Trinity Drop In for the Homeless

 

Since July 2013, on Wednesday evenings the Trinity Drop-In has been providing a good hot meal for homeless and other people of all ages that have been referred to us by LLHS. It is staffed by members of the congregation who have undergone food hygiene and safeguarding training, with a colleague from LLHS always present. The need for our services varies widely from week to week and we have served from 7 to 22 guests in an evening, not counting babies and dogs!
 

We have received some local authority grants and LLHS provide some basic groceries from their food bank but we rely mainly on generous donations from the Trinity congregation and others, both financially and in the form of food. Desserts are provided each week by members of the Trinity Fellowship Circle and our activities are underwritten financially by the Trinity.

WHILST OUR DROP IN OPERATES AS PART OF LEIGHTON LINSLADE HOMELESS SERVICE, ANY ENQUIRIES ABOUT THEIR EMERGENCY NIGHT SHELTER OR ABOUT OTHER DROP INS PROVIDING MEALS ETC ELSEWHERE SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO LLHS STAFF AT THE BLACK HORSE, NORTH STREET - TEL. 01525 381129 OR 07892 122429.
 

 

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Newsletter 100    January 2019
Dear Friends, 


It is the ONE HUNDREDTH issue of our JPIT Newsletter and we have so much to be thankful for. Over 2,000 people receive the Newsletter each month and it is a privilege to be able to inform, inspire and provoke our readers to take action on justice and peace issues. 


Since our last newsletter, the plight of those crossing the English Channel in an effort to enter the UK has been making the headlines, some of the inadequacies of the Universal Credit system have been acknowledged by UK Government, and of course the continuing wrangling and debate over Brexit has dominated political discussion.


We enter the new year in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty, but are more keenly aware than ever of our need to raise awareness of and speak up for the rights of the ignored and forgotten, the weak and the oppressed, and to represent and strive for the values of God's Kingdom. We are thankful for many opportunities in the year ahead to make a difference for the common good and are grateful to you for the role that you play in bringing light and life to the lives of many.


Thank you so much for reading and responding. Please do share the newsletter with anyone you think might benefit from it using the link at the bottom.
With every blessing,
       
Hannah and Roo
JPIT Newsletter Editors

    
    
NEW: Living Lent
The call to climate action is getting louder and louder, with research showing that our window of time to change predictions of the future is getting smaller and smaller.


So, this year, over the 40 days of Lent (beginning 6th March) we are inviting you to become part of the 'Living Lent' community, where together we will make significant, personal commitments to changing our lifestyles for the climate.


Could you take on one of the following challenges:
go meat-free
take up an alternative form of transport
give up single-use plastics
have an ‘electricity free’ hour every day
buy only locally sourced food
commit to buying nothing 'non essential' new



Through the ‘Living Lent’ community, we will share blogs, spiritual reflections and creative materials, and support each other as we attempt to change our lifestyles for the climate.
You can sign up today on the Living Lent website:
Explore the Living Lent website

Welcoming Environment Blog Series
 
In the latest blog about creating a welcoming environment for people coming to the UK, Sabine Chalmers of Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees writes about the Edinburgh Weekend Club, a regular social integration event for refugees.


JPIT's Rachel Lampard also writes about her first experience of volunteering in a foodbank for migrants – in Malta.
 
Read Sabine's blog
Read Rachel's blog 

Faith in Politics Podcast
 
Episode 2 of the Faith in Politics Podcast Season Two is still available if you missed it over the Christmas season. 


It includes an interview with Michael Tomlinson MP and some thoughts from JPIT's Simeon Mitchell. There is also some discussion on the Brexit deal and the UN report on poverty in the UK.


You can hear episode 2 and access all the Faith in Politics podcasts by clicking below:
 
Faith in Politics Podcast 
Keeping families small? Universal Credit two-minute briefing 
Paul's latest two-minute briefing responds to the temporary shift in policy on Universal Credit for the third child in a family. Is it necessary? Is it fair? What happens to families in the future?


Read the briefing by clicking below:


Photo credit: Missy N./Flickr
Universal Credit two-minute briefing
2019 Public Issues Calendar
 
The new Public Issues calendar for 2019 is here! Featuring dates of commemorations, prayer weeks,  and special events related to peace and justice issues, the calendar is updated during the year to reflect other events you tell us about.


New on the calendar for this year is World Toilet Day. You can use the link below to find out when it is and why it exists.
Public Issues Calendar 2019
Meet Your MP
Our Meet Your MP campaign is all about encouraging local churches to connect with their MP to build an effective relationship. We know that many MPs really welcome it and much positive conversation happens as a result.


We are still receiving encouraging stories of groups who accepted the challenge and have put on Meet Your MP events. Thank you for sending those stories our way.


If you're still not sure what it's all about and want to know more, click the button below.


Don't forget to let us know how it goes!
Meet Your MP information
Dates for your diary
  • Starting today: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
    This year, the theme is 'Only Justice', a call to be reminded again that our prayer for unity is offered up amidst injustice and that Christian disunity is in so many ways related to the divisions in our world. Find out more, and download resources, here.
    An Ecumenical Service of Prayer and Worship for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 12 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AA, Monday 21st January 2019 at 7.30pm.
  • 8th–10th March 2019: Fellowship of Reconciliation Annual Conference,Pathways to Peace. Hosted at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. Find out more here.
  • See the Public Issues Calendar for more.
To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk