Social Issues and Initiatives 


Eco-Church

We have been making a particular effort  to be "Green" at Trinity for more than 12 years now, at first as part of the EcoCongregation initiative and more recently as part of Eco-church. This video, which was produced for the LL Churches Eco Conference in October 2020, shows some of the things we did to achieve the Eco Congregation Gold Award and more recently, the Bronze Eco Church Award.
Since achieving the Eco-church Bronze Award, good progress has been made towards getting the Silver. One outstanding challenge is the church garden, which has become very overgrown. Plans are being developed to restore it and, perhaps, turn it into a resource for teaching about caring for the environment.
 
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Working with the homeless and the Community Foodbank

Leighton Linslade Homeless Service (LLHS) has been an important presence in the town for many years and in 2013 we at Trinity began to work in partnership with them, by providing a hot meal and fellowship at a Drop-In on one night a week on church premises. 
Up until the beginning of the first Lock-down in March 2020, LLHS were running a Night Shelter for Rough Sleepers at Black Horse House (BHH) in North Street. But when it was necessary for numbers of guests there to be limited and for them to live on the premises in order to meet Government Guidelines, the Shelter converted to a hostel, focussing on helping a small number of residents to re-build their lives. At the same time the Trinity Drop-In had to be suspended, along with other activities on the premises. 


Foodbank

LLHS has run a Community Foodbank since 2012 and is continuing to do so, with residents working from the basement of BHH and additional storage elsewhere.  Arrangements are being made to allow volunteers to run the Foodbank without working from within BHH but these are not yet in place (as of November 2020). When they are, a group of volunteers at Trinity will be ready to help.
Until further notice, for information relating to the Foodbank call BHH on 07842 122429 or 01525 373628 

PLEASE NOTE: TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH IS NOT A COLLECTION POINT OR DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE FOODBANK. PLEASE CALL THE ABOVE NUMBER. THANK YOU.

 


Rough Sleepers and other Homeless People

Information about the work going on at BHH Hostel is available on their web site; http://www.llhsblackhorse.org.uk but this is not a point of contact for services for homeless people or rough sleepers.
In response to the Covid 19 crisis Central Beds Council (CBC) expanded and developed their services to include a Rough Sleeper Outreach Service provided by NOAH Enterprise. Anyone sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough should be referred to CBC on 0300 300 4370 or direct to NOAH Enterprise at centralbeds.outreach@noahenterprise.org

 


The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team March 2021

 
The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team
 
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Newsletter 126    March 2021
Dear Friends


It's been 12 months since we last gathered together at the JPIT Conference in Derby. It seems like it's been a long year, and so many of the circumstances we've encountered have called us to put the 'Renewal and Rebellion' we explored at that conference to good use.


Despite being physically apart, we're still finding ways to gather together around issues of peace and justice. In this month's newsletter, we have lots of opportunities to get involved. From the Reset The Debt Day of Prayer & Action to Climate Sunday and Investing in Change, we hope you'll be able to connect with us digitally over the coming weeks, and inspire others in your community and congregation to get involved.


Every Blessing
Hannah & the JPIT team

Friday 26th March: Reset The Debt Day of Prayer & Action

On Friday 26th March, we’re joining together in prayer for just and compassionate solutions to the household debt crisis brought on by Covid-19.


We’re also joining in action, to call on our government to support families weighed down by debt because of Covid-19. 
Could you take a moment to join us? Put it in your diary now and join us to pray and act for change.
  
What to expect:
Pray throughout the day: Practical and thoughtful prayer prompts throughout the day.



Pray Together: Join us at 12:45-1:15 for a live prayer broadcast with Church leaders and MPs, as we hold those weighed down by debt in prayer.

