You are invited to come and enjoy a photographic insight into life in the North Bank area of

The Gambia as well as a simple Gambian-style meal.    (Please bring your own drinks.)

Venue: The United Reformed Church, Mill Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7BQ                            

Tickets £10 from Rosemary Woodall or Dorothy Blatcher

 

Gambia for website

 

On Sunday 31st March we celebrated 50 years of our church building. Thank you to Martin Legg for taking the service and to Mary Bite for baking the celebration cake.

50th anniversary cake right way up

Elaine Batten came to talkk to us about our local foodbank on 10th March. Elaine and Jeremy are passionate about the food bank, which started in 2012 at St James Church in Goffs Oak. Local churches and community groups work together towards stopping hunger in our local area.

The food bank is part of the Trussell Trust. The staff are All volunteers. They have got shopping to a fine art. Basic food parcels give food for breakfasts, lunches adn evening meals for 3-4 days. The foodbank is desperately short of food. There has been a big increase in the number of food parcels needed. Last year the average per week was 62 but the figure is well into the 70s so far this year. People needing food are issued food bank vouchers by a referral agency, which does the necessary checks. Customers are very varied. Local supermarkets donate fresh food (Marks and Spencer, Tesco community food, Warburtons Bakery, Greggs, Morrisons and Swithenbanks). Lidl donated a freezer. B3 Living donated an electric van. Jeremy collects food every day from variuous Tescos. Tesco weighs donations in its stores and converts 20% of the weight into a money donation. The food bank also welcomes toiletries and basic clothing for children and adults. The foodbank enabeles people the time to sort out thier problems. there is a delivery service for emergencies. there is a gluten free adn lactose free section. Baby bundles are available in partnership wih the national Childbirth Trust.

Our church collects food and money at our monthly communion services. Dionations can be brought at any time. There are receptacles in the upper room and in the downstairs kitchen.

Urgently needed food items include: UHT milk 1 litre, tinned fruit 400g, tea bags 80s, breakfast cereals and canned fish.

'The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.'

see the website Broxbourne.foodbank.org.uk

 

Most people in Broxbourne are fortunate enough never to have to experience homelessness, but for those who do it can be a very traumatic experience that is hard to escape from, damaging physical and emotional well-being.

From January 7th to March 3rd 2019, Churches Together across Broxbourne Borough hosted a Winter Night Shelter (WNS) pilot, with the intention of creating an ongoing WNS should the pilot prove successful and the demand sufficient. It ran with support from Housing Justice and with Broxbourne Council.

During the eight week duration of the pilot, guests were referred to the project by Broxbourne Council, and offered an evening meal, overnight accommodation and breakfast in a circuit of seven local churches, each of which was open on a different night of the week.

The project was staffed by volunteers from the local churches and wider community (there was no requirement to be a Christian to either attend or volunteer). It was overseen by a Core Steering Group, with each venue being organised by one or more Venue Coordinators. All volunteers have been trained.

The contact for our church is Natasha Appiah. Thank you Natasha for all your work at Elim Church!

 

Night shelter meal

Mothers and Toddlers Group.

A place where pre-school children and their carers can come and find friendship and fun in a safe environment .....

Carers keep an eye on their children as they race around the hall on bikes, or jump on the trampoline, or play with smaller toys. There are things to make and do and refreshments too! 

We meet in term-time on Wednesday afternoons, 1.30 to 3.00 and cost £1 per week per family.

 

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Also, check the Church Diary
for other events