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Welcome to the Mission Group
About the Mission Group
The Mission Group is a small group of people within our church who organise events
to raise money for charity, as part of our giving as a church.
As a church we also collect food items which are donated to The Brick, in Wigan, who operate a food bank for the homeless and needy.
‘New Hope Children’s Centre’ in Kenya.
2019 RETIRING COLLECTIONS
January 2019: -
February 2019: - ‘RNIB’ The Royal National Institute of Blind People
March 2019: - New Hope Children’s Centre, Kenya
April 2019: - Samaritans
May 2019: - Christian Aid
June 2019: - Myeloma
July 2019: - Street Pastors
August 2019: - Age UK
September 2019: - Traidcraft Exchange
October 2019: -
November 2019: - The Brick
December 2019: - Shelter
RETIRING COLLECTION REQUESTS
The Elders usually select the charities that we donate to on the first Sunday of each month. We have been thinking that some of our congregation might like to select some for 2019. If you have a charity in mind, please let one of the Elders know. You are welcome to speak about the charity yourself or one of the Elders will happily do this for you.
Thank you, Jenny
THE MARCH RETIRING COLLECTION – NEW HOPE CHILDREN’S CENTRE
New Hope Children’s Centre in Uplands, Kenya, was founded by retired Barclay’s employee, Anne Chege and her husband Tirus.
In 1999, Anne became the first ever winner of Barclay’s International Community Awards. At that time, she was looking after 20 orphans at her home in Nairobi. Someone heard of Anne’s achievements and offered his house to do ‘God’s work’. Anne retired from the bank and took in more children.
By 2006, there were 79 children in her care, but struggling. The girls were sleeping 2 or 3 to a bed and the boys were on the floor. Then the New Hope Support Group was established when Val returned to England after a visit. She now has a village named after her. Since then things moved at a pace and over one million pounds was been raised so that a new orphanage was built in 2007. This is now home to 120 children between the ages of 3 months and 19 years.
There is now a sponsorship scheme which has enabled many of the young people to continue their education and take part in training schemes. There is a wide variety of training programmes available, which enable the young people to become teachers, doctors, nurses, electricians, plumbers, mechanics or hairdressers.
Sponsors also help grannies and families who get an allowance every month. Houses have been built and the ladies lifted out of abject poverty. The first Grannies Village opened in 2008 and is home to 12 grannies.
A recent project at New Hope has been the Mums and Babies Unit. Thanks to a very generous donation, the building was officially opened in 2016. It is now home to 18 babies and their mothers. While the mums continue their education, local ladies are paid to look after the babies. In reality, everyone helps and the babies thrive.
The latest project has been the building of a house for a very needy family – the daughter, Veronica, being blind.
A New Hope supporter raised £3,000 to do this. Funds are now needed to connect electricity, buy furniture and complete the work costing about £200 in total. Judith Watson
A Big Thank you to CLOSEKNIT
NEW HOPE CHILDREN’S CENTRE , KENYA
Hi Judith – a few photos of the knits. They went down a treat and the little ones were wearing them all week. There are so many little ones now. Latest were five street children who are still on the natural side having only been there a few weeks. They still liked their knits though.
Please will you share with the ladies at Closeknit.
Many thanks, Val
Samaritans in the UK and Wigan Samaritans
‘Bringing Hope to Life’
Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.
Every six seconds, we respond to a call for help.
Every year, we answer more than 5 million calls for help by phone, email, SMS, letter, face to face at one of our local branches and through our Welsh language service.
We're here 24/7, before, during and after a crisis.
Whether it’s an ‘Are you ok?’ at just the right moment, or the midnight support of a trained volunteer; whether it's better training in the workplace or campaigning for more investment in national and local suicide prevention – we're here.
Our charity works to make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone.
Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.
You can read much more about who we are and what we do at www.samaritans.org
During 2017, more than 20,000 people volunteered their time for Samaritans:
almost 17,000 trained listening volunteers responded to calls for help
2,000 volunteers supported the running of our 201 branches
more than 1,700 people in prisons volunteered as trained Listeners providing peer support
One of the 201 branches is Wigan Branch, based in 73 Dicconson Street, Wigan. You can learn much more about Wigan Samaritans at www.samaritans.org/branches/wigan. Here you can read about how you can talk to us, support us or volunteer with us.
‘The fact that somebody understood, did not criticise, did not palm me off, did not judge or advise... gave me back my confidence in me as a person.’
You can call the Samaritans for free from any phone 116 123
At the Retiring Collection in March 2019 the sum of £269 was raised for the work of Wigan Samaritans. Many thanks for your generous support for this important service in our Borough.
(Thank you to Wigan Samaritans for this article. Ed.)