Poem

Call on his name

When thereís a day

That you canít seem to stand

Call on His name

And Heíll take your hand

When thereís that hour

That you canít breathe

Call on His name

Heíll give you breath to receive

When thereís that minute

That you canít gather yourself

Call on His name

And Heíll give you some help

When thereís that second

That you donít know who you are

Call on His name

Heíll show you His scars

No matter you problem

No matter what it may be

Call on His name

And youíll get your victory

© Jessica Johnston


 


Enfield Food bank

Following last yearís Harvest Celebration when we collected food for the

Enfield Food Bank we have decided to introduce an on-going collection. You

will find the collection box in the cloakroom together with a shopping list (which

is reproduced below) of goods which they collect.

There has been a rapid increase in the use of food banks over the past three

years. In fact in 2012/13 the number of people receiving emergency food

from food banks associated with the Trussell Trust as 346,992 (in 2010/11 the

number was 61,468). Reflecting on these figures, the Executive Chairman of

Trussel Trust wrote this:

ď2012-13 was much tougher than many anticipated. Incomes are being

squeezed to breaking point. Weíre seeing people from all kinds of

backgrounds turning to food banks: working people coming in on their lunch

breaks, mums who are going hungry to feed their children, people whose

benefits have been delayed and people who are struggling to find enough

work. Itís shocking that people are going hungry in 21st century Britain.Ē

Nearly 30% of those referred to food banks in 2012/13 were referred due to

benefit delay; 18% due to low income, 15% due to benefit changes and 10%

due to debt.

How the food bank works

Food is donated: Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate

non-perishable, in-date food to the food bank. All food given out by food banks

is donated.

Food is sorted and stored: Volunteers sort food to check that itís in date and

pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.

Frontline care professionals identify people in need: Care professionals

such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people

in crisis and issue them with a food bank voucher.

Clients receive food: Food bank clients bring their voucher to a food bank

centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers

meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people

to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem..

 



Service Recordings
 

All of the services in the church are recorded digitally and for the last couple of years a CD has been created of each one. In recent months the take-up of CDs has been very low Ė most weeks nobody borrows the CD and it ends up just being put on a shelf. While the cost of creating the CDs is low, there is little point in doing it if nobody is going to listen to them.

Starting from January, I have proposed that we stop producing the CDs automatically for every service, but that we continue to record them digitally and store the recording on computer (which costs nothing). This way, it is then still possible to create CDs from those recordings at any point in the future. If anyone would like a CD of any service (even if itís a while ago) I am very happy to create one for you at any time.

When this matter was discussed at a Deaconsí meeting, concern was expressed that those who are housebound due to illness may be missing out on hearing the service because nobody has thought to take them a CD. If anyone is going to visit a member of the congregation who is housebound and you think that they would value being able to catch up with recent services, let me know and I will happily provide you with a bundle of CDs (please give me a couple of daysí notice).

Andrew Forster