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Our Autumn Meeting & AGM via Zoom was a great success and we had about 60 attendees!
Bishop Olivia gave a very encouraging and insightful talk on the ‘Five Marks of Mission’ with breakout rooms for discussion.
You can watch Bishop Olivia’s talk, the AGM and Midday Prayers here soon.
Below are the AGM reports and handouts:
- Mini sized only please!
- Soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, shaving kits (razor AND shaving cream, soap or gel please), toothbrushes (can be multipacks), MINI toothpaste.
- Small combs
- Small packs of tissues
- Please do not send anything which has been used or of ‘normal’ size!
- Coffee – Instant coffee in jars or tins – any size or brand is welcome
- Chocolate and Horlicks – Jars or tins
- Dishwasher machine items: Salt, Rinse Aid, Cleaning tablets/capsules – any size and brand
- Cleaning Products – Any size and brand of:
- Toilet cleaner, multi-purpose cleaners, non-scratch cleaners etc.
- Cleaning and washing up cloths – any size and brand.
Please do NOT send tea, sugar or anything for washing machines anymore. A monthly update can be found in the eNewsletter
Baby Basics MK is a volunteer-led charity, dedicated to supporting families who are in greatest need in Milton Keynes. They rely on donations of second-hand, but good condition, baby essentials. These are lovingly made into gift packages that give families everything they will need to get started with a new baby, and continue to support them where needed. Click on this link to go to their website
Families may be referred to by health professionals, such as health visitor and midwifes, and local churches.
Members can help support Baby Basics by donating …
- Baby and children’s clothes up to age 5
- Baby equipment such Moses baskets (these can be second hand but will need to have a brand new, still packaged, mattress) and baby baths
- Bedding and baby towels
- New bottles
- Toiletries for mum and baby
If you knit, they are in need of…
- Baby clothes
- Small blankets
- Hats, scarves and mittens for ages 3 – 5
If you don’t have a favourite pattern, here are some links to knitting patterns for hat, scarves and mittens…
Please remember the volunteers and families in your prayers. Marion Gunning from the Prayer & Spirituality Unit has written this prayer for us…
Heavenly Father, your infant Son was born in a stable then fled into exile with his parents, faced with an uncertain future. Yet He was sent by you as a gift of Love to share with the world; a gift carried forward by Baby Basics today.
We give thanks for everyone involved in Baby Basics, for the work they do, for the care and support they give and the generosity shown by so many who support their endeavours. We pray too for the families who seek their help and ask for your blessing on them as their children grow. We ask this knowing that you care for each and everyone of us.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen
After dialing the freephone number 0800 804 8044 select option 4 followed by option 8
Midday prayers are also streamed live via the Mothers’ Union Facebook page
The Oxford Diocese has live-streamed and ‘as live’ worship is available for everyone across the Diocese of Oxford, these services complement the prayers, meditations and worship offered by local churches. The principal diocesan services take place at 10 am each Sunday.
The livestream feed is available from a link here on the diocesan website…
Or via telephone on this number: 01865 920930 (press 0= short service, 1=full service)
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.
Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19.
Archbishop Justin said:
“With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are.
The Daily Hope service will allow people to hear hymns, prayers and words that offer comfort and hope, especially in this Easter season.”
This link (below) is for a for a face mask which you may be able to make. This one has elastic round the ears but the care home I’ve just spoken to would prefer tapes to tie.
You may like to make a mask for yourself or a friend, or ask at you local care home to see if they have a need for more.
Action and Outreach Committee
Now that we are all spending the majority of our time indoors I hope you’re able to help the front line staff in your area.
All nurses, carers and admin staff at care homes have to have a different set of clothes to travel to work in and then have to change into workwear. That workwear has to be put in a bag after work, taken home and washed in the bag.
There’s a great need for cloth bags about the size of a pillow case, with a draw string, for them to use. One of our members has just made 32 for me to take to a local care home and when she’s had a rest she’s going to do some more! The bags should have 72 hours without being used and you mustn’t transport them in a plastic bag, but you can tell the care home the history as you pass them over.
Your church may well have links with local care homes where they go to lead services so I suggest you start by contacting those. I expect doctors’ surgeries also need these bags, but as yet I haven’t enquired. Redundant sheets, quilt covers and pillow cases are ideal to use.
Action and Outreach Committee
You may remember Maria from the Dorcas Dress Project spoke about the work they are doing at the Spring Meetings, explaining how we could get involved supporting their beneficiaries if we wanted to. Maria has set her workshop up to batch cut scrubs for NHS and care staff as they support patients with Coronavirus. She wondered if any of us would like to get involved. She needs dressmakers (with a sewing machine and overlocker) who are easily accessible to Witney to help sew, but she’s also desperate for financial donations to help cover the cost of the fabric and trimmings. If you’d like more information then email Maria firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can give in 1 of 3 ways:
- By BACS, directly into their bank account: sort code 60-16-07 account 75070618. Please use the reference SCRUBS.
- By Paypal, using the link provided on their website or logging on to your own account and sending funds to email@example.com
- If you would like to enable them to claim Gift Aid on your donation please use this Totally Giving website link: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/sponsor_a_set_of_scrubs
Maria has been an MU member for over a year now and is very enthusiastic and committed in all that she does. As so many of us are stuck at home, this is a practical way we can help GP surgeries, care homes and home carers with their personal protection equipment. Please support this project if you can.