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 0784122429. Their website is http://llhsblackhorse.org.uk
 

 

 

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team
 
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Newsletter 108    September 2019
Dear Friends,


The Joint Public Issues Team exists to equip Christians to act and pray on issues of injustice, to resource churches to reflect and campaign effectively,
and to help our Churches to speak out with a distinctively Christian voice on injustice. We hope that this newsletter helps to inspire and encourage you to pray and to keep speaking out about the injustices you see around you, no matter how uncertain the times we are living in can seem to be. 


Looking back over the last month and looking ahead to the next, there is so much to tell you about. We exposed the surprising link between the Department for Work and Pensions and striptease artists, we continue to wait for a response to the letter we sent to the Prime Minister and we have some exciting announcements to make about our conference in 2020. There are changes in our staffing to update you on, plus the usual round-up of our recent blogs and upcoming events.
 
Vital to our work in resourcing our churches well is hearing from you: please keep in touch using our contact details or social media channels, particularly about how you're getting on and the challenges you face as we together work and pray for a more just and peaceful world.
 
Every Blessing,

Hannah & Roo
 
A letter to the Prime Minister – the continuing story!
Many of you were involved in signing a letter to the Prime Minister in July which has attracted over 2,400 signatures. Together, we expressed our concerns of how a No-Deal Brexit might impact disadvantaged communities. The letter asked for evidence that the risks had been assessed and mitigation planned, should such an outcome occur.


Since then, a leak to a national newspaper and the subsequent publishing of the Yellow Hammer report have done nothing to reduce these concerns.


Low-income groups will be disproportionately affected by any price rises in food and fuel.


We still await a reply from Number 10 to our questions regarding No-Deal Brexit research and preparation. Rachel Lampard, Leader of JPIT, contacted her MP last week asking her to encourage the Prime Minister to respond to our request, and we are now inviting others who have signed the letter to do the same.
Rachel's blog: Brexit—more scrutiny, not less
Global Climate Strike: 20-27 September
The rise of activism and protest about climate issues, particularly among young people, has challenged people of faith to consider how they can encourage big changes in the way we treat our environment. Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York, the Global Climate Strike will be a channel for public expressions of concern.


You'll find some ideas for how you and your church could get involved on our website.


The Joint Public Issues Team, in partnership with the Christian Aid Collective, is hosting a prayer breakfast at Christian Aid's head office in London on the first day of the Climate Strike. If you're in the area, please join us from 9:30–11am on Friday, 20 September. Or please consider what you or your local congregation might do during 20–27 September to help speak out against the injustices caused by climate change. We'd love to hear about it.


image: URC Media
Ideas to help you get involved
A letter to the national press
Christians joined with people of other faiths and none to protest against the DSEI Arms Fair which took place in London last week. Leaders from the Church of Scotland, the Church of England, the Methodist Conference, the Baptist Union Council, Quakers in Britain and the United Reformed Church spoke out about the arms fair in a letter to the Guardian newspaper.
image: Kevin Snyman
Read the letter published in the Guardian
You can find out some of the experience of two Christian ministers who gathered outside the DSEI Arms Fair in this video, produced by Kevin Snyman.


VIDEO: Beating Ploughshares into Swords


And Steve, our policy advisor on peace and conflict was interviewed on Trans World Radio about the UK Arms Trade and the current militaristic tensions between Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US.

 
Listen to Steve's interview on the UK Arms Trade 
Party Conferences 
A delegation of leaders from the Baptist and Methodist churches, Quakers in Britain, the Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church will be visiting the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences in Brighton and Manchester respectively over the next two weeks. If you were part of the delegation, what question would you ask? Let us know!
Suggest a question to ask an MP

Have you met with your MP yet? If you have, let us know how it went here.
Find out more about what it means to Meet Your MP, and why we think it’s important, here.
JPIT Conference 2020
We're very excited to reveal some more information on our next conference

Renewal and Rebellion:
Faith, Economy and Climate

 
with
  
Ed Milliband
MP and co-host of ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ podcast
 
Christine Allen
Director of CAFOD
 
 Ross Greer
Green MSP


at Riverside Conference Centre, Derby


Tickets available soon
 
Find out more about the conference
Faith in Politics Podcast 
The season finale of our Faith in Politics podcast is out now.


The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe is the general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. She has served as the social justice agency’s top executive since 2014 after 22 years at Emory University.


Bethan and Will chat with her about the role of the Church in seeking to bring truth and justice in the midst of a divided political climate.
Listen Here
Staffing changes at JPIT
We're delighted to introduce Josie to you. Josie will be working with us for the next 12 months and brings a host of research skills and passion, having just completed her Masters degree in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford.

Josie will be joined by Cameron and Rosella, who will be our Parliamentary interns, and Dan, who is working with the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community. We'll have introductory blogs from all four appearing on our website over the next few weeks.
Hannah was our JPIT Intern in 2018–2019 and we are delighted that she has agreed to stay and take on the role of Campaign and Church Engagement Officer. Hannah took on many of the responsibilities of CCEO during her internship and is looking forward to continuing and developing how JPIT engages with and equips our congregations.
Revelations at the Department for Work and Pensions
and a People's Assembly on Brexit
Paul, our economy advisor, was contacted recently by a church worker who asked him if his client could have her benefits stopped for not following up on a suggestion on a government website to become a 'striptease artist'. Find out about this and other troubling 'mistakes' from the Department for Work and Pensions on his recent blog.


He also dared to ask the question 'Is there a Brexit we can all live with?' Has our society, including our church congregations, become some polarised that there is no hope of accord? Will a 'People's Assembly', chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, be any use?
Paul's blog on DWP 'mistakes'
'Is there a Brexit we can all live with?'
Events
Some of our partners have some interesting events coming up over the next few months – why not come along?


20th–23rd September - Great British Beach Clean. This September, A Rocha are encouraging their supporters to join with others from around the globe for the Great British Beach Clean. Find out more and register your beach here. You can find A Rocha's top tips here.


23rd–24th September - Once In A Lifetime: A 2-day Climate Justice Summit in Cambridge. Hosted by A Rocha and the Amos Trust, a chance to discuss why the climate crisis is a justice issue. Find out more here.


12th October - Churches Welcoming Refugees. Welcome churches will be hosting an evening in London to allow churches to be inspired and equipped as they welcome refugees. Find out more here.
 
November - Truth to Power. Church Action on Poverty is holding regional gatherings highlighting poverty and hunger in the UK and how we can be part of a movement for effective change. More information, dates and locations here.
Job advertisement
Closing date: 27 September



The Student Christian Movement is looking for a CEO (re-advertised).


Do you know someone who could have what it takes?
Dates for the diary
1 September–4 October - Creation Time. Find resources here and here.
17–23 September - World week for peace in Palestine and Israel. Find out more here.
22 September - Peace Sunday. Find resources here.
29 September5 October - Good Money Week. Find out more here.
30 September - Join community sponsorship groups in Scotland to share your ideas, experiences and thoughts on community sponsorship. Find out more here.
13 October - Homeless Sunday. Find out more here.
13–19 October - Prisons Week (England & Wales). Information can be found here. (In Scotland, Prisoners' Week is 17-24 November)
13–20 October - Week of prayer for world peace. Find out more here.
7 March - JPIT Conference, Derby. More information 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