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Tea for visiting church group
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The Woodstock Walkers
We believe and trust in God, who loves us all.
We believe and trust in Jesus, who showed us what love means.
We believe and trust in the Holy Spirit, who helps us to love in return.
Part of our discipleship is to reach out to others and share God's love and support in any way we can. One of the ways we do this is through our church project, a cause we adopt for usually two years and for which we both raise money and raise awareness of the issues involved. In recent years, these have included:
At the beginning of June 2012, we adopted three new charities, this time more local ones, all of whom were working with issues of homelessness in Oxford. Over the following two years, we raised £1000 each for Gatehouse, The Porch and Howard House.
At the beginning of June 2014, we changed our charities once more and are currently supporting two overseas charities. One is ZANE works with people in Zimbabwe and the other is one of All We Can's partners in India. READ help some of the poorest people learn to read.
As well as our church project we continue to support a variety of other charities and causes in all sorts of ways, whether through house-to-house collections, special events (eg. the Christmas Fayre or our annual Quiz Night), collecting boxes, promoting Fairtrade products, food donations or envelopes on a Sunday morning. This year these charities have included Action for Children, Cancer Research, Christian Aid, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, Methodist Homes, the North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank, JMA and the Methodist World Mission Fund.
Woodstock Methodist Church regularly supports charities through its "church project", a particular cause for which we both raise money and raise awareness, usually for a period of two years. These alternate between something overseas and something closer to home. Our current church project, adopted in June 2012, concerns the issue of homelessness and involves three local charities. They will be our church project over the next couple of years, during which time we hope to raise enough money to give them £1000 each. We have already raised over £1800 so are well on our way to achieving our goal!
During Homelessness Week, at the end of January, members from the three organisations came to speak during our Sunday morning service and give us more information about the work that they do. It was particularly poignant to hear from a former resident of Howard House about his experiences of rehabilitation there. He is now a volunteer at Howard House helping others who find themselves in a similar situation.
The Gatehouse provides food, shelter and company to Oxford's homeless and poorly housed population. It is now based at St Giles Parish Rooms and is open to anyone who is 25 or over on weekday evenings from 5pm to 7pm and on Sundays from 3pm to 5pm.
The Steppin' Stone Centre provides day long support for homeless and vulnerably housed people wanting to move forward in their lives, away from street-life and addiction. It focuses upon housing, health, wellbeing, education and employment, and aims to provide healthy food, practical help, companionship, learning skills, work related skills and opportunities for development.
Howard House can be found on the Iffley Road in Oxford and provides residential detoxification for adults who are seeking abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Most people stay for 12 weeks and receive daily support, group sessions, monitored detoxification and access to counselling and advice.
Woodstock Methodist Church is proud to be a supporter of the Fairtrade movement with its aim of putting justice at the heart of world trade and ensuring that everyone gets a fair deal for the things they produce and the work they do.
Wherever possible, we use fairly traded goods on the premises (eg. for our tea, coffee and biscuits), and also have a Fairtrade stall every Sunday morning. Although it is good that an increasing number of stores stock fairly traded goods, and this should be encouraged wherever possible, our Sunday stall remains a useful resource for the items that were otherwise forgotten or unavailable elsewhere. It also helps some of our youngsters develop their selling techniques!
As a church, we are very pleased to be able to support the North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank, along with all the other churches in Woodstock. Although, ideally, such things should not be needed, with finances getting ever tighter, and cut backs in the welfare system, people are increasingly needing the help of food banks across the country (see recent newspaper article). The North Oxfordshire one covers the area between Kidlington and Chipping Norton including Woodstock, Bladon and Tackley. We have a collecting box for food donations at the back of the church and contributions are always welcome.
Items that the foodbank particularly need at the moment include:
We are delighted to enjoy good relations with our Anglican, Catholic and Baptist friends and share in a variety of activities through Churches Together, whether that be a Songs of Praise in the Town Square, Women's World Day of Prayer, various Lenten activities, the annual Good Friday Walk of Witness, Easter morning sunrise communion by Blenheim Lake or the Christian Aid door-to-door collection. Our housegroups, too, are generally ecumenical
give us a wisdom before we speak,
understanding while we listen,
sensitivity towards those we meet,
and the perspective of your kingdom,
in which to see the things of earth.
In Christ's name we ask it.