January Update

Five areas to pray

Pray for yourself

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7

Pray that you would give generously of your time and resources and that he would give you a heart to serve others either through one of the organisations we are supporting or in other ways.

The Coombes School

Please pray for the head teacher Ali Atkins and the teachers. They are running a rota system where some are teaching in person in the school and some are teaching online. Each have different challenges, pray for all the teachers in all the roles. Please pray for the children, particularly the vulnerable children that they will be able to learn and be looked after whether they are at home or in school.

CCA

The CCA furniture shops have had to be closed since the 21st December so they have not been able to take donations or sell goods and make money that way. However the needs have not gone away. Please pray people would be generous in donating money via the website or doing collections like our one today and that CCA would be equipped to help everyone who is referred to them. Here is a link to donate

Link Visiting Scheme

They are organising a confidence and mobility programme to get housebound people mobile again. They are also sending out tablets and SIM cards to get older people online. Pray for these initiatives, that people would give generously to cover costs and that the clients would respond well and be given a better quality of life. Please also pray for more volunteers for visiting and phoning.

If you have a moment could you nominate Link Visiting Scheme for the High Sheriff "Supporting the isolated" award.

Here is a link to donate

Prison Fellowship

Pray for the work of the Prison Fellowship, that in all their activities they would bring light and hope to everyone they meet in prison. Please pray for the bible studies and services they have put together. Pray that these will bring comfort and encouragement to those listening. Here are links to their prayer diary or to donate .

Mercy Ministry

Mercy Ministry at Arborfield Church

For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. Psalm 72:12

The Arborfield church family are keenly aware of how God, our loving Father has helped us. We are eager to follow in his example and offer our help to those in need. There are many opportunities to serve, listed below are some we are focusing on as a church family. It would be wonderful if you could prayerfully consider if you could help with one (or more) of these organisations. You will need to sign up directly with the organisation and go through their safeguarding procedures. However if the people volunteering in the same organisation could be linked together to share stories and pray together it would be a great encouragement.

There may be people you are aware of who are in need or you may be need yourself. If there is any way we can help we would love to know.

So if any these apply:

  • You are aware of a need you think some of the church family maybe able to help with
  • You want to find out more about any of these volunteering opportunities
  • You want to inform us that you have signed up so you can get in touch with other volunteers.

Please do get in contact by sending an email to mercy.arb@abch.org.uk

Prison FELLOWSHIP

Prison Fellowship's mission is to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them.

“When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

Matthew 25 39,40

There are opportunities to help by writing letters, enabling prisoners to send gifts to their loved ones, supporting the chaplain and more.

Please visit their website to find out more and to sign up Prison Fellowship

“The letters were a breath of fresh air to the prisoners – receiving something from people unknown to them, showing care.”
John Brown (former prisoner chaplain).

The Link visiting scheme

CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND THE LIFE OF SOMEONE ELSE

Would you like to have a chat with someone who may be feeling isolated or lonely and looking forward to a call from you?

Why not consider becoming a volunteer with the Link Visiting Scheme? They have been running for many years and have now become a valuable and essential organisation in Wokingham Borough.

The Link Visiting Scheme is a Wokingham based charity whose aim is ‘Changing lives through friendship’ and they are dedicated to reducing loneliness by helping isolated people make friends.

They have an excellent website where three volunteers explain what it is like to be a volunteer with Link, including reading about why they joined, outlining what they do and the benefits they experience both as volunteers and the people they befriend.

Don’t delay and take a look at their website and request a volunteer pack

Christian Community Action

CCA aim is to demonstrate God's love by meeting people's practical needs and restoring their self worth. In addition they offer support to their service users; helping them to learn new skills, rebuild their confidence and get into paid employment through volunteering at their shops.

CCA provides support for individuals and households in Reading who are in need of emergency furniture, bedding and kitchen items. They do this through recycling donations of furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.

They need volunteers to help serve in their shops, and to train as assessors in the Support Centres. Van drivers and able-bodied crew members are needed to collect and deliver furniture.

The following skills are always needed:

  • Administration
  • IT
  • painting
  • decorating
  • plumbing
  • electrical work
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources

To find out more and sign up to serve please visit the volunteer page

We also plan to have a monthly collection for food and other essentials parcels.

The Coombes School

The Coombes primary school is our local primary school. We are keen to support them in a number of ways including reading with children, making cakes for staff, assisting with landscaping and tidying the grounds. There are a number of people from our church serving as governors. The ministry team visit for weekly assemblies.

Owing to the current pandemic we are still exploring how to safely support the school, and will update this page as options are agreed.