Mission Total 2017 and Missions for 2018

Mission Total for 2017

We raised £1,291.27 for our Missions in 2017 which were:

National Mission: Alzheimer’s Society→

Local Mission: Herts Mind Network →

Local Mission: Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership WTRRP →

And our own Mission: ASCEND →

 

Our Missions for 2018 are:

International Mission: Care International UK

CARE fights poverty and injustice in the world’s most vulnerable places.

CARE International works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We put women and girls in the centre because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE currently works in 79 poor and developing countries, helping millions of the world’s poorest people find routes out of poverty. We are there to provide life-saving assistance when disaster strikes, and to help people rebuild their lives afterwards. And we are there to work alongside poor people and communities on long-term programmes to deliver lasting change.

For more information, check out the website for Care International →

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National Mission: Care for the Family

Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.

For over 25 years Care for the Family has been working throughout the UK and the Isle of Man. We provide parenting, relationship and bereavement support through our events, resources, courses, training and volunteer networks. Our work is motivated by Christian compassion, and our resources and support are available to everyone, of any faith or none.

For more information, check out the website for Care for the Family →

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Home Mission: ASCEND

ASCEND is our very own Mission working right in the heart of our community. They’re all about moving people forward, challenging their perceived barriers to education and training; providing people with more choice and control over their lives. Thanks to ASCEND, many local people now have the confidence, self-esteem and skills to find a route to employment, some for the first time in their lives. ASCEND also works with young people aged 16 to 25 and has set up the Dig Deep Allotment Project with Farming for All CIC and Step Up with Herts Mind Network.

For more information, check out the website for ASCEND →

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Christmas Fayre – Saturday 2nd December

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 2nd December 2017 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Our annual Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 2nd December. We will have present ideas on our craft and bric-a-brac stalls, lots of fun games to play including a fabulous raffle. We will also have cakes and refreshments.

All money raised will go towards our Missions for the year, so please come along and support our final fundraising event of the year.

 

 

Christmas Fayre and Confirmation Service 2016

What a busy time we had last weekend with our Christmas Fayre and Confirmation Service.

We held our annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 26th November to raise money for our Missions. We had a great time dressing up as our favourite nursery rhyme characters and raised £413 to be shared between our nominated charities ASCEND, Chairs Tiwala, Watford & Three Rivers Refugee Partnership and Toilet Twinning.

Can you identify all the nursery rhyme characters?

Then the following day, on Sunday 27th November, we were joined by Bishop Michael, the Bishop of Hertford, for our Confirmation Service. Ten members of our congregation were confirmed at a fantastic service where the candidates got involved in leading our prayers (including some prayers in Spanish).

Congratulations to Joshua, Elsa, Estaban, Joe, Hannah, Pascaline, Immi, Kerry, Heidi and José on their Confirmation.

 

Missions for 2016

We’re a bit late announcing our Missions for this year, but they have now been agreed and we have already started raising funds at our Table Top Sales and other events. All money raised during 2016 will be split equally between our four nominated Missions: Toilet Twining, Charis Tiwala, Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership and ASCEND.

International Mission: Toilet Twining

Here’s the thing… 2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet. Now, you can get excited about life-changing long-drops!

By twinning your toilet, you help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.

How does it work? For just £60, you can twin your loo with a latrine halfway around the world, in a country of your choosing. For £240, you can twin with a school block. Your smallest room becomes the proud owner of a personalised certificate, complete with a colour photo of its twin and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin on Google Maps.

For more information, check out the website for Toilet Twinning →

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Local Mission: Charis Tiwala

Charis Tiwala is a Christian charity offering support and assistance to anyone in Hertfordshire who is affected by human trafficking or sexual exploitation within the sex industry. They exist to give people in the sex industry a choice again; a choice to exit if they wish, and a choice to rebuild a new life as they would choose to live it.

Their vision is to see a society where everyone is valued, treated with dignity and able to live a fulfilling life, without the danger of being trafficked or sexually exploited.

For more information, check out the website for Charis Tiwala →

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Local Mission: Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership

The Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership (WTRRP) offers practical and emotional support in West Hertfordshire to asylum-seekers refugees and those with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), many of whom are destitute and homeless.Our mission is to help provide access to the advice and services needed, often providing long-term support until statutory services are in place.

For more information, check out the website for WTRRP →

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Home Mission: ASCEND

ASCEND is our very own Mission working right in the heart of our community. They’re all about moving people forward, challenging their perceived barriers to education and training; providing people with more choice and control over their lives. Thanks to ASCEND, many local people now have the confidence, self-esteem and skills to find a route to employment, some for the first time in their lives. ASCEND also works with young people aged 16 to 25 and has set up the Dig Deep Allotment Project with Farming for All CIC and Step Up with Herts Mind Network.

