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 January 2021

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team
 
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Newsletter 124   January 2021
Dear Friends



I hope this finds you well, and starting the new year with a sense of God’s presence. As we continue in lockdown, we remain alert to the justice issues that are increasingly prevalent across our communities. The year ahead will still require our attentiveness, compassion and call to justice. I pray that you will feel resourced by God’s grace and the strength we can find in our unity.
This month, we have a new podcast episode, updates on Reset The Debt and climate campaigning in the UK, and an exciting teaser ahead of next Friday’s implementationn of the TPNW.


May you remain in God’s love and care.


Every Blessing

Hannah & The JPIT team
 

Reset The Debt News

By the end of 2020, over 900 people had written to their MP about Reset The Debt. 425 MPs have been contacted, and the campaign has been featured in the national news. But we’re still calling on the Government to recognise and respond to the mounting Covid-debt crisis weighing heavily on low-income families.
Last week, both the Scottish and UK Government's announced an extension to the evictions bans introduced in 2020. But hidden in the detail was bad news for families who fell behind on rent because of the pandemic in England and Wales, as lockdown rent arrears now count as grounds for eviction.


Read about the consequences here.
This week, it was reported that County Court Judgements (CCJs) have risen dramatically. This means that people who have fallen behind on a non-priority payment (such as a car or utility bill) can be chased for the debt through bailiff action. This rise in CCJs has occurred much earlier than we expected, and signals a surge in problem debt.


Read about what this means here.
What can you do? We’re developing the most effective next steps for the Reset The Debt campaign, so keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. If you haven’t already written to your MP, why not take five minutes to do so now?
Write to your MP

UK Climate Commitments: Where are we up to?
 

Towards the end of 2020, the UK Government made various announcements regarding their commitments to climate action, at a time when they should have been chairing a review of the Paris Agreement during the original COP26 dates. So, where are we up to with the UK’s commitments to climate action? Here are some of the headlines as we start 2021.
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Faith in Politics Podcast: ‘A prophetic voice in politics’ with Louise Davies




Join Meg and Rodney as they interview Louise Davies, Director of Christians on the Left. Louise reflects on the influence of faith in her political journey and the contribution Christians can make to politics. Meg and Rodney consider what being a prophetic voice means and how this can be achieved in politics.
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Join us for Stay & Pray


We’ve been sharing daily prayers for the world since the lockdowns began last March, encouraging us all to lift up our eyes and pray for justice and peace. You can find our posts daily on Facebook and Twitteror you can subscribe to receive them first thing every day by email.
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Our tax systems are unfair, but they could be different. Our friends at Church Action for Tax Justice have launched the Fair Tax Now campaign, calling for a better and fairer tax system.
1 week until Nuclear Weapons are banned!
Only one week to go until the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons comes into force and nuclear weapons are banned under international law!


We’re planning some exciting celebrations – keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter next Friday for a first look.


 
Looking for a way to turn the #TPNW celebrations into action? Why not write to your bank or pension provider and tell them to divest from Nuclear Weapons! Find everything you need here.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity



Next week marks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year’s theme is ‘Abiding in Christ’.


You can find resources here.

Dates for your diary

24 January or 31 January - World Leprosy Day – Find Resources here.
27 January - Holocaust Memorial Day – Find information here.
14 February -  Racial Justice Sunday -  Find resources here.
21 February -  Church Action on Poverty Sunday – Get involved here.

22 February – 7 March - Fairtrade Fortnight – Explore resources 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