Equinox gave another wonderful concert this last Christmas. They raised £1,493.00 which was split between the Kimbutu Rural Development Programme (KRDP) and church funds.
The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian charity with 141 years of experience. Through The Leprosy Mission’s global family a population of 305 million people in around 30 leprosy-affected countries is served. Leprosy is a mildly infectious disease associated with poverty. It is easily cured.
Leprosy starts by damaging the small nerves on the skin’s surface resulting in a loss of sensation. The Leprosy Mission is asking for help and prayer for more skilled medical staff to continue its hospitals’ vital work. People affected by leprosy often live in extremely poor conditions and have very limited access to medical care. Without treatment they face preventable disability and a bleak future.
Prejudice and discrimination against people with this disease means that families are torn apart and suicide can sometimes feel like the only option. Medical staff working for The Leprosy Mission cure and treat thousands of people each year, providing unconditional love and skilled medical care at specialist leprosy hospitals. They work long hours because resources are so scarce. Following God’s calling, they work for a fraction of the salaries their clinical training enables them to earn.
According to the latest World Health Organisation statistics, there were 208,619 new cases of leprosy diagnosed globally in 2018 – around one every two minutes. Due to the reluctance of leprosy patients to seek treatment because of the stigma surrounding the disease, we regard these figures as understated.
More information can be found on their website here.
We are pleased to advise that the craft fair was another successful event. We had 23 stallholders in the Church and the hall selling a wide range of original art work and hand-crafted items including jewellery, textiles, glass and ceramics. Hilary demonstrated her skills on the potter’s wheel and even allowed some customers to have a try themselves!
A total of £1500.40 was raised, which will be divided between Chester Aid to the Homeless and Church funds.
There are more photographs from the event on the Facebook page.
A big thank you to all who made the event a success by attending, volunteering or helping in any way.
Frodsham Methodist Ladies Group would like to thank everyone who support us on our Charity Afternoon on Monday 22nd July. We would also like to thank all who helped on the day by baking for us and setting up the room. Many thanks also to Frodsham Community Choir who sang for us. On the day we made £661.80. Proceeds to Memory Lane Project wards 50/ 51 Countess of Chester.
Frodsham Churches Together are looking to appoint a Registered Nurse to serve as the Volunteer FCT Parish Nurse in Frodsham, Cheshire. Hours to be agreed.
The volunteer would liaise with the Frodsham Churches Together and their care teams in supporting the spiritual and physical well-being of the people of Frodsham and surrounding area. This may also involve some links to surrounding nearby villages. The support offered to the local community will be regardless of their faith.
As the appointment requires the person to offer spiritual care and prayer when requested, it is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the applicant to be a practising Christian.
Applicants must be willing to undertake the Parish Nurse Ministry training 4th-7th November 2019 in Birmingham. All expenses will be paid by the Project.
To register an interest in the appointment please email: email@example.com. An application pack and full job description will be forwarded by email.
Appointment to commence on the first day of training.
Closing Date for Applications: Monday 16th September 2019.
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.
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