For more information, check out the website for ASCEND →

 

Upcoming Events in September 2015

Children and Communion

Wednesday 2nd September at 7.30pm

St. Albans Diocese has a policy that children over the age of 7 years may receive Holy Communion but this can only happen following a certain process. Firstly the PCC must agree to allowing us, as a church, to explore the possibility of children receiving communion before confirmation. There must be teaching about Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion and there must be opportunities for everyone to come together to learn about and to discuss the issues and implications. Everyone must be permitted to listen and express their thoughts. Following this process the PCC will then vote on whether we will apply to the Bishop of St. Albans to ask his permission to admit children over 7 years of age to Holy Communion.

This is a big decision for us all and we all need to think carefully and talk about how we feel and what we would like to happen.

This meeting will be the first opportunity to come together to hear about and to discuss the issues. Ruth Pyke, the Diocesan Childrens Adviser, will be with us to talk to us and answer any questions we may have.

Please put this date in your diary and make every effort to be there. It is especially important the PCC members, the parents of our Sunday School children and those who work with our children come along to this meeting if they possibly can.

Table Top Sale

Saturday 5th September 10.30am – 12.30pm

Our next Table Top Sale raising funds for our Missions. Admission is free and there will be plenty of items for sale to suit everyone including gifts, cards, plants, toys, books, DVDs etc. Table-hire (if available) is only £5, speak to Jo or contact the church office for details.

Cake Stall

Cake Stall

Table Top Sale

Table Top Sale

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Sunday School Welcome Back Party

Sunday 6th September after the service

Fun, games and food to start the new Sunday School term. Pam has brought a new cricket set and has been practicing her bowling!

It would be helpful if people could let us know who will be there so we can sort out the food.

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Missions for 2015

We can now announce our Missions for 2015. These are the four charities that we will be supporting with our fundraising events throughout the year, including Table Top Sales and our Summer and Christmas Fayres.

Our first fundraising event is our Table Top Sale this Saturday (14th February 10:30am-12:30pm).

Please come along and support our events and raise money for these good causes.

International Mission: Development Pamoja

Development Pamoja is an Irish charity working with disadvantaged rural communities near Nakuru, Kenya. Pamoja means “together” in Swahilli, so Development Pamoja literally means “development together”.

They work with the community to create opportunities for people to improve their own lives and in turn help build a sustainable local economy. (They do not usually give free handouts as they believe they lead to a reliance on aid and are damaging to local economies.) Their objective is to foster a greater sense of collective responsibility which helps to build a better society for all.

Development Pamoja promise that 100% of all money donated goes directly to Kenya. All work in Ireland is done on a voluntary basis and expenses in Kenya are kept to an absolute minimum.

For more information, check out the website for Development Pamoja →.

National Mission: Ataxia UK

‘Ataxia’ means ‘lack of order’. People with ataxia have problems with movement, balance, and speech. Over 10,000 people in the UK have a form of ataxia. There is currently no cure.

Ataxia UK works across the whole of the UK. They aim to support everyone affected by ataxia; people with the condition, their families, carers and friends. They help people to live with ataxia by providing a range of services that are not available anywhere else. They also fund research into developing safe, effective treatments. Their ultimate goal is to find a cure for the ataxias.

For more information, check out the website for Ataxia UK →

Local Mission: New Hope

New Hope exists to serve individuals who are homeless or vulnerably-housed through the provision of accommodation and opportunities to transform lives. Founded upon Christian values, which are at the core of their work, they support people regardless of faith, class, disability, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

New Hope provide seven accommodation services with up to 60 beds every night (an emergency transition service and night shelter, a damp house, a dry house, and four move-on hostels), five support services (street outreach, a 24/7 emergency homelessness advice line, a drop-in, a mental health worker, and a tenancy sustainment team) and two development services (a community market garden and an employment training scheme.) They support more than 600 people every year through these services.

For more information, check out the website for New Hope →

Home Mission: ASCEND

ASCEND is our very own Mission working right in the heart of our community. They’re all about moving people forward, challenging their perceived barriers to education and training; providing people with more choice and control over their lives. Thanks to ASCEND, many local people now have the confidence, self-esteem and skills to find a route to employment, some for the first time in their lives. ASCEND also works with young people aged 16 to 25 and has set up the Dig Deep Allotment Project with Farming for All CIC and Step Up with Herts Mind Network.

For more information, check out the website for ASCEND →