Mildenhall Anglican Church




For Harvest this year we are supporting the work of Tearfund in Nepal in a new partnership link

shared with St.Mary’s academy.


Where is Nepal? Nepal lies sandwiched between the two domineering land masses and national

powers that are India and China, yet it still manages to retain a culture that is distinctly its own.

 
Population 29,717,000 half of those live in capital Kathmandu,

We know about the towering peak of Mount Everest, 8,850 metres, but did you know that 8 out of 10 of the world’s highest mountains are found within the relatively small 143,000 km2 that Nepal occupies?

There are 125 different ethnic groups and castes in Nepal and they speak hundreds of different languages. Not accents, but languages.

The average life expectancy in Nepal is 59.

It is one of the poorest countries in the world. ½ the population survives on 1 dollar a day,

Water supply for the towns is problem. The infrastructure can produce around 180 million ltrs a day in Kathmandu while theaverage demand is over 350 million ltrs daily. Generally water is only supplied for two and a half hours a day on four days a week.


Yeti are said to roam in Nepal but nobody has ever found one. Hinduism and Buddhism are the two main religions.


Why are Tearfund working in Nepal?


The history of the Nepalese church is marked by persecution, suffering and times of national turmoil. It is also a story of the powerful movement of the Holy Spirit and rapid growth from a handful of Christians in the 1950's to an estimated 800,000 today.


Much of the church's growth is among the lower caste, poorly educated groups. Despite being eager to preach the Good News, many Nepali Christians haven't considered demonstrating God's love through practical action.


With Tearfunds help, this is beginning to change, Local churches throughout the country are gaining a better understanding of biblically based mission and discipleship.


Tearfund is training local church 'core groups' in the key skills they need to work as a transforming force in their communities. These groups are learning vital leadership and networking skills, how to manage projects, and finance. They also support and accompany local churches as they work with the communities to identify key problems among the most vulnerable, and to mobilise local resources already available, this to ensure the Nepali church is well equipped for the future.


Your support will enable more local churches to be catalysts of change in their surrounding communities. Churches will be better equipped to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of others and to bring the love of Christ to their Hindu neighbours.

 

Harvest Appeal - Sagoal our link project in Nepal Project Aims ;-

Developing biblically based visions – strengthen their biblical understanding of mission

Practical training - Training local core groups in the key skills they need to work as a transforming force in their communities

Building confidence and preparing for independence – supporting and accompanying local churches as they work with the community to identify key problems amongst the most vulnerable.

Promoting sustainable church based approaches to tackling poverty – working with Bible colleges and other Christian organisations to raise awareness on the practice of biblically based integral mission.

Sagoal want to reach 12,000 people working through 74 church communities in rural Nepal.

12,000 people in different communities will receive direct benefit which addresses poverty issues in at least one area of their lives. Typically, churches and communities will start working together to tackle the poverty issues they have identified . such as

  • Provision of toilets and increasing basic hygiene awareness

  • Increasing local food production

  • Income generation for poor families

  • Start saving and credit groups

  • Adult literacy

What will it cost?

£4.50 could help an illiterate adult women participate in church run literacy training for 9 months helping her learn to read the bible.

£10 could cover the cost of a pastor attending a 3 day workshop, enabling him/her to start working towards priority poverty needs with the community


£24 could provide a poor family with a goat. The local church will contribute towards the cost. After 2 years the goat should produce 2-3 kids. One of each goats off spring will be given back to the community run scheme, so that further families can benefit.

£75 could provide agricultural, financial, and marketing training for a family, with a follow up after 12months, encouraging them to grow vegetables commercially as a new source of income to improve their nutrition and standard of living.





Can you make room for an international student to experience true British Festive hospitality?

Hosting an international student will bring a whole new dimension to your Christmas, with a chance to learn

about another country’s traditions and enjoy the connection and friendship that such sharing brings.


HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief visits-one day, a weekend or, over the festive

period, a three-day visit, with UK hosts.

