Churches in Newport
E-Bulletin May 2020
It’s been a while since the last Bulletin, because of the current circumstances. One regular event which is still taking place is the monthly prayer meeting for Newport, led by Wesley Harris online.
Wednesday 20th May 7.15 – 8.30pm Prayer meeting for Newport
Contact Wesley for details of how to join in online [email protected] / 07974 821991.
News and prayer points from around the city
Wesley has also produced this news update about how our various shared activities and ministries in Newport are being affected and what they’re now doing. (The details were correct at the end of April).
Eden Gate Night Shelter has had to be suspended as have the ‘drop-in’ sessions at Eden Gate and Sunday Munch. Eden Gate placed all night shelter guests in hotel accommodation. However, when the hotels closed Eden Gate worked to secure B&B accommodation elsewhere, so guests had a safe place to go. The cost was over £5000. Thankfully the council has now taken over funding for this very expensive enterprise. Eden Gate is working with other providers to meet the needs of homeless people during this difficult time, aiming to give them two hot meals a day and a sandwich pack. Eden Gate are doing take-away food on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday whilst The Olive Branch hand out food Friday-Monday. The Wallich continue to provide a breakfast roll and lunch seven days a week. Resettlement support to find fixed accommodation is ongoing. Please pray for all involved. If you would like to help financially, there is a new funding page: https://givi.ng/1uh3
Olive Branch 1. We need a better building as we are seeing more and more homeless day to day. The building we have isn’t really fit for purpose. 2. Funding is an ongoing issue, being a new charity, it’s a challenge to find funders. 3. The Trustees. Give thanks for them, it’s a big commitment and responsibility.
Protection – we are still working with the homeless throughout this pandemic.
Amazing Grace Spaces 1. The Grace House has two ladies with a new lady coming at the end of April. It has been an amazing journey offering ladies in recovery a safe space. It is a challenging time making sure the ladies in the house are well and supported. We are using zoom to continue counselling and “Freedom in Christ”. Caroline visits the house twice a week; the ladies currently in the Grace House are doing really well. It will be hard for the new lady with the current circumstances, so we will need to give her a lot of support when she arrives at the house; pray she settles quickly.
Bridgend council have had four Pods for homeless people who are self-isolating which has helped us financially at this difficult time.
We have had numerous enquiries and in discussions to provide Pods in readiness for when those that are vulnerable are back on the streets and the current provision is withdrawn.
We have been offered support to help organisations to start a Safe Space Pod Project in South Wales and are looking for small organisations who would benefit. Our latest projects have not moved forward due to the lockdown. Over the next few months please pray we can build more pods that will hopefully accommodate homeless people when the lockdown is over instead of going back to the streets.
Prayer is really important at this time and we appreciate prayer. We thank God for his continued grace on all he is doing at AGS.