Take Action: Speak up for change with our quick but powerful actions. Sign the petition, share with friends and start a conversation.
Get involved

Webinar: 18th March 2-3:30pm
Haven’t had a chance to engage with Reset The Debt yet? Now’s your chance! We’re hosting a webinar on Thursday 18th March at 2pm with the HeartEdge network. Come along and dig into Reset The Debt.
Register here

Climate Sunday


Has your church decided when you’ll host your Climate Sunday yet? This year, churches across the UK are coming together in worship, to commit and speak up for climate justice.


Watch the JPIT team explain what Climate Sunday is about by clicking on the video! You can download the video to share in your church service here:
Download the video

Applications for our internship are now open!

Our full time internship, paid at the London Living Wage, is a chance to get practical experience in campaigning, communications and public policy – all whilst amplifying the voice of the Church in the public square! Applications to begin in September 2021 are now open.
Could this be for you or someone you know? Applications close on Wednesday 14th April.
Find out more

Politics in the Pulpit?

Our new weekly lectionary resource, Politics in the Pulpit, is onto its fifth episode! Have you been tuning in?


Each week, JPIT member Revd Beth Allison-Glenny chats with a guest about the week’s lectionary readings, and how preaching justice can enable us to be good news to the world today.


Find a new episode on our website each Tuesday morning.
Listen now

Election Resources

Across the UK, elections will be taking place on 6th May. We’re supporting you to Think, Pray, Vote – whether it’s in local or national elections, or for your Police and Crime Commissioner.


Have you registered to vote? You need to register to vote in this year’s elections. You might choose to register to vote by post or proxy because of social distancing restrictions. The deadlines are different depending on where you live. You can find out more information here.
Register to vote
Could you host a hustings? Hustings events will have to move online this year, but they are still as important. Help your community to engage with your elections. 
Explore our hustings guidance
What are the issues at play? Different issues will be centre stage depending on the election you’re voting in. We've written briefings for different issues across each election.
Read our election briefings

Investing in Change: Coffee Break

The UK Nuclear Weapons Financing Research Group (UKNWFRG) brings you a short session to help you think about how to make your money work for good.



Boil the kettle and join us for half an hour (or your morning coffee break!) with an opportunity to stay and discuss afterwards. This event will get you equipped to lobby your bank to invest your money ethically and ask them to change their policies around investing in fossil fuels, arms, nuclear weapons, and other ethical priorities.
Register now

'Looking globally, as a nation' with Rachael Maskell 

Join Meg and Rodney as they interview Labour MP Rachael Maskell on the latest Faith in Politics podcast. Rachel offers valuable insight into her political career, the role of her faith in politics and the positive contribution the UK can make by looking to our global community. Meg and Rodney muse on how thinking globally ties in with the phrase ‘charity begins at home’ and whether it is compatible.
Listen now

Blog: Our response to the Budget

On 4th March, the Chancellor released the Budget. We've put together an analysis of some key elements of what was announced.


Read it here.

Exciting Events

Climate Change Emergency: Resources for a Green Church
Saturday June 12th, 2021, 9.30am-3.00pm



Join JPIT Yorkshire’s local group for an online day conference to hear inspiring keynote speakers to stimulate your imagination, develop your understanding of the Bible and reinvigorate your worship life.


Register here.
All Sisters and Brothers: Sustaining hope with refugees & asylum seekers
Thursday 25 March, 6pm


Join London Churches Refugee Fund and Church Times for an evening in support of refugees.


With keynote speaker Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, actor Alfred Enoch, and representatives from LCRF and Migrants Organise.



Register for this free event here.
Eco Church 5th Anniversary online service
Friday 26th March 11:00 – 12:15.


Join A Rocha for a special online service to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Eco Church.

Speakers will include friends from across the Eco Church community including the Church of England’s lead bishop on environmental issues, The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins and Helen Stephens, A Rocha UK’s Church Relations Manager.


Sign up here.

Dates for your diary

22 March - World Water Day – Find out more here.


25 March - UN International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade – Find resources here.



22 April - World Earth Day – Get involved here.
To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk