Chudleigh Parish Churches 2019 Summer Project
Helping individuals and churches answer God’s mission call
The Church Mission Society operates in the UK as well as overseas, and since the retirement of Francesca Elloway, our long-time link missionary in Congo, we have adopted as our CMS Mission Partner Ruth Sayers, who is based in Devonport, Plymouth. Ruth visited Chudleigh first back in April and returned on Sunday 14th July to tell us more about her work in Devonport. Devonport, an urban parish, is an area of need, nowadays with a lot of unemployment, and three churches are working together to try to make a difference. Ruth told us specifically about three current projects.
Feast for Fun -Half of all schoolchildren in Devonport qualify for free school meals, which is fine in term time, but what about the holidays? The churches are laying on Feast for Fun each Monday during the summer holiday, feeding families, rather than just the children. They have been interested to find not only that a roast (chicken with vegetables) is seen as a great treat, but that board games afterwards are also hugely popular as something new and different.
Craft Days -These are run in conjunction with the Devonport Library.
Work Club -This is a major work, ongoing on Wednesdays all year. Only the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year is missed. Computers are provided for the use of job seekers and for writing CVs. Advice is available on claiming benefits, and refreshments are provided.
Besides the funds that we have undertaken to raise through our Summer Project, Ruth told us she would value prayer for the work, especially the Work Club, and for herself.
Read more about Ruth and her work on our Mission Partners Page – click here
THE HILLCREST AIDS CENTRE TRUST – Providing support for young people and schools in South Africa affected by HIV/AIDS
Hillcrest is a suburb of Durban, South Africa. The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust:
Supports the education of Aids orphans in South Africa by paying their school fees and for their school uniforms and books. Supports the development of teachers skills in township schools.
Organises projects to South African rural township schools undertaken by 16-17 year-old South African students, painting and decorating and working with the pupils.
The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust was founded in 1990 by the Hillcrest Methodist Church in response to the pending HIV/AIDS pandemic. Supporting the work in South Africa, and making a point of ensuring that ALL funds raised go to that work, the UK-based HACT was established in 2002. Besides the ongoing work highlighted above, the Trust supports other projects undertaken by the Centre, such as a recent trip for pupils from four rural township primary schools to visit a leadership camp outside Durban; a reward for their academic effort and achievement.
To see more information about the Hilcrest Aids Centre Trust follow this link https://www.hillcrestaids.org.uk/