Outlook Issue 18 Winter 2014
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Parish Pump Help where it’s needed I expect you know that Woodbridge and Melton Churches Together organise an annual house-to-house collection during Christian Aid Week, the second week in May. Christian Aid is an aid agency supported by pretty well every Christian Church in the UK. Aid is delivered where the need arises. At the point of delivery there is no distinction over creed or colour; it is just a matter of helping out, a humanitarian response to a problem. Christian Aid goes out of its way to work in partnership with local teams, encouraging, enabling, sharing. It provides goods and services, never cash which might be used to buy arms. Nationwide, Christian Aid Week raises about £15 million. Locally, Christian Aid Week in Woodbridge and Melton this year yielded a total of £5,937.93 through the combined efforts of Churches Together. Of course Christian Aid operates all year round, both delivering aid and fund-raising. A few weeks ago they asked us organise a collection at church to help the desperate situation in Gaza. That raised £400. Then a fortnight later there was another crisis in Northern Iraq and we were able to send a further £200. If you would like to know more about its work, or if you want to help locally, you can google Christian Aid or telephone me on 01394 386786. Tony Waller Fund-raising and friendship The friendly group of women (and a few men) who make up St Mary’s Mothers’ Union have continued to be active in fundraising and fellowship. Forthcoming events include a talk on Woodbridge after 1900 by local historian Bob Merrett. The Autumn Fair will offer Christmas cards, cakes, gifts, books and bric-à- brac (entry £1 to include refreshments). Finally, this year, there will be an afternoon of Carols and Readings for Advent. These events all start at 2.30 pm and take place in St Mary’s Church Centre. St Mary’s MU have been busy helping with a range of good causes. Their Cream Tea (much enjoyed) raised £180 for the Wheels Appeal (transport for MU staff overseas). Other fund-raising contributed to Parenting Skills Workshops and Literacy Courses, here and overseas; and to the diocesan Away from it All holiday scheme, helping to give 13 local families a much-needed holiday. Further information from Margaret Lowe, Branch Leader (383486)