Mission and Outreach 

Team Leader: Keith Croxton

Mission to the Elderly the weekly session continues at Clarendon.  Please give thanks they are going remarkably well with residents and staff joining in.  We are getting to know the residents and hearing their stories.  They are thoroughly enjoying singing the hymns they know, and we also share a prayer with them.

We are taking a carol service for the residents on Tuesday December 13th so please pray that will be well received as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and tell the Christmas story.

Please pray for wisdom for how we develop this ministry in 2023 at Clarendon.  We also need to think about ways of reaching the elderly who are isolated in their own homes, a possible initiative for 2023: please pray for discernment about this area.   

Please continue to pray the Lord will bless the times at Clarendon that they will be fruitful as we share the gospel through what we do and say.

Please pray for the small team of volunteers visit Clarendon week by week  

Food Bank please give thanks for the amazing generosity of local supermarkets, businesses as well as our faithful army of regular givers (food and financial gifts) who have ensured we can deliver special Christmas Parcels to families who are struggling as well as to all those that will be referred to us during December.
 
Pray for the team in the food bank store who will very busy packing all the parcels so they can be sent out in good time for Christmas.

Pray for our shoppers and deliverers team during a challenging month. 

The winter months and the ongoing cost of living crisis will mean the Food Bank will continue to be busy during the early part of 2023 at least, so again prayers needed for all those involved, especially for health and strength.   Please continue to pray for the families in our community who will face difficulties coping over Christmas and then into the New Year.  

The Centre - Specsavers NHS Hearing Clinic, one of our long-term hirers, has now ceased using The Centre as they have a shop in town. This will impact on our income so please pray that a replacement will soon be found, this is an urgent need.

Please pray that the finances will hold up during the winter months as we face increased costs for heating, lighting etc, especially as we want to ensure that The Centre is a warm place for those who call in.

We will be celebrating Christmas at The Centre in various ways so pray that we can do that so hirers and their groups can be included. A vision for 2023 is we celebrate the church seasons (e.g Easter/Harvest/Christmas) as a way of sharing our faith with all who use The Centre.  

Please pray for Coffee and Company and Tea and Chat as we seek to draw more in. The numbers have not regularly reached the pre pandemic levels.

Give thanks for Judith and all the volunteers who make The Centre such a welcoming and special place.  Our passion is to ensure The Centre will be a sacred place in the heart of the town, where God’s love, compassion and acceptance can be experienced. A place where the first steps to knowing Jesus can be made.