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Activities and opportunities to gather physically are nonexistent at the moment, though we are making much use of zoom meetings and other non face to face social media. This page seeks to affirm that the church is still active in the community even though the church doors are physically closed.
As more churches offer information then this page will be updated.

Churches may be interested in exploring and linking to yourneighbour.org

It is a network of over 1000 churches from over 40 denominations.
They are coordinating a UK church response to the Covid-19 crisis, working with churches, the government and the NHS.
They are running a national call centre, 7 days a week from 9-5 (0300 323 9952, local call rates).

The people answering the phones are trained and enhanced DBS checked. They can provide trauma or bereavement counselling, emergency food parcels, debt counseling, benefits advice, safeguarding advice and mental health care. They will connect callers to a local church for tasks such as food shopping, pharmacy collection, dog walking or a listening ear for those who are lonely.

Go here for more information and to access the services

If you want to know what's happening locally or may be interested in becoming involved then contact Viv, details below.

 

How can we support Warrington Hospital?

A central community and volunteer hub has opened at Warrington Hospital to support the community in donating food, toiletries and other comforts to patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some of the ways in which you could contribute:

  • Care packages for those being discharged home, patients and staff who may have to remain on the premises (including toiletries: shower gel, shampoo, hand and body cream, toothpaste and antiperspirant).
  • Boredom busters for patients who are finding the days very long without visitors, including: games, magazines, jigsaws, puzzle books, writing paper, envelopes, pens, adult colouring books and coloured pencils.
  • Hearts for comfort: Knitted, crocheted or fabric hearts in pairs (bagged and dated). One heart will be given to the patient and the other to their family (I am able to supply patterns for knitting and crochet).
  • Knitted puppets for the children's ward (patterns available), created using rainbow colours.

    If we are able to put together a box containing some of the above, here's something we have already done then it will be safely collected. If you would like to contribute, in any way, please contact Viv below

    Hearts and Hands for God Group

    This group based in Culcheth continues to be active — and even had a 'meeting' via Zoom, where we shared our works in progress. We continue to make prayer shawls and one was gratefully received this week (please contact us if you think of someone who would like to receive a shawl). We will be contributing to the puppets and hearts for Warrington Hospital whilst also making hearts for Holcroft Grange. We would welcome any contributions. Contact Caroline Fillery 07970641818 or Viv Briney

    Thursday Home Fellowship Group

    Unleashed...the Acts Church Today.

    Currently studying the materials published by Spring Harvest At Home, on the topic of 'Unleashed...the Acts Church Today.' These seven studies explore the life and witness of the early church. In the book of Acts, we see the church unleashed to make God's kingdom known. Thousands came to faith, signs and wonders inspired awe, and the church was radically united together for God's work. We also see the tensions...struggles over belief, holiness, leadership and unity. Two thousand years later, how can we be the church unleashed? What a theme...'for such a time as this!'
    This group studies at home and communicating by a group email. if you want to be included then please contact Viv Briney below

    Tuesday Art Group

    Morag's Tuesday art group are continuing to paint in these difficult times. "I send out a nursery rhyme or folk song and we all have to paint all or part of the song — sometimes literally — or since nursery rhymes always have secret meanings, we can try to be creative with our ideas. If you would like to join in this therapeutic activity, I would be delighted to hear from you.

    For information on any of the above activities then please contact
    Viv Briney 01925 764249 or mobile 07495073942 email: vivbriney@hotmail.com

    Food Banks

    We currently have 4 foodbank centres.
    Atherton Atherton Parish Church
    Opening Times
    Wed 13:00 — 15:00
    Fri 13:00 — 15:00

    Kingsleigh Methodist Church, Leigh
    Opening Times
    Mon 10:00 — 12:00
    Tue 10:00 — 12:00

    Leigh Baptist Church
    Opening Times
    Thu 10:00 — 12:00

    Olympic House, Platt Bridge
    Opening Times
    Tue 13:00 — 15:00

    Ring Warren for more details on 07980881925

    Prayer Chain

    Although this has arisen out of the covid19 crisis, which is the major concern in our nation just now, it is also an opportunity to pray in a concerted way about all the other issues that concern us, and which fall under the headings of "Church", "community", "wider world" "and personal/family needs".
    At the moment the prayer team are praying on average over 10 hours per day between them!

    If you haven't already seen it, I recommend "The Prayer Course" which you can watch on their website.
    It is free of charge. It is a great source of support and encouragement.

    If anyone needs guidance on prayer topics or structuring your prayer time, or for more information please contact
    Rev Len — len.pereira@methodist.org.uk 01942 526773

    Monday Morning Prayer

    9.30 to 10am. A short bible passage is sent to those who want to join in, and prayer requests are sought.
    Contact: Jane Bushby 01925 509558 if you want the reading and have any prayer requests.

    Helping Hands

    — based in the Village Club Culcheth, are organising food hampers for the needy and vulnerable.
    If you need one, or you know someone who does, then contact them directly at the Village Club
    Any questions please speak to Viv Briney vivbriney@hotmail.com 01925 764249