In our latest prayer briefing, Revd Tina Upton shares a "Spotlight on Blacon" highlighting some of the wonderful work carried out by Holy Trinity during the current lockdown.
“We praise God and thank Him for His abundant, hilariously generous, provision for us at this time, for His provision and blessing to us of finances, people and adequate amounts of food for the need we have faced hitherto. The food hub in our church hall has come together in a truly miraculous way.
“Thirty-six volunteers are involved in delivering the service. These volunteers include church members, concerned members of the community, and also others from the wider area who wanted to give something back. The team formed was truly ‘thrown together’ at very short notice, but they work extremely well together, each using their gifts, and there is a very happy atmosphere in the church hall.
“More than 400 households have signed up. Not all need our input every week, and on average we provide food to about 200 households per week, approximately two thirds of which have children or teenagers. Some are fleeing domestic violence, others are refugees, others are struggling at or below the breadline. Most people collect a food parcel from either our hall or another venue on the estate, at one of four collection times per week. We are also providing baby milk and food, nappies, and sanitary products. Those unable to collect, receive a delivery from one of our carefully selected volunteers. Over the weeks, these deliverers have formed a really good relationship with their recipients, and the weekly (distanced) conversation can be most valuable. We also deliver a twocourse cooked (chilled) meal to about sixty vulnerable elderly residents each week, and in the summer holidays we will be upscaling that for about a hundred families with activity bags for the children as well.
“The biggest challenge is going forwards from here, with an easing of lockdown while people’s needs may not be easing as quickly. The church hall currently looks like a food warehouse. In normal times, we have all kinds of activities, daytime and evening, seven days a week, including a G.P. clinic, A.A. group and uniformed organisations. None of those would be conceivably possible today. So, we are embarking on some alterations to the building to create a new room which could be used for further food storage so that the main hall can be accessed by those groups. Therefore, we are in the process of trying to arrange funding for this essential work. God has always provided for our needs, and we trust Him to provide at this time, too. We also need real wisdom and discernment about how to move from this emergency food provision to something more sustainable in the long-term, working in conjunction with the Community Outreach Project this church has developed over a number of years, but which has had to halt its operations during the lockdown.”
God of Hope
God of hope,
where things seem to be one big tangle of pain and unhappiness,
intervene with your saving love;
where people are in conflict or locked in a stalemate,
release them from the cycle of war;
where your name is outlawed and your children are forced to hide,
break through their darkness and be God-revealed to them;
where despair takes centre stage and depression and anxiety sharpen their claws,
fill those situations with unexpected peace and joy.
God of hope,
God of all time and of every place:
may the earth be filled with the knowledge of you,
and may your light flow over the world like a covering,
bringing protection from the darkness
and from the evil that often frightens and wounds us.
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