Social Issues and Initiatives 

 

Warm greetings to all!

It’s been a long time in lockdown, but now that there is light at the end of the tunnel may I update you on our support for various charities over this last difficult year.
Thanks to our kind knitters we were able to contribute colourful hats and scarves, warm gloves and mittens, and cute teddies to the annual Shoe Boxes appeal for needy children abroad. Nearer to home lovely baby clothes and cot blankets etc. were passed on to families living locally. Larger hats and jumpers were given to a humanitarian charity set up in London. Some very tiny hats will be going to a UK hospital for their maternity ward.
We have also been supporting the charity “Hope & Aid Direct” https://www.hopeandaiddirect.org.uk/ which supports refugees across the world, in particular in Greece. They have endured a difficult year but, at last, Brexit hold ups have been sorted out and aid from the UK is getting through. Blankets are one of the items much in demand, as are 6 inch (or similar) knitted squared or strips which can be used to make up blankets. Sincere thanks to all our knitters – please keep up the good work. New knitters are also welcome. If you need wool or more information, please let me know.
Take care and hope to see you soon.
‘Cilla Wagner
 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The South Bedfordshire Circuit’s Church Leadership Team embarked (Feb. 2019) on an exploratory research initiative to examine EDI issues and approaches. The Circuit consequently is now taking steps to develop and/or improve its equalities policies and practices. 
To see more about what the Circuit are doing please click here.


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 June 2021

 
The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team
 
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Newsletter 129        June 2021
Dear Friends


This week we have celebrate Refugee Week, and seen the end of the G7 meeting in Cornwall. Both have been opportunities to reflect on the value of not just partnership, but being good neighbours to one another in our global community. From local acts of kindness at foodbanks, holiday clubs and language lessons, to big-picture issues around vaccine distribution, fair tax and accessible resettlement routes for asylum seekers, we have the opportunity to live out our biblical calling to ‘love our neighbour’.


This month’s newsletter contains lots of online events, where you can join together with others to continue this conversation and be resourced to take action. We hope to see some of you there.


Every blessing

Hannah & the JPIT team

Refugee Week 2021

This week has been Refugee Week, celebrating the contribution, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.


We believe that the Bible calls us to welcome the stranger and contribute towards a society where people are treated with decency and dignity.


Read our blog, exploring this year’s Refugee Week theme: ‘We cannot walk alone’.
Read our Refugee Week blog here 

Beckly Lecture 2021

What does it mean to wrestle with the challenges of a global pandemic as a Christian in leadership?



We’re delighted that the Beckly Lecture 2021 will be delivered by Prof Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of Scotland. Prof Leitch is one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland and a Scottish Government Director. He has been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic response in Scotland. Jason will speak from his experience as a public health leader during a global pandemic, and about how his faith informs and supports his work.
Book your free ticket here

COP26

As the UK moves towards hosting COP26, join Christian Aid for a panel event that will explore what a new social contract for people and the planet should look like, with a particular focus on the Loss and Damage agenda. People living in poverty and at the forefront of the climate crisis must not end up paying twice. The discussion will identify how those who consume most – states, businesses and individuals - can and should contribute their fair share to future sustainability.


Panellists include

 
  • Keynote: Anne Marie Trevelyan, UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency (by video)
  • Archbishop Julio Murray (TBC), Archbishop of Central America
  • Fatuma Mohamed, Power Shift Africa
  • Julie-Anne Richards, Executive Director at Climate Action Network Australia
  • Avinash Persuad, Adviser to Government of Barbados
  • Prof. Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

 
Register for your free place here

The impact of Covid-19 on women who sell sex or are sexually exploited
 
Our research early in the pandemic indicated that women who sell sex or who are sexually exploited were likely to be a group that faced particular difficulties. Working alongside Beyond the Streets, a charity supporting women who sell sex or are sexually exploited, and their network of affiliated charities, we used focus groups, interviews and surveys to look at the experiences of the women they supported during the lockdown period.



Our report looks through the lens of poverty and the lens of trauma, and outlines some new policies that could make a difference in the lives of those affected.
Read our report

We're recruiting!

We're looking for someone with public policy expertise and a passion for social justice to join our team as the interim Methodist Public Issues Team Leader. 


Could it be you, or someone you know?
 
Read more and apply

Catch up: Justice and Hope with Gordon Brown


Over 900 of you joined us for the first Methodist Justice Lecture on Sunday, with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. If you missed it, you can catch up on YouTube.
Catch up now

In case you missed it... JPIT's new working arrangements

This month, we shared news about changes in our team arrangements at JPIT. This includes some of our team members moving on, and a new way of working with the Church of Scotland.
Take a look here for an update

Reset The Debt update

Our partners at the Jubilee Debt Campaign have launched a national survey to gather the views of people in debt on what support they need in the face of rising debt levels. This survey is part of their Together Against Debt project, which aims to ensure that the voices of those in debt are heard in policy making and campaigning on the issue. Would you, or someone you know, be able to take part?
Explore their survey here

Climate Sunday

Have you held your Climate Sunday yet? We’ve loved seeing how congregations are getting creative with their Climate Sunday worship, ahead of COP26. The URC Children and Youth teams held an intergenerational online service with segments you can insert into your own climate service – check it out here.


Make sure you register your Climate Sunday on the website!
Register your Climate Sunday service here

Faith in Politics: Fleur Anderson MP


Have you listened to the latest episode of Faith in Politics podcast yet? 


In this episode, Rodney interviews Fleur Anderson MP about being an MP in a pandemic, the radical contribution faith groups can make to politics and her vision of a Global Britain.
Listen here

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

Friday 25 June from 8-8:45am


You are invited to join the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2021. Gather with parliamentarians and church leaders to pray for the UK, the UK parliament, government and politics.



The event will be chaired by The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP and will include prayers led by parliamentarians, hymns led by special guest singers and a keynote address by The Rt Revd Professor NT Wright.
Sign up for your free place here

Plenty!

Join Green Christian for the launch of their new Joy in Enough resource, 'Plenty!'. Explore the new faith-based resource offering insight into the links between the economy and the environmental crisis. Guests include author and Church Estates Commissioner Eve Poole.
Book your place here
Practical Theology as Ecotheology: BIAPT Annual Conference 12-16 July

The British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (BIAPT) are hosting their annual conference in July, entitled: ‘Practical Theology as Ecotheology’. In an era when scientists warn there is limited time left in which to reverse the most catastrophic effects of climate change, the BIAPT 2021 conference will turn its attention to this most urgent of issues and to wide-ranging engagement with ecological thinking.
Find out more 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