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.
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.
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.
As usual we will be supporting a number of charities over the Christmas period.
Our sock tree will go up on Sunday December 2nd to receive your gifts of new socks for men, women and children. Also under the tree we will collect hats, gloves and scarves. These will be given to Chester Aid to the Homeless, and to Warrington Salvation Army for their work in support of victims of human trafficking.
Our collection at the Carols by Candlelight service will be for Action for Children (formerly NCH), a Methodist - founded charity supporting disadvantaged children across the UK. Gift Aid envelopes will be available. If you are a taxpayer please use this to increase the value of your gift by 25%.
Our gifts on Christmas Day will go to Christian Aid. Their campaign this year is in support of those offering help in war-torn communities. Again, Gift Aid envelopes will be available.
After a break during the summer months, I will again be running a Traidcraft stall on most Sundays between 7th October and Christmas. Besides the usual foodstuffs, there will be Christmas cards to buy or order in aid of Traidcraft / Christian Aid, and Divine / Real Christmas chocolate Advent calendars. I also have a number of gift items at very reasonable prices, following a warehouse clearance at Traidcraft. Traidcraft catalogues should be available from mid-October. Please support Fair Trade as part of your charitable giving. It really does make a difference to people’s lives in poor communities. Elizabeth Holmes
A big thank you to everyone who supported the recent ‘Singalong with Equinox’. After expenses, £1,400 was raised and will be split between Frodsham Methodist Church and Rotary Charities.
Frank and Valarie Ball
Church is packed with over 150 people this evening for the annual Singalong at Christmas with ‘Equinox’. Right now it is time for mince pies and tea/coffee!
Our Church family is always extremely generous in giving at Christmas to our chosen charities, and for that we thank you. This year we will be supporting the following:
Boaz Trust with gifts of bags, gloves and hats, toiletries etc. Boaz was our Charity of the Year in 2016. Based in Manchester, they work with refugees and asylum seekers, offering night shelter, accommodation, English and other classes, and legal assistance with asylum applications. A vital service for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. boaztrust.org.uk/
The socks and underpants from our sock tree go to Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH). They provide food, clothing and warm bedding to those living on the streets in Chester, or in temporary hostel accommodation. With the changes to Universal Credit adding to the many problems some of these people face, the situation is not likely to get better very soon, and CATH is always very grateful for what we send. Any items they cannot use will go to the Salvation Army.
The cash collection at our Carols by Candlelight service on December 17th is for Action for Children. Founded by Methodist minister Rev'd. Thomas Bowman Stephenson nearly 150 years ago, the organisation originally ran orphanages, of which the home in Kingsley Road, Frodsham, was one. Today all residential homes have closed, but the charity continues to help many thousands of children through its day centres, Sure Start schemes, playgroups, and one-to-one support for individual young people and families.
On Christmas Day we will be supporting Christian Aid, whose work is wellknown. Their Christmas appeal this year centres on South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, where years of conflict and drought have led to huge problems. Famine was narrowly avoided this year, but still more than 6 million people are severely malnourished. Our gifts will help towards alleviating this problem, and the UK government has pledged to match our giving pound for pound – an opportunity not to be missed!
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