Mission in Britain
In Yorkshire, many projects are being funded by the Methodist Church, some in conjunction with other denominations. One of these is the Touchstone Centre in Bradford: a response to a modern city, a church without a congregation based in an end terrace house. Inner city Christians may be thin on the ground, without the luxury of church premises and church family behind them, and the Centre is a support and a resource for these local Christians. It also works as a first point of contact for anyone in the community who needs help of any kind, steering them in the right direction towards appropriate secular agencies. The 'Faith to Faith' project, jointly funded by the Anglicans and Methodists, is based at the Touchstone Centre. This aims to build and maintain relationships between people in this multi-faith area, to find ways to work together for community action and social harmony.
Many other such low key operations exist in Britain's inner cities, funded by Mission in Britain and meeting particular local needs.
19th February 2006
The Service was led by our Minister, Rev. Tony Jeffries, when we focussed on charities and voluntary groups with which our Church members are connected. In this particular instance we concentrated on activities not necessarily linked with our Church For some it was mainly financial support and for others, both financial and active involvement. It was amazing to put together lists of those supported and we found around 75 different organisations.
Of course, we realise there will be many more which were not mentioned on that morning which people support. It’s interesting to see how we are involved in many areas of community life. Although these are generally secular organisations, we try to show our Christian faith in both practical and prayerful involvement. This involvement, though not under Methodism’s official umbrella of ‘Mission in Britain’, certainly shows we have a real commitment and mission to help and to work for others in many ways ~ something to acknowledge and celebrate!
Snapshot on Coffee Stop
Coffee Stop takes place weekly on Thursday
mornings for two hours. Guiseley people come into the foyer of the church for a
coffee, a chat and a laught! Its a very pleasant way of enjoying morning
coffee. We have a rota of helpers to make the coffee, and people from our
own church family and the local community call in for coffee. The profits
all go to charity - a total of nearly £5000 over the years. That's it
Our church doors are open every week
at the same time. People in Guiseley know they can come in for a cup of coffee.
People who might be new to the area, often older people. They might be feeling
lonely, tired, sad, upset and want someone to listen. They might be feeling
happy and want someone to share their happiness with.
Lord, when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?
Letter of appreciation from St George's Crypt:
behalf of all at St George's Crypt I write to thank the congregation of Guiseley
Methodist Church for their very kind gifts of produce which you were kind enough
to deliver to us yesterday. Each
year we are amazed at the generosity of so many people; would you please pass on
our grateful thanks to everyone for thinking of us and for taking the trouble to
donate the harvest goods.
especially in tins or packets, is welcome at all times of the year.
This is distributed with care to families or individuals in needs, which
could be those seeking help at the Night Centre, residents in our hostels or
families needing emergency food parcels through our Family Centre.
continuing gifts of bedding and towels are also extremely well received and we
are most grateful to you all.
With many thanks again, Judith
are always very welcome at the Crypt but there are 3 particular areas where
there is a shortage.
Night Centre at the Crypt: which is open 6.00 - 9.00 pm every night and this
caters for upwards of 170. Tea,
coffee and other refreshments are served in a social atmosphere.
Overnight Centre at the Crypt: open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 9.30 pm
- 8.30 am. Ten of the most needy
homeless in Leeds are referred by the Night Centre. They are allowed in from 11.00 pm and usually ready to sleep
between 12.30 am and 1.00 am.
Soup Run: Tuesday evening 9.00 pm - 12.00 midnight. This is run by the Simon Community. Soup, tea and coffee are taken to Leeds City Centre and
blankets are also given out.
If you feel able to assist please have a word with Michael Dawson or contact the Minister or Webmaster.