of our church groups. Here's a few photos taken from asylum seekers taking delivery in Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield & Liverpool areas. We plan to move this project on in 2020. God willing.






Wednesday, 31 July 2019

August


This is the last of our monthly flyers in our awareness campaign. If you would like to receive the flyers in the post please just contact us and we would be happy to send.





Tuesday, 2 July 2019