A Message from the Wardens – 9th September 2021

Dear Friends,
As we move into September life seems to be returning to some sort of cautious normality.

Our children’s work is starting again and we have a request for some help:

We are starting a new group for our young people aged 16 – 18 years old and will be meeting once a month during the church service on a Sunday morning. There will be a maximum of 4 young people. We need one or more volunteers to help lead this group. They will be following a Bible Society course about the bible which involves watching a DVD and discussing it, so there is no preparation required. If anyone can help on September 19, October 17 or November 21, please can they let Claire or Mel know.

This coming weekend is a busy one in the local communities. Bradway are holding their Fun Day on Saturday. In Dore there will be an Open Morning at the newly refurbished community centre on Townhead Road from 10am-1pm on Saturday followed by the Dore Show in the afternoon from 1.30-5.15 in Dore Old School Hall and Dore Methodist church hall.

The following Saturday will be the Totley Show at Totley Primary School from 1.30-3.00. There’s still time to get your entries ready! Full details in the latest copy of Totley Independent.

This Saturday, 11th, at 7.30 in Christ Church Dore Community Centre we are invited to THE FILLING STATION. This is an evening for Christians of all denominations to share fellowship, food, prayer and worship together. A flyer with more details is attached. We plan to be there and hope some of you will be able to come too. If you can’t make the first one there are plans to hold them once a month.

Thank you to the people who have donated to the GRACE FOODBANK during the
pandemic. We hope you will find the following extracts from their recent newsletter encouraging. We will have the box back in church from Sunday for those who would like to donate food this way, though we appreciate that there are also other ways of contributing.

Healthy Holidays

This summer Sheffield City Council received a very large grant to provide Holiday Activities and Food to children on free school meals. There were all sorts of activities going on locally from nature walks to street dance, multi-sports and storytelling, all with a packed lunch. I arrived at one of the litter pick events to witness a very excited young child run up to a grandparent and shout “I’m going litter picking” as though it was the most exciting thing that had ever happened! Whenever I walked or drove through Lowedges I saw groups of children being active or arriving for an event and it was a really nice atmosphere. We didn’t feel that it was right for us to apply for the HAF money as so many of our supporters
had donated very generously with a wish that we help families during school holidays. So our contribution was to supply recipe packs that families could collect at some of the events and then cook at home together. As usual, these were simple recipes designed to provide a family activity as well as a meal. We also know that some people in recent financial crisis might not qualify for
free school meals so we were able to use our own contribution to help some of the families who couldn’t access all of the other provision. We provided 280 recipe packs over the summer holidays, each making at least 2 meals for 4 people. We had some lovely feedback and photos from some very talented young chefs!

Citizens Advice

We had hosted a Sheffield Citizens Advice worker at our Tuesday foodbank sessions from April 2015- March 2020 (when all CAB services moved to the ‘phone). This was part of a larger project to place advice workers in foodbanks across the city, initially funded by Sheffield City Council and then by a grant from the Big Lottery. Our advice worker, Ellen, is incredibly lovely and has a real gift for getting people to open up and identifying the root cause of their problems (often this is not quite the same as the immediately presenting issue). In the year ending 31st March 2019 Ellen helped 109 different clients and the total amount of income gained for those clients was £240,000. We saw people’s lives really turned around as they managed to reach financial independence and no longer needed our support. (In the nicest possible way, our aim is always to say “goodbye” to our clients, knowing that they no longer need us). The funding for this project expired in March 2020.

Our amazing supporters have donated very generously over the past couple of years and we had been planning to pay Sheffield CAB so that Ellen could continue to work one day a week for Grace Foodbank clients. These plans were among the many that were disrupted by the pandemic but, after everyone’s risk assessments agreed with each other, we are delighted that Ellen returned to our Tuesday sessions in Jordanthorpe in July. We always tell our clients that the reason we’re so keen for them to go to see CAB, is because the advice is really good and we’re very pleased that our clients who really struggle to engage with phone services can now turn up and receive advice in person.
Many, many thanks for all your financial donations that have made this possible. 

Every blessing,
Ann & James