Harvest donations to support the work of the Methodist Relief and Development Agency can be made through return of envelopes in the offering plate in the next 2 weeks. Total so far (excluding Gift Aid additions) – £68.00.
The Stewards Team has undertaken a consultation by email this week to ascertain whether there is general agreement to our passing on the piano in the “L” shape room to the Eagles Wings organisation, a group referring people to the ClothesBank. (The suggestion arose out of a ClothesBank experience.) If anyone has knowledge that the piano was donated by an individual or family (possibly in Ward Road days), please advise Sue Marshall-Jennings or any Church Steward as soon as possible. Similarly, please express support or concerns about this proposal to the Stewards Team as soon as possible. Please spread the word to anyone who may have not have been included already by this consultation.
Many British blends include tea from Assam, where people get poverty wages, are scared to speak up and have no way out. The big British brands know this but aren’t doing enough to challenge it.
Traidcraft’s campaign calls on the big UK tea brands to publish their list of suppliers from Assam.
“Twinings have become the second big UK tea brand to publish their list of suppliers from Assam – a key demand of our campaign. This follows on from Yorkshire Tea’s decision to publish their list in June. Together Twinings and Yorkshire make up nearly one-third of the UK tea market so these are significant steps forward.
More than seven thousand people have sent in ‘Who picked my tea?’ postcards and taken our online action targeting the big 6 UK tea brands. This has spurred the brands into action to publish their lists of Assam tea estates in full.
We now need to push the remaining four – PG Tips, Tetley, Typhoo, and Clipper – to do likewise so that British consumers and tea workers in Assam know where the big UK brands buy their tea from.”
All we Can, the Methodist Relief and Development agency invites us to pray for people seeking sanctuary, remembering especially Syrian refugees, Rohingya refugees and people displaced by a changing climate, including those in Malawi.
Two Circuit Sewing Bee meetings have now been arranged:
- Saturday 1st September, from 10.30am to 3.30pm, in St John’s, Ponderlaw Street, Arbroath
- Saturday 10th November, in Marketgait, Dundee (same times)
The aim of this community project is make quilts for children in the village where Julya lives. No special skills required! An opportunity to meet and chat with other sewers in the Circuit.
Donations of bags for clients to take away their chosen clothes will be gratefully received – thanks are expressed to Tesco and Morrisons for supplying strong bags for this purpose.
The Clothes Bank will be CLOSED during the Dundee fortnight i.e. 23rd July to 2nd August. Sadly, we do not have the staff to man it.
Dundee Foodbank’s main distribution centre has moved to St John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 110 Albert Street, Stobswell.
The Foodbank website gives the locations of all the distribution centres, and their opening hours.
Liz expresses thanks for all donations to the FoodBank, with the reminder that during school holidays, there are children who may be more hungry in the absence of school meals. Our continuing, prayerful support is invited.
“Do you like sewing? Would you like to join with other members in our Circuit to help in making quilts for the children in the village in Bulgaria where Julya (Walsh) lives?”
Janice Swankie, of St John’s Methodist Church, Arbroath is contacting the Circuit’s churches as she is hoping to set up a “sewing project” as part of our common community outreach.
She would like to start a community sewing project within the 5 churches in our circuit and is inviting help from anyone interested.
“You don’t need any special skills. We need people who can sew a straight line with a sewing machine, cut material and iron the blocks for assembling into quilts.”
Support could also be offered through donations of fleece blankets, cotton material and “wadding layers”.
Janice suggests that this would not only be a worthwhile project in itself but give a chance to meet and get to know each other better, with time for chat, laughter and “a cup of tea”.
If you are interested in hearing more, please contact Janice.
Asda have kindly donated £300 to the Clothes Bank. This will help us to replenish our stocks of new underwear for our clients.
The picture shows Sue and the Community Champion.