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Mission Committee 2020

Mission Committee 2020

’Out of sight, out of mind’ is a phrase we might use of Zimbabwe in recent months. Sadly the overthrow (and subsequent death) of Robert Mugabe has not brought much relief to the suffering citizens. But there is little media coverage of their worsening situation. We can learn at first-hand when we hear about Mark and Dorcas (pictured) and their work at Rehoboth, near Bulawayo. Rehoboth is again one of the Mission Committee three charities being supported this year and, as we shall learn, they do need all the prayer and help we can give. Mark went to Zimbabwe from Exmouth, having been a client, and then a supporter, of Open Door. He has prepared a short presentation especially for us which we will share on Mission Sunday March 15th.

Then on Saturday March 28 we have our annual coffee morning stalls, so please look out items that you know others will want – then turn up and buy what others have brought! It’s a kind of re-cycling – and for a very good cause. And if you shop at Tesco, you may have noticed that ‘Homes that smile’ (one of our 2019 charities) are one of their good causes for your blue tokens this month.
Peter Brain

Glenorchy Charities 2020

Glenorchy Charities – 2020

Each year Glenorchy Church normally chooses three different charities to support through our Mission Box Scheme* and special events, such as our Garden Party and Mission Concert or Tea Party. Please remember these charities and those who require help from them in your prayers.

Here are the three good causes which we will be seeking to support during this year.

1 Rehoboth, near Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, is the home of Mark Nicholson, his wife Dorcas and the ‘tribe’ (their word) of adopted youngsters. We have supported them in recent years and will be hearing more about their life and current difficulties at the Mission Sunday on March 15.

2 The Bible Society’s work is more varied than you might think – and this year marks the 200 th anniversary of the founding of a support group here in Exmouth, so it seemed very suitable to celebrate this through our support.

3 Our third charity, the Prison Fellowship, is new to us. Their staff and volunteers work in UK prisons, offering counselling and support to inmates and families. We shall learn more of
this ministry on Mission Sunday October 11 when one of their workers will visit to speak about it.

*Newer church members may not be familiar with the Mission Box Scheme. These boxes are made available for use at home. Sometimes kept on a mantelpiece, where visitors might see them, sometimes in the kitchen to help offload heavy pockets of loose cash. Church members who have joined our GiftAid Scheme are requested to put their name or GiftAid No. on or in the boxes.

Children’s Hospice South West: Little Bridge House, Fremington

A group of 20 members of Glenorchy Church and Withycombe Raleigh WI set off on the 24th June to visit Little Bridge House, where children with life threatening diseases and their families are cared for. It was built after funds had been raised by a husband and wife who had children suffering from a terminal disease. It has extensive grounds enabling it to be extended to meet the needs of so many young people over the years.

The rooms for patients are situated on the ground floor overlooking beautifully kept gardens, with colourful flowers, bushes and trees. The rooms have patio doors and there are many bird feeders attracting lots of different birds, giving pleasure to those watching. Each room is set up with all the medical equipment required for each patient’s care, and items such as favourite books, toys, games, and pictures are made ready for their arrival, according to the individual’s interests.

On the floor above are rooms thoughtfully prepared for the families of patients where all their needs are catered for during their time of respite. All the corridors have lovely pictures and collages and small areas with toys which look so colourful and welcoming. There is a large room with pool and table tennis tables, many computers, television, radios with ear phones, guitars a piano and books for siblings to enjoy.

There is also a wonderfully set up craft room to cover so many different crafts and a play area with climbs and ball pools for great fun. A quiet area has enormous cushions to lie on peacefully, watching slowly changing kaleidoscope like coloured lights on the walls and ceiling. There is also a large pool for patients to lie safely in harness in the soothing warm water. There are also fun play areas and wide paths outside for those well enough to go outside to enjoy the gardens in wheelchairs, with their siblings. It really takes your breath away to see what care and thought goes into all they do, for these precious families.

There are so many dedicated staff providing the amazing care offered. Doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, counsellors and church representatives, none of whom wear uniforms, and an army of volunteers who give freely of their time to make Little Bridge House the wonderful place it is. There is a beautiful Chapel for those who need this peaceful place to share their worries and thoughts with God and a room for those who have passed on to join their Lord, where their relatives can say their last goodbyes.

I am sure our visit made us appreciate the wonderful work carried out at Little Bridge House and to thank God for those dedicated people who show such love and care for others. They were extremely grateful for the £400 donation raised by our Mission Committee for their continued work and for the knee blankets, prepared and taken every 2 years for the comfort of those sitting in wheelchairs. Letters of thanks have been received since our visit.
Sue Densham

Glenorchy Charities 2019

Each year Glenorchy Church normally chooses three different charities to support through our Mission Box Scheme* and special events, such as our Garden Party and Mission Concert or Tea Party.

In 2019 the three charities we are supporting are Littlebridge Children’s Hospice in North Devon, Mission Aviation Fellowship and Homes that Smile (an Exmouth charity which works closely with Social services to provide help to families in difficulty).

*Newer church members may not be familiar with the Mission Box Scheme. These boxes are made available for use at home. Sometimes kept on a mantelpiece, where visitors might see them, sometimes in the kitchen to help offload heavy pockets of loose cash. Church members who have joined our GiftAid Scheme are requested to put their name or GiftAid No. on or in the boxes.

Please remember these charities and those who require help from them in your prayers.

Glenorchy Charities 2018

Each year Glenorchy Church normally chooses three different charities to support through our Mission Box Scheme* and special events, such as our Garden Party and Mission Concert or Tea Party. In 2018, the three charities we are supporting are Water Aid, Toilet Twinning and the Rehoboth Charity in Zimbabwe.

Water Aid:

Approximately 650 million people live without access to safe water and 9000 children suffer every day from diarrhoea as a consequence. Washing hands with soap and clean water reduces the risk of diarrhoea by 50%. WaterAid is a charity supported in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Sweden, which works with partners across Africa, Southern Asia and in needy locations elsewhere to install hand pumps and safe water supplies. The people become healthier and the disease is much reduced.

Toilet Twinning:

Toilet Twinning is a scheme which operates through the Christian organisation Tearfund. T.F. arranges the twinning of toilets in U.K. churches, schools and even some private homes with those in areas receiving fresh water supplies for the first time. Villagers are helped to erect the new toilets and given training in their proper use.

*Newer church members may not be familiar with the Mission Box Scheme. These boxes are made available for use at home. Sometimes kept on a mantelpiece, where visitors might see them, sometimes in the kitchen to help offload heavy pockets of loose cash. Church members who have joined our GiftAid Scheme are requested to put their name or GiftAid No. on or in the boxes.

Please remember these charities and those who require help from them in your prayers, and also whenever you turn on the water taps fitted in your kitchen or bathroom. Amen.