A BIG Thank you for everybody who helped in different ways, to make the coffee morning a success. An amount of £345.73 was raised for Victims of Modern Slavery and will be sent to the Salvation Army fund for Victims. The Salvation Army has the government contract to provide the support and they work with 12 other agencies across the UK.
Report from the National Crime Agency
The total number of referrals has increased year on year each time the report has been compiled. In 2018 it was 6993, in 2017 it was 5145, in 2016 it was 3,804. This year’s figure is a 36% increase on the 2017 total. What has led to this increase? Are there more victims to be found, or are we just better at finding them? It’s more likely to be the latter.
As public understanding of modern slavery has increased, so naturally will referrals. The same goes for increased awareness levels within the police and statutory agencies. Additionally people who may previously have been treated as offenders – for example young people groomed and forced to sell drugs, commonly known as county lines – are now treated as victims. The increase in county lines activity is noted in the report as the key factor in driving the increase in referrals.
A huge thank you to all those who helped with Christian Aid Week 2019, including those who delivered envelopes, collected door to door and wrote ‘Dandelion Gifts’ several hundred times! As a church we raised £1,189.71 which went toward a total amount raised by the good people of Frodsham of £5,108.08, which is a great achievement.
New President of the Methodist Conference calls for confidence in telling the story of God to a fractured world
In an address on Saturday to the Conference outlining the theme for her Presidential year, ‘So what’s the story…?’, the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson used stories from her own life and ministry to reveal how we can find a “fragile strength” and from being present in difficult places we can, “surprise ourselves once again with the way of Jesus”.
She said: “We are called to tell stories, to listen to stories and to wrestle with stories, to search for truth not fake news, to challenge the malicious stories we tell about each other and to go on believing that as people of creation, exodus, crucifixion, wilderness wandering and even in exile we can still claim the hope of resurrection and the gracious promise of life in all its fullness.”
Dr Glasson’s ministry has been with the Bread Church in Liverpool, Touchstone, a Methodist interfaith project in Bradford, and with people who have experienced abuse following the Past Cases Review. She arrived at the Conference, being held this year in Birmingham, on foot having walked 133 miles from Huddersfield, stopping frequently en route to share and listen to the stories of communities along the way.
On a trip to China in 2017, Dr Glasson heard of the story of nineteenth century Cornish missionary, Samuel Pollard, brought up to date in a country with the fastest growing Christian population on earth. On another journey to Myanmar she encountered Shanti Kana, or safe space, a project run by All We Can for women, so that they can feel safe and cool and rest, away from the cramped, claustrophobic and often violent shacks of the nearby refugee camp.
The people of these stories she said, “live the Jesus story and so can we, we who are Methodist and Methodish, we who are marinaded in faith or just dipping a tentative toe, Conference buffs and Conference rookies, big wigs and small fry, gay or straight or trans or undefined, broken, diffident or downright scared, all of us, each of us is called to this simple, costly way, living out our stories within the eternal, challenging, costly, glorious stories of God - because nothing in all creation can separate us from it.”
In her address Dr Glasson called for more than just telling of stories but to push for change and to listen: “We will need to be people of reconciliation and peace in an increasingly angry and divided Britain. We will need to commit ourselves to not only making the church inclusive, but allowing those who we might think ‘on the edge’ to challenge and transform us. We need to listen in three dimensions to what is told and what lies in the dark spaces between the words.”
To watch a video and read the full text of Dr Glasson delivering her address click here.
We are pleased to announce that we have so far raised £707.85 in donations for Chester Aid to the Homeless, comprising £92 from sales of sock dolls at the Christmas Tree Festival, £150 at the retiring collection after the visit of the CEO, Robert Bissett on March 24th, £219 as half the proceeds of the Quiz Night, £125 as a direct donation cheque and £121 from Sunday Coffee donations.
We know that there is an unprecedented problem of homelessness in Chester and other major cities at the present time, so please continue to give generously with your Sunday coffee. If you feel further able to make a larger direct donation then please make cheques payable to the church with a note to say “for CATH” and we will pass on your gift as part of our church Charity of the Year giving.
Churches Together in Frodsham are now working with Parish Nursing Ministries and seeking to appoint a Nurse for Frodsham.
What can a Parish Nurse do?
• Encourage everyone towards healthy lifestyles • Give personal health advice and help someone to get the most appropriate treatment or care • Support and work with those engaged in pastoral care • Liaise with the local GP surgery staff • Make visits, listen to spiritual needs as well as physical needs; offer prayer with patients when asked • Introduce people to appropriate voluntary agencies, health facilities or support groups • Offer training and opportunities for volunteering in the local community • Talk to community groups about health issues • Accompany someone to a stressful medical appointment • Help someone to stay on their own at home for as long as possible • Attend and help with services for healing • Work within the Code of Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Council)
More information can be found here.
The Methodist Church has announced a new team to encourage growth and confidence within the Church.
The team will focus on supporting churches by promoting everyday evangelism, helping them reach out into their local communities, and plant new churches.
Clickm here to find out more.
Everyone responded very generously to our various requests for giving over the Christmas period.
We have been able to take a number of bags of clothing of various kinds to both CATH (Chester Aid
To the Homeless) and to the Salvation Army in Warrington, along with ten bags of toiletries kindly donated by Morrisons supermarket following the anti-human trafficking group carol singing there.
We also raised £468.10 for Action for Children and £319.37 for Christian Aid.
Thank you all.
Please note that Frodsham Methodist Church's car park will be closed today, Monday 31st December 2018 and tomorrow, Tuesday 1st January 2019. For any queries, please e-mail email@example.com.
A few photos from our Community Nativity Service 2018.
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