Carol Singing at Eastgate
Here’s what Paul William’s (Salvation Army) write up for the Eastgate centre and see photo (courtesy of George Watts – Manor Mission) attached.
“On Sunday 9 December, members of Churches Together in Basildon (CTB) joined together to sing Christmas carols in the Eastgate Centre. It was good, amidst the hustle and bustle of the shopping centre, to share the Christmas message that God has become one of us in the person of Jesus. The Salvation Army, who provided a brass band, raised £249.03 towards its Christmas efforts which included food hampers, presents for children and a meal on Christmas Day for those who would otherwise have nowhere to go. The Salvation Army thanks the customers of the Eastgate Centre for their generosity and all member churches of CTB wish all shoppers a blessed Christmas.”
The Carol Singing at Hesten Lodge Day Centre for adults with learning disabilities, Benfleet went well and the contact there said:
“Thanks for visiting us and giving us a great time, God bless you, we loved it xx”
Carol singing also took olace round the wards at Basildon Hospital.
Members of CTB were at the Eastgate Centre carol singing on the second Sunday in December. Illness had hit the regular Salvation Army Band and so we formed a composite band. Members of the regular Walk of Witness players joined with some of the Salvation Atmy band to play for the carols. We had anew arrangement for the singers who stood with their backs to the escalator so they faced the crowd. Everybody thought it worked better liekthis and we will continue to do this next year. We gave out 300 leaflets with details of the special Christmas events in the churches.
PROJECT 58:7 (CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BASILDON)
The sponsored sleep in/out takes place the first Fridaynight in Dcember. There was a very good response and money is being raised and collected at the moment. We’ll let you know how much was collected in due course.
Friday 7th December to Saturday 8th December
In the grounds of Trinity Methodist Church,
Clay Hill Rd/Bardfield, Basildon SS16 4NN
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE 7TH SLEEP-OUT IN BASILDON TO HELP THOSE IN NEED
Its too late to take part but you can still give. Please make contact on 07540066789 or email: email@example.com and we will give you the details.
Basildon Borough : Pavement to Home Project
Theis project is now working well. About 10 people ar taking advantage of the chance to sleep inside for three nights a week. Maybr next year we may be able to provide a warm dry ahelter for seven nights a week.
For some people a sleeping bag is their home
For the last few years several churches and community groups have been providing food and practical support to homeless men and women around Basildon Town Centre. The number of homeless people is increasing, and so the groups, alongside Basildon Borough Council, have set up a working group to co-ordinate their limited resources for the best effect
In our first year we have opened a night shelter on 3 nights a week, at different locations in church halls.
Homeless people can get a welcome, a hot drink, a bed for the night and a breakfast in the morning.
The shelters are open from 10:00pm to 8:00am. This is running from 1st December 2016 to 31st March 2017.
The night shelter is run by volunteers from the churches and local community.
There is help available to our guests to link them into a network of services and support.
More information from Jenny Williams email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bar’n’bus becomes the Great Move
Its official, Bar’n’bus has become the Great Move, a new Christian Youth Venture and part of CTB. It has a new venue too, at the Essex Youth Service headquarters in Basildon 16 to 20 Southernhay opposite Toys R Us. Churches can bring their youth groups between 6 and 9pm on Friday nights where there will be music, film making and there will be a cafe with fancy drinks. It starts on 14th October. You can get more information from Ambrose, Email: email@example.com.
Later on when the work is established it is hoped have outreach in the town centre and in Northlands Park.
Should we change CTB to CWWTB?
Many thanks to Landi, Jason Stella, Gemma, Ncuba, Gilson, Dudley ,Ann, Sue Terry Rob Dudley, not forgetting Jamie, Sam and Christopher and any others I haven’y mentioned.
If you missed out on this great time together you still have a chance to join in the fun.
Peter will be at URC, corner of Whitmore and Honey Pot Lane this week Monday to Thursday from 2pm to around 6pm
Then next Saturday the big day we have permission to move all the wood to Barleylands and we plan to have one or possibly two vans along with plenty of bacon sandwhiches.
CHURCH LINKS OFFICER
The church links officer Jenny Williams has been appointed recently. She is preparing for the opening of the new Basilddon Market in November of this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the churches to be involved in the town because they will have a market stall on the new market where people will be able to stop and chat, maybe have a cup of coffee and find out what Churches Together is involved with. The market stall will need volunteers from the churches. You can contact jenny on email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Its time to get the rest of the money in from last year’s walk ready to begin to prepare fro this year’s walk.
STM’s sponsored Walk 2016
Ever since 2009 STM have held a sponsored walk to raise money for the STM running costs. This year was no exception.
Another 10 mile walk completed for STM. All the arrangements were in place as we met at Swan Mead for the 7th STM sponsored walk. We’d got our lunches and our water, our waterproofs and our sensible walking shoes. At 10.30am 14 people 4 dogs and one child in push chair set off.
The weather was good and by the time we got to Northlands park the sun was quite hot so we sat down outside the cafe for an ice cream.
The walk from Swan Mead towards Northlands park took us up to the industrial road and and then eastwards and involved much road crossing. There were plenty of bridges mostly with ramps which suited the walkers and provided good views of the areas round about, (and the roads). In two hours we were back at Swan Mead for lunch.
It rained most of the time we ate our lunches. bBy the time we set off for the second half of the route the rain had eased to a drizzle. Some of the party were too tired to continue and we were down to one dog in the afternoon. Rowleigh appreciated all the training he had put in to complete the walk. This time we walked towards town taking advantage of the many paths away from the main roads. We followed the Laindon Link westwards til we reached Stanway where we turned back up the Knares. Mark simplified the route here to avoid the open land around the golf course as it has become too wet and muddy. We were soon on the home straight. The rain had stopped and we were able to take off some of our waterproofs. Anna awaited us back at Swan Mead with the traditional tea and cakes. Everyone had the satisfaction of having completed the ten miles. The next task is to collect up the sponsor money.
Basildon Street Pastors – Latest News
We have been on patrol since Friday 29th July 2016 and have completed every Friday night. 23 Street Pastors have deployed on those 4 nights supported by 12 people praying from home getting regular updates via whatsapp.
The reception from the community has been amazing. We have met all the door staff at the various clubs and pubs and the majority are very friendly and support what we do. We have already had calls from them to assist with vulnerable people that they spot out and about. Our Whatsapp group means that the team can ask for prayer over situations immediately and also share good stories whilst out. We have also met several Homeless people that need care, prayer, medical treatment and hope. We will continue to do what we can during the night and signpost them to help in the morning. We notify Streetlink if there are any new vulnerable homeless people in order that the St Mungos reps know what’s going on. There are several places open all night for food, amusements or gambling machines.
We link in with the Rail station staff and have stayed with some people who were waiting for Stansted Airport night bus but were very concerned for their safety. We have sung to a homeless lady, laughed with a man who thought we were police and threw his Beer away. We have already listened to some desperate people that have asked us for prayer. We believe that we have begun a very significant Ministry on behalf of the local church and have had requests from local councillors and press to come and patrol to see what we do. Please pray for us as we continue search for Town Centre base and also for Wisdom in what Public events to attend to share what we are doing.
We are an open project always recruiting and enjoy taken visitors out for the night shadowing what we do to gather more information to establish if they want to join. We are also open to financial donations as we have a small amount of costs around consumables and uniform.
We are on Facebook and Twitter so why not follow what we are doing through that.
Thanks for your support email Basildon@Streetpastors.org.uk
You can see more picutres andread more information on the Street Pastors Web Site page