Churches in Newport
E-Bulletin September 2021
This monthly Bulletin is sent out to help all the churches be more aware of our shared activities, and to keep people informed of news and events.
Mental Health – online Kintsugi Hope event for churches in Wales – 14th September
The past year has shown an ever-increasing need for safe environments in which people can feel heard, supported, find connection and explore how to improve or maintain their mental health. This has resulted in an amazing growth in uptake of Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Groups, with over 280 partners now engaged with us, and approximately 1,000 group leaders trained.
To find out more about this, please attend our online event for churches in Wales with Patrick Regan and various friends of Kintsugi Hope, on Tuesday 14 September 8pm – 9.30pm. You can book your free place via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/churches-in-wales-kintsugi-hope-mental-health-and-faith-tickets-163348037377.
Afghan Refugee Support – pre-loved furniture needed by Raven House.
Once any displaced individuals and families have been rehoused into more permanent accommodation, we are likely to receive referrals from Newport City Homes for furniture in the same way that we currently receive referrals for anyone being rehomed through homelessness. We use the furniture that is donated to us to provide these packages.
We are keen to ensure that any furniture we accept is of a good standard. We are currently quite short of furniture, both to sell in the shop and also to give away. We are in the process of applying for grants to enable Raven House Trust to survive the post-pandemic world but in the meantime we welcome any donations of preloved furniture, food or cash.
Noreen Hinton, Manager, Raven House Trust 07970 342568 [email protected]
Update from Amazing Grace Spaces
We have persevered and kept moving forward throughout the lockdown and pandemic. Grace House has needed a lot of support and we want to thank those who have helped us. The house is full, with five ladies, and we have been able to move several on in lots of different ways. We still have work to do on the outside and the garden, to gain more accommodation.
Emergency Sleep Pods have been placed in Plymouth, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Exeter, Addlestone, Bridgend, Birmingham and Bradford, with many other areas arranging to take them later this year. The organisations and churches hosting and running these projects have found them invaluable. Before Covid we had our training and mentoring program, The Pass-it-On project, which worked really well but it had to close due to the Government restrictions. We are putting things in place to open it again. We want to offer training with woodwork, crafting, cookery etc, as the need arises, hopefully accompanied with a men’s supported house. If you have skills that you would like to pass on, or can support us in any way, please contact Stuart Johnson [email protected] / 07802 451340
Everything Lettings have a number of offices and retail spaces for Christian-based community projects or businesses in Newport. Also we have Shephard Christian Bookshop in Lower Dock Street coming available to rent as a going concern for any churches or people who might want to take it on rather than seeing it close. Contact Karl O’Dare 01633 386700
Eden Gate Volunteer Evening – Thursday 16th September, 7.00pm
Eden Gate provides practical and spiritual support for those who find themselves homeless or in temporary accommodation. Many of the folk we work with are struggling with drug and alcohol dependency issues. The work is both challenging and rewarding and provides a real platform for Christian service and witness. If you can spare a few hours a week and would like to know more, please come along to our Volunteer Evening at the Salvation Army, 21 Hill Street, NP20 1LZ, 7.00pm, Thursday 16th September or contact Eden Gate’s new Operations Manager, Fran Richley (07557 911680 / [email protected])
Ice Wales: working in local schools
Throughout the pandemic Ice Wales has maintained contact with schools through online videos. During September we will hopefully be re-establishing personal contact with all our schools. Please pray that the Lord will enable this to happen. We are also in need of more volunteers to meet the possible demand. Please get in touch with me if you feel God could be calling you to this work. If any church is interested in seeing a DVD of the work we do, please also get in touch with me. Chris Thomas [email protected] 01633 662997.
Bereavement Support in Newport
Support for bereaved people in Newport can be very difficult to access, with a long waiting list. Those going through the pain and heartache of a close bereavement often just want to be able to talk openly to someone who will listen and offer hope that life can be rebuilt. Bob and Joy Jones have between them over fifty years of bereavement support experience with Cruse Bereavement Care, the Association of Christian Counsellors, and Care for the Family where they developed bereavement courses. They have now set up a support group in Newport for anyone going through bereavement – Beacon Bereavement Support – commencing in late September. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this group, please contact Bob and Joy via email [email protected] or phone: 07522 718364.
Newport Foodbank Harvest Thanksgiving Services will be happening soon. If any church doesn’t already have an outlet, we would happily receive donations of long life produce for distribution via the Foodbank. Many thanks, Jon Slocombe, [email protected]
Saturday 4th Sept. 8.30-11.00am Men’s Breakfast – men from other churches welcome
at St.Julian’s Baptist Church, 35 Beaufort Road, NP19 7PZ
A time to hear testimonies and a short gospel message, worship and enjoy a full breakfast!
Saturday 11th September 12 noon at Newport (St. Woolos) Cathedral, Stow Hill, NP20 4EA
Concert by the Oneira Trio (Harp, Flute & Viola) playing Bax, Mozart, Ibert and Debussy.
Free with a leaving collection. A CADW Open Doors Event. Refreshments served from 10am
Choral Evensong at the Cathedral Wednesdays 6.30pm, Sundays 5.00pm From Sep.15th
Sunday 19th September 200-6.00pm RSCM INTERNATIONAL CHORISTER DAY EVENT
The official event for SE Wales will be at Newport Cathedral – singing, musical activities, games and refreshments, ending with a service at 5.00pm. “Be a chorister for an afternoon”!
Emma Gibbins 07952 514117 / [email protected]
Friday 24th September 10.00-12.00am MacMillan Coffee Morning
at Beechwood Park, Presbyterian Church, Chepstow Rd, NP19 8JH
Deadline for October Bulletin Wednesday 29th Sept. 10.00am [email protected]