Sharing God's Love
Each month Marden Parish Church likes to support a different charitable cause. This is promoted in the Magazine, and also there is a presentation during the 10.30 service on the first Sunday of each month. We thank all those who have generously supported these good causes, and include a list of those that will be supported through this coming year.
January - Maidstone Churches' Winter Shelter
February - Shelter Box
March - CRP Bangladesh/Valerie Taylor Trust
April - Heart of Kent Hospice
May - Christian Aid
June - Cystic Fibrosis Trust
July - Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance
August - Christians Against Poverty
September - Macmillan
October - Friends of the Earth
November - Prisoners' Education Trust
December - The Children’s Society
The Charity for the month of January 2021 is Maidstone Churches' Winter Shelter
Planning for winter 2020-21 has been very different to previous years, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the ever-changing circumstances and guidance.
Following the latest and ongoing Government guidance, we are unable to offer overnight accommodation (dormitory-style in church halls) for our local homeless community at the present time. However, we are working closely with Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) who will provide a room/temporary accommodation to help keep everyone safe and off the streets this winter.
In order for us to continue to provide support to our local homeless community, we will be offering a hot meal and some social interaction to those guests who are in a room/temporary accommodation but have no access to cooking facilities or money for food. We will be working within the current Covid guidelines to ensure that, between us and MBC, we help those most in need. We will run this provision from Monday 04 January 2021 until, and including, Sunday 28 March 2021.
The Shelter works with local communities and support agencies to improve lives and to help people move on from living on the streets. It employs a small team to provide operations management, administration and volunteer support.
Homelessness, loneliness and poor mental health are increasingly talked about in the media, and it is sometimes easy to forget there are individuals behind the headlines. The Shelter aims to help those who are often walked past and ignored, and only being seen as part of ‘The Homeless Problem’.
The Winter Shelter is making a big difference to the lives of people who, in circumstances often beyond their control, find themselves homeless.
Thank you for all the support you have given the Shelter in previous years. Support for this year’s work will be much appreciated.
If you would like more information, look at the website http://www.maidstoneshelter.org.uk/ and contact Sandra Bourne 01622 831473
The Charity for the month of February 2021 is ShelterBox
ShelterBox Teams work with disaster hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items.
Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family is vital for starting the long process of rebuilding your life.
Every disaster is different and so is every community, so they spend time with those affected to make sure they can offer the right support at the right time to help them recover. Their teams can travel by boat, helicopter or tuk-tuk to get to the families who need support - whatever it takes to get to the people who have lost their homes to disaster
‘When I received a Shelter Kit, it gave me the courage to start rebuilding my house because I knew I had the materials I needed for the roof.’
They work with disaster-affected communities to provide the emergency shelter, essential items and training needed to support families in the long process of rebuilding their lives.
They often go further, working with hard-to-reach communities who are overlooked by others.
Before a disaster happens, they make sure they are ready to help. They store aid in strategic locations around the world so they can get it to the families who need it as quickly as possible, working with trusted local partners, and have a network of incredible volunteers who are ready to help at a moment’s notice.
Here are just 2 of the places they are currently working in:-
Sudan has been affected by the worst flooding in decades. Heavy rains which started at the end of July intensified during the following months. Severe flooding has taken people’s lives forcing thousands to flee their homes.
In addition, the devastating disaster has destroyed key infrastructure and livelihoods across Sudan – a country that is already struggling with coronavirus. They are planning to partner with the United Peace Organisation (UPO) to support communities in the Gadaref region that have been severely affected by the flooding.
They will be working together to provide tarpaulins and other essential household items like kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and water carriers.
In Syria where coronavirus is now at emergency levels, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever. Since December 2019, over 900,000 people have fled the violence in Idlib province. Airstrikes and ground attacks have hounded them into smaller and smaller areas of safety. Even hospitals and displacement camps have been hit.
Together with the partner ReliefAid, they have been providing families in Idlib with tarpaulins and rope mattresses, carpets, thermal blankets, and kitchen sets can help to keep families to stay warm and prepare meals – helping them stay as healthy as possible. Aid distributions for their current project are almost complete. Families are receiving rope, tarpaulins, soap, and clothing sets.
They are also working with Bahar Organization to support families in the north-east with tarpaulins, rope and essential household items.
To make a donation to ShelterBox, our Charity of the Month, please contact our treasurer Jane on 01622 832974 or Treasurer@mardenchurch.org.uk