Trinity Drop In for the Homeless

 

Since July 2013, on Wednesday evenings the Trinity Drop-In has been providing a good hot meal for homeless and other people of all ages that have been referred to us by LLHS. It is staffed by members of the congregation who have undergone food hygiene and safeguarding training, with a colleague from LLHS always present. The need for our services varies widely from week to week and we have served from 7 to 22 guests in an evening, not counting babies and dogs!
 

We have received some local authority grants and LLHS provide some basic groceries from their food bank but we rely mainly on generous donations from the Trinity congregation and others, both financially and in the form of food. Desserts are provided each week by members of the Trinity Fellowship Circle and our activities are underwritten financially by the Trinity.

WHILST OUR DROP IN OPERATES AS PART OF LEIGHTON LINSLADE HOMELESS SERVICE, ANY ENQUIRIES ABOUT THEIR EMERGENCY NIGHT SHELTER OR ABOUT OTHER DROP INS PROVIDING MEALS ETC ELSEWHERE SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO LLHS STAFF AT THE BLACK HORSE, NORTH STREET - TEL. 01525 381129 OR 0784122429. Their website is http://llhsblackhorse.org.uk
 

 

 

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team
 
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Newsletter 113   February 2020
Dear Friends
   
In the past month, a number of things have happened for the UK. The UK left the EU on Friday 31st January. There was a change of leadership for the UN COP26 Climate Summit taking place in Glasgow in November. There was another cabinet reshuffle, including a new Chancellor.
   
In the midst of this, as Churches we have been continuing to seek ways in which we can speak God's love into society. We wrote to our European partners in January to encourage continued partnership. And we have been preparing for Living Lent, a chance to review our own commitments to the climate.
 
Finally, we have been preparing for our national conference on 7 March, exploring how caring about the climate also means caring about the economy. 


This month's newsletter includes ways you can get involved, and find ways of bringing about change for peace and justice. We hope to see plenty of you in Derby on the 7 March.


Every Blessing
Hannah

There’s only a week to go until Lent begins, and we’re really excited to be digging back into Living Lent this year. Over the next two months, we will be coming together as a community to explore how committing to individual changes for the climate offers us the chance to go deeper in our understanding of how we can respond to the climate crisis in faith, for people and for the planet.


 
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What can you expect?


Six Challenges – Choose one of six challenges to change your habits for the climate. By intentionally making changes during Lent, we will make space to consider in more depth how our lifestyles have an impact on creation.
 
Daily reflections – Across a range of themes and with friends from across our four denominations, we will explore how responding to the climate crisis is part of our discipleship. 
 
Celebration Sundays - The world we are seeking to care for is full of wonder and beauty. How often do we take time to stop and recognise God’s wonderful creation? This Lent, we will encourage you to celebrate on Sundays by taking time for an activity which will help you acknowledge and appreciate the beauty of people and the planet. 
 
Community – Come together as part of our online communities, to share in the highs and lows of changing your habits for the climate. You can join in as part of our Facebook Community, on twitter using #LivingLent or through our web form.

 
Sign up to Living Lent here 
Could you take part in Living Lent as a small group?
It’s really important that, as we face the challenges of the climate crisis, we come together as a community. That’s why we’re inviting you to take part in Living Lent as a small group. Could you meet together weekly during Lent to pray and support one another? Take a look at our resources to support you.
   
Our national conference, Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate, is now less than three weeks away! We’re really excited to gather together with over 300 of you to explore what it will take to respond to the climate crisis, as people of faith.
         
If you didn’t manage to get tickets, you can add your name onto the waitlist here.  If you have booked a ticket that you no longer need to use, let us know by emailing enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk. We will be livestreaming the main sessions of the conference over on our facebook page. Head over to our facebook page to keep an eye out for details in the next few weeks.
   
At the conference, we’re going to be asking ‘What If?’. What if things don't have to be the way they are? What if we could imagine a better future? To get us started, we headed to church to ask some friends about their ‘What If’ visions for society. 
 
 

JPIT Internship



Applications are still open for our year-long paid internship, based full-time with the JPIT Team. Are you excited about how your skills, gifts and experience could play a part in encouraging the church to seek justice and peace? This could be the year for you! Join us in September 2020 for a year of learning, development and getting stuck in!

Applications close on 22nd March, so there’s still plenty of time to get your application in or share with friends.
 
JPIT Internship

COP26 Project Co-ordinators
Could you lead the Methodist Church in combating the climate crisis and caring for God’s world?

The Methodist Church are seeking two young Methodists aged 18-29 to form part of a new international climate justice team. The team will spend the next year creating and developing the vision, branding and strategy for a high-impact campaign that encourages Methodist people and churches around the world to engage more deeply with climate justice.

If this could be you or someone you know, find out more information below. 
COP26 Project Co-ordinators 
Blogs 
 
Should the Church be woke? 


“Too often the church ends up having substantial conversations about important social issues years after the rest of society has moved on.”



Cameron explores the role of identity politics in today’s culture, and how the Church should be responding.

 
Should the Church be woke?

What are women worth? 


“Acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that women do is an issue of justice and equality.”



How does our economy fail to recognise and value the work of women? Josie explores in her latest blog.  
 
What are women worth?
‘Bishops on the Benches’ with the Bishop of London

 This month’s Faith in Politics explores the role of Bishops in the House of Lords. The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally talks of her experience in the House and how her previous role as the Chief Nursing Officer shapes her ministry and politics. Cameron and Rosella muse on the role of Bishops in the House of Lords today considering how this convention sits within wider debates of reforming the House of Lords.
    
Listen to Faith in Politics here
How could you be talking about Public Issues this month?
 
  • Lent begins on 26 February. Are you making a commitment to the climate this Lent? If so, talk about it with your friends and neighbours, and share why you think it's important to take personal action for the climate. You can find different resources to talk about Living Lent here.
  • With the Chancellor resigning only a few weeks before the next planned budget, there's lots of talk about how we spend our money. Our friends at ECCR have just launched their new resource, 'Money Makes Change', to help small groups talk about how money can be a force for good. Could you strike up some conversations about money? Find the resource here.
  • It's International Women's day on Sunday 8th March. How could you talk about the need for Gender equality in your church and community this month? Why not read Josie's blog to explore how the economy works (or doesn't!) for women, and start up some conversations about change in your community.
   
Our friends at EAPPI are looking for Ecumenical Accompaniers to serve in Palestine and Israel in 2021. Could this be you? Find out more about the opportunity here.
Dates for your diary


23 February  Church Action on Poverty Sunday. Find resources here.
24 February–8 March Fairtrade Fortnight. Get involved here.
6 March  World Day of Prayer. Find resources here.
8 March International Women’s Day. Get involved here.  
 
To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk