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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/
The Churches’ Weekend Away Talks March 2019
Speaker: Simon Holland
Click on the following links to hear Simon’s talks
Session 1: Grafted
Session 2: Abide
Session 3: Fruitfulness Part 1
Session 4: Fruitfulness Part 2
The Churches’ Weekend Away reports
Around 100 of us travelled to Lee Abbey in north Devon for the Church Weekend Away. We joined friends from Chudleigh Parish Church, Chudleigh Baptist Church and Chudleigh Knighton and Trusham Churches for a refreshing weekend together.
I had never been to Lee Abbey before and was not entirely sure what the experience would be like. The journey there was somewhat wet and misty but the welcome was warm as was the hot chocolate! The weekend was blessed with rather a lot of weather (!) and we could hear the wind howling around the building and watch the horizontal rain through the windows while we were tucked up warm inside. The building was impressive and I realised that wherever you looked there was something beautiful, whether it was a stained glass window, a vase, a carved fire surround or a view through the window: it was lovely.
The weekend gave us an opportunity to spend time together and to get to know one another better. Instead of dashing off after a quick hello we could have a chat over a coffee, catch up with an old friend or make a new one. Mealtimes also gave us opportunities to share fellowship as well as good food. We had some fun quizzes, stimulating discussion topics and various activities on Saturday afternoon led by the Community team from the Abbey. But more than anything the weekend gave us a chance to step out of our busy lives and spend some time in the Fathers presence, to seek His will or to just be.
Simon Holland, the Warden at Lee Abbey, was a gifted speaker, using poetry, humour and eloquence to share the message of how we are grafted into the Vine (Jesus) and that if we are in Him then we will bear good fruit. I was reminded that I didnt choose God but he chose me. Its all about Love.
I came away from the weekend feeling refreshed and excited about what God has planned for our community here in Chudleigh, not to be inward looking but to look out with a vision of sharing Gods love with those around us.