Posts Tagged ‘harvest

11
Oct
12

Harvest and the Wolverhampton Food Bank

Wolverhampton Food BankThank you to everyone who brought goods to the St Paul’s School or Church Harvest festivals. The tins and packets were delivered to the Wolverhampton Food Bank on Tuesday, where they will be used to provide food parcels to families in difficulty. The photograph shows some of the volunteers at the food bank sorting the goods and putting together the parcels.

We are continuing to collect items for the Food Bank and for the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, week by week. There is a box in the church lobby for tins and packets for the Food Bank, and a plastic basket for men’s toiletries and food items for the Little Brothers. There are full lists of suitable items on the ‘how we can help’ leaflet in church.

The Food Bank also welcomes volunteers. If you’d like to know more, speak to Jim.

01
Oct
12

Harvest Festival

Our harvest festival is this coming Sunday, 7th October, at 10:30am.

You are invited to bring food, which will be passed on to those in need in our city, mainly through the work of Wolverhampton Food Bank and the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd.

You may also wish to bring some fresh flowers, which will be used as part of a display during the service, and a prayer you have written this week.

01
Oct
12

Autumn & Harvest Reflections

Following Jim’s sermon about prayer on Sunday, Linzee Perry is the first to take up the invitation to post a prayer of her own on the blog…

I looked out early the other morning and saw an autumn mist, a few leaves now being shaken from the trees changing to their autumnal shades – a sigh escaped me as I realized that autumn was really here.

Looking at the changing scenes and the rose hips forming, my mind turned to harvest.

A vision of a large broom sweeping the grain from the floor made me realize I probably needed to do some sweeping of my own. So, Lord, take your brush and sweep me clean, clean out the messy untidy bits of my life, the parts you’d really not like to see and set me on a path of more daily prayer time, time apart just for you.

I’ve started this journey now and thus far it’s really good. Amazing – I give you more time and somehow I have time enough for plenty of other things in my life too. This is a long journey but truly worthwhile, so thank you, Father, for being so patient with me, your wayward child; for all the good things in life you have given, support of family and friends, your wonderful creation which I enjoy in the garden, walking or on bike. Forgive the times when I hastily speak, gossip or stray from your path and let your marvellous Holy Spirit touch and direct me each day.

If you have a prayer or reflection you’d like to share, get in touch.

27
Sep
12

Harvest help

As we approach Harvest, we give thanks to our Creator for all the good things we enjoy. The bible teaches us that the best way to show our thankfulness is to be generous in sharing what we have with others.

How can we, as a church, offer help to those most in need?
Everyone is finding the current economic situation challenging. But there are some for whom it is especially difficult, and churches are increasingly being asked for support from people needing emergency help with basic needs, such as food or keeping warm. This blog entry lists three simple ways that we at St Paul’s can contribute to efforts to meet these needs.

Remember that if you or anyone you know require such help, please do speak to Jim. All conversations will be treated in strict confidence.

The Wolverhampton Food Bank
The Food Bank will be the focus for our Harvest festival on October 7th.

The Food Bank provides emergency food parcels, and sometimes basic baby products, to individuals and families in crisis. They take referrals from organisations, including churches, which makes sure the help goes to those most in need.
We can help by donating food and other items as listed below.

There is a box for donations in the foyer (in the chapel during the week.) The Food Bank also welcomes volunteers. If you would like to offer some time, Jim can give you further details.

Suitable items for the Wolverhampton Food Bank (tinned / dried / UHT products ONLY please)
Milk      Cereal      Tea / Coffee      Sugar      Jam / Spreads      Fruit Juice / Squash       Meat / Fish (TINNED ONLY)
Pasta / Noodles      Rice      Pulses / Couscous      Soup      Vegetables (TINNED ONLY)      Pasta sauces / other cooking sauces
TINNED Fruit / Puddings      Snacks / Biscuits      Nappies (SEALED PACKETS)      Baby wipes / other baby toiletries
Baby Food (with long ‘use-by’ date)      Toiletries

The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd
The Little Brothers provide daily meals to the homeless and destitute of Wolverhampton, from their base at Darlington Street Methodist Church. They also provide men’s toiletries and clothing, and sometimes blankets.

We can help by donating men’s toiletries & clothing, shower towels, blankets and food, as listed below. There is a box for donations in the foyer (in the chapel during the week.) The Brothers also welcome volunteers. If you would like to offer some time, Jim can give you further details.

Suitable items for the Little Brothers
Toothbrushes & toothpaste      Men’s deodorant      Soap      Disposable razors      Shaving foam/gel      Socks (new)
Underwear (new)      Mens’ shirts, trousers, sweaters, vests, coats & jackets, footwear, etc. (new or used, but in good, clean condition)

Financial Giving
The Vicar’s Discretionary Fund is a small pool of money which the vicar can access to provide help for specific needs identified through pastoral work or via our community partners and schools. The help given is confidential and known only to the vicar and treasurer.
The Fund is very small, while the needs are increasing, so contributions to it are welcome. Donations to the fund can be given to the treasurer or to Jim. Please consider Gift Aid if you are able to.

Prayer
Of course the most important thing is to pray; Pray for those in need, pray for the Wolverhampton Food Bank, the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd and all who seek to bring help and support; Pray for ourselves, giving thanks for the good things we have and asking that God would show us how we can best serve others; Pray for St Paul’s Church that we might be an instrument of God’s love and generosity to those in our community.

Gracious God,
the comfort of all who sorrow,
the strength of all who suffer,
hear the cry of those in misery and need.
In their afflictions show them your mercy,
and give us, we pray,
the strength to serve them,
for the sake of Jesus Christ
who suffered for us. Amen.

 




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