We warmly welcome new volunteer hosts to join us.

To learn more, go to our website www.hostuk.org

or leave us a message on http://visits.hostuk.org/Public/ApplyToBecomeAHost




Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal 2019

Time to start thinking about collecting items for your shoe boxes again, they will need to be completed by the beginning of November.

Suggested items are fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items, plus a donation of £5 to cover shipping etc.


St. John’s Light party – Sunday 27th October

4 pm to 6 pm.

an interactive time together for Children & Families’ A Celebration for All Saints

Fancy dress as a saint, superhero or inspirational figure from true life or fiction


St. Nicholas Hospice Care - Bereavement Cafe A weekly drop in group in Mildenhall  Fridays 10am - midday at The Bell Hotel, 25 High Street, Mildenhall

Losing a loved one can turn your world upside down and make you feel lost. Talking about it can help.

The bereavement cafe is a space to talk about the pain of loss but also find courage and strength in knowing you are not alone. Its ok to cry, laugh, to be angry or frightened.

If you have any questions please call Bianca on 01284 715572 or email enquiries@stnh.org.uk




The Parish giving scheme - to help churches with giving
The advantages include – gift are made by direct debit .(saving counting and banking ) An option of increasing your gift on line with inflation keeping your giving up to date. Gift Aid is added monthly (saving drawing up and making a claim annually) Option to be anonymous. Tokens available if you would like to put something on the collection plate. More info and packs about this scheme are now available. Please see Jean. Also make sure you pick up the leaflet about good stewardship and pray about ideas on how you can help


Blue bin recycling

Please make sure we only use the blue bin for clean, dry paper, card, cardboard, aluminimum cans and plastics which can be recycled.(mostly bottles and biscuit tin liners) Little bits of plastic bags and cellophane etc. cannot go in the blue bin. In church we collect items for the blue bin in the small grey bins – please make sure you have emptied your cup before putting it in the bin.

Thank you

First Aid box alert

While we hope First Aid will not be needed- if you are not already aware- the First aid box is on the bottom shelf of the hymn book trolley nearest to the main door.

Or at least it should be there somewhere- sometimes it gets pushed to the back, hidden behind a box or buried under papers. Please can we make sure that it is always quickly and easily accessible by keeping it at the front of the shelf and free of any obstructing items. Thank you.



 

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News for your interest and for your help in putting into action:

1. The grass in the area under the trees opposite the north door is beginning to grow, so the red fencing will be taken away. However, we still need to let this grass become established. So, please avoid parking here. There are now signs on the spaces next to the Cottage rooms as a reminder that these are for people coming to the church who have limited mobility.

2. The fire policy requires a 2nd exit to be open - this will usually be the south door. We will need to do a fire drill in a service soon- as soon as we have the welcome team primed about their roles.

3. Please continue to help to keep distractions to a minimum, by waiting to move from, or to your seat during a pause in the service or a hymn. This is especially so during for example the important time of banns being read, the quiet of prayers, of notices being given, or other times of focusing and listening. Thank you.

4. At a Holy Communion service, for health reasons, as an alternative to taking wine from the chalice, we have some small cups to save you trying to dip your bread in the chalice and the problems that come from this. So, please allow the Holy Communion assistant to give you a small cup and then give it back to them after you have drunk the wine. Thank you.  

5. The church may stay open until 8pm on light evenings to allow more people to visit.

6. If you would like to make your gifts to the church by a standing order directly into the church account this would be very welcome. If you are giving in this way, please do not feel that you need to put something on the plate when it passes. Or, if you feel strongly that you would like to have something to put on the plate, we could make a card for you to put on, as a symbol of your gift.

7. If you would like to set up a standing order please speak to Stephanie Palmer. Also, please see her if you area tax payer and you have not yet signed a Gift Aid declaration. This enables the church to reclaim the tax that you have paid on which will increase your gift at no extra cost to yourself. Thank you.