Streetly All Saints Church

Food Banks

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“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’”

Luke 10:25-26 

Jesus calls his followers to “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’” But who is our neighbour in and around Streetly? Could it be that our neighbours are some of the 13 million women, men and children who live below the poverty line in the UK? And how might we love them?

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Here is just one story which I read in the news this week.

“A man in Hartlepool told a court that he was “starving” when he stole from a local supermarket. The prosecuting barrister told the Magistrates’ Court that the 41-year-old bought some goods but then failed to pay for two boxes of cuppa-soup worth £2.38. The crime was noticed and he was stopped and arrested for it. The man pleaded guilty to the theft. The mitigating barrister said: “This was a low value theft and it happened because his benefits had stopped. He had been using Food Banks and a Soup Kitchen but he was literally starving.”

It may shock us but this story is not uncommon in the UK. In 2013-14 Food Banks fed 913,138 people in our country. Of those helped by the Food Banks, 330,205 were children.

Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers of men, women and children are being referred to Food Banks for emergency food. 

So what is a Food Bank? Food Banks collect and issue a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK, while a longer-term solution is developed. Many Food Banks are supported by Christians via their church that see collecting and giving items to Foodbanks as part of God’s call to love your neighbour as you love yourself. 

There are a number of organisations running Food Banks. The largest is called the Trussell Trust, with over 420 Food Banks currently running in the UK. The nearest Food Bank to Streetly Parish is the Thomas Project, which is a member of the Black Country Foodbanks organisation.

The Thomas Project aims to listen and respond to the needs of people in Walsall Deanery (the diocesan local area All Saints Church belongs to).  In addition to providing life saving food, the Thomas Project offers free and confidential advice and guidance, free internet access and practical help and support to those in need. The project recently moved to new premises at 196H Walsall Wood Road, Aldridge WS9 8HB.  You can find out more about the project at http://www.thethomasproject.co.uk/ or call 01922 452213

In 2014 All Saints Parochial Church Council (PCC) decided to encourage the congregations at All Saints to collect items for a local Food Bank. The Thomas Project is the Food Bank All Saints’ Church decided to help by collecting food and taking it to the Food bank.

On Sunday 5 October All Saints will be celebrating Harvest Festival at 10.00am in church. We look forward to welcoming many of the community at this service. In the weeks running up to Harvest we have shared information about the Thomas Project Foodbank and encouraged people to bring a donation to church from the items on the shopping list.

Harvest is a good time to thank God for all that we have been given and to pray and act to help others who have less than we do. Whilst Harvest is a good time to launch All Saints Parish Church as a collecting point for items for the Thomas Project, the PCC hopes this will not be a one –off event. Each week by the font, at the back of church there will be a donation box. Any items left in the box will be taken to the Thomas Project Foodbank to show God’s love to our neighbours and especially to those who are hungry and are unable to buy food.

I do hope and pray that you will join many of us in supporting the Thomas project. Why not add an item from the Thomas Project to your weekly shopping list and then bring that item with you to church? It will be given to others who are in need of their neighbours help and received with grateful thanks.

Reverend Mandy Walker, Vicar of All Saints Parish Church, Streetly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charity Number: 1134127

Address: All Saints Parish Church Streetly, Foley Road East, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3JL

Regular Services


Sunday
7.00am Morning Prayer 
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Parish Family Eucharist
6.00pm Evening Service 
 
Tuesday 10am Holy Communion
Tuesday-Saturday 8.30am Morning Prayer 
 

Special Events- Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 16th January 7.30pm- Pilgrim Course 

Wednesday 17th January 7.00pm- Seasons of Hope Bereavement course for 3 weeks

Saturday 10th February 10.30am- Coffee Concert The Blackwood Singers 


 

 

 

 




 


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