Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

District MWiB Service

A Message from our District Methodist Women in Britain organisation

As we are unable to have our Autumn meeting  as planned at Stokesley Methodist Church we  have put together our very first video service for Darlington District MWiB .

If possible please try and watch the service on Thursday the day that we had planned to meet . You will need to have a packet of coloured jelly beans to hand so that you can  share in the prayers.

The Co-ordinating group are very  mindful that not everyone has the technology to watch via You Tube, so we are able to provide a DVD to people who would use this medium – please contact Olive or Audrey or write a comment in the box below and we will pass it to them, if you would like a copy of the DVD.

Thank you Gaunless Gateway for supporting our Youth and Technology Project!

A local project based at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church, employing the creative talents of six young people, and enabling with partner 105.9 BishopFM a service from the church to reach those sheltering at home and unable to attend their regular place of community activities and worship, has been generously supported by Gaunless Gateway Big Local Partnership.

The Partnership “was delighted to support the work” with a £14,797.80 project award feeling that “it fits in with identified community priorities, especially during these unprecedented times.”

Those unprecedented times have particularly affected both old and young, and in enabling the creative talents of six young people working across a variety of artistic and technical aspects to be mentored by a local artist and equipped by working closely with BishopFM community radio volunteers, they will develop skills to serve the local community long into the future.

When community groups can more easily meet again in buildings, the church on Cockton Hill Road with upgraded audio and visual capabilities, will be an excellent venue for community gatherings with the potential to live stream to those unable to attend in person. And in the meantime those unable to access their local place of worship, perhaps because their age places them in the vulnerable category for the virus, will be able to listen in on a Sunday morning on 105.9 BishopFM and hear some of those young people bringing their creative ideas across the airwaves.

Rev John Purdy says “the generosity of this grant enables people of all ages and backgrounds to be linked together as we support one another at this difficult time. For some of our people who had been coming here for over 60 years to be unable to attend was heartbreaking, but now with the help of talented young people and the right technology, they are reconnected once more and feel as if they are still a part of the community they love.”

Link to article in the Northern Echo

Little Chefs Big Chefs

Help beat food waste and grab a bargain at the same time

Rev John and Vanessa want to share with you the services of Little Chefs Big Chefs – especially their pantry hampers. Help beat food waste and grab a bargain at the same time! We’ve been getting a hamper from them each week for a couple of months and love the different end of life fresh items that are still ‘Best Before’ that lead us to interesting dishes for the following week! We’ve also turned our minds to jam and chutney making – both really firsts for us in this household – but delicious!

Methodist Women in Britain – Counting our blessings…

Join our ladies during October raising funds for COCO

Methodist Women in Britain are asking for your support to help raise funds for their current District Project which is COCO.

COCO is a charity which supports the lives of children living in poor and marginalised commnities across the world  More details can be found on their website coco.org.uk

Please support it if you can.
For more details contact Olive Ingram or Audrey Dinning.

Do you want an Electric Bike?

Ruth’s Electric bike

Ruth wrote after hearing the harvest service “John’s sermon about bikes for Uganda put me in mind about my electric bike.”

We can now report that this has now sold and so change has begun for someone with an electric bicycle.

If anyone feels they have missed out, they can go and chat with our local bike shop ‘ Inspiral Cycles” and they may be able to help…

Can you help? 20-22 August

FareShare Summer Food Collection

FareShare organise the charity donations that Tesco, Asda and other supermarkets pass onto the likes of Woodhouse Close Foodbank and other charities that can help those who struggle to buy food or use it to provide meals for those who will benefit from them. Rev John and Vanessa have helped the Baptist Church to share with Woodhouse Close FareShare collections that they would in normal circumstances use themselves to benefit the community from both Asda and Tesco. In doing this, we have been made aware of this Summer Food Collection.

Can you donate just one item? @Tesco is running a Summer Food Collection from today until Saturday to support @FareShareUK & @TrussellTrust but due to social distancing there won’t be volunteers in-store collecting donated items.

Share this & help get food to people in need #FoodHero #EveryCanHelps

Watch the video below

Two deaths…

We have heard the sad news this week of the passing of two friends who worshipped with us in times past:

We extend to the families of Avril Hill and Marjorie Jean Cameron our sympathy and prayers at this time.

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