CTB Christmas

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.

The Sleepout 2016

 

PROJECT 58:7 (CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BASILDON)

 

SPONSORED SLEEP-OUT/IN

The sponsored sleep in/out took place the first Friday 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 2nd /Saturday 3rd December 2016 10pm – 8am inc. breakfast

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

 

Who can take part?

Anyone over 18. If you are still at secondary school/college, you can take part provided you are accompanied by one responsible adult for each Under 18s and have parental consent. Please bring along the completed form overleaf which your parent/guardian should sign.

However you must not participate against medical advice or if you are not in good health.

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What to do before Friday 2nd  December

Decide if you are going to sleep out/in or to sponsor the bravest amongst us, or both! Recruit others

to join in …..Take your sponsorship form and find relatives, friends, work colleagues, church members to sponsor you. Photocopy any more forms needed. Ask people to sponsor you per hour (10 hours inc. breakfast) or one lump sum for the whole night. Some might be prepared to give you money up front, which saves time collecting later on!  Please check all tax payers sign the Gift Aid column and they must provide full address including postcode in order for us to claim on their sponsorship.  We can then claim 25p for each £1 donated under Gift Aid.  Donations can be made in cash or by cheque payable to (NB. new a/c name) Churches Together in Basildon (Project. 58:7) Charity No. 267593 – some firms will match fund what an employee has raised.

 

For some in Basildon, a sleeping bag is home. Whatever the weather this is what many experience every night. Money given in sponsorship provides Basildon Rough Sleepers and those in need with hot meals 3 times a week throughout the year, sleeping bags, warm clothes etc – we hope some of our regular guests will be taking part in the sleep-out for the night. The 2015 Sleep-Out raised £6,849.74 including the Gift Aid claim. The Mayor of Basildon, Cllr Mo Larkin, made a donation of £4,000 to Project 58:7 as one of her charities in 2011/12.

 

Getting there

We are most grateful to Trinity Methodist Church for their kind hospitality for the 5th year, for which we make a donation towards running costs. We have access to the small hall for registration from 10pm- please do not arrive any earlier than 10pm as there is usually a booking taking place. The Church is near Timberlog Lane in Vange on the corner of Clay Hill Rd/Bardfield; there is parking in front of the Church. There will be lifts from the Bell Tower, St Martin’s Square from 10pm.

 

Those planning to sleep-out all night either out/inside, please leave a message in advance for Phyl McLaren on 07970 096319 email phylmclaren@btinternet.com or Derek Turner on 01268 544627 email derekturner2@blueyonder.co.uk or Revd Esther on 01268 522455 email emccafferty@talk21.com so we know to expect you on the night and have a better idea of catering numbers.

 

What to bring

…….Bring your completed REGISTRATION FORM to hand in when you arrive on Friday night, and your SPONSORSHIP FORM(s) so that your attendance can be authorised on the form to show to your sponsors. It would be helpful if you could add up your sponsorship total, so we have an

approximate idea of the total promised by the end of the Sleep-out night. You are welcome to

continue to collect sponsorship after the Sleep-Out too of course!

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It is vital that you come well prepared for the elements by bringing a survival bag or plastic sheeting that goes both under and over you, together with a sleeping bag, duvet or blankets. Ask around to borrow rather than buy new.   You may find a large bit of cardboard handy to bring with you

(we will also have a supply). Wear warm outdoor clothing, hats, gloves; bring waterproofs in case.

 

Please do not bring tents, lilos, mattresses footballs, valuables, radio/DC/MP3 players, drugs or alcohol ………….

 

Registration and what happens on the night

Please register in the small hall between 10pm and 11pm. Hot drinks, food and good company will be on hand. Those being sponsored will sleep outside in the enclosed church garden, reached through the back door to the small hall. We shall need to watch noise levels outside because of the close proximity of neighbours.   You are welcome to sleep on the floor indoors if you would prefer to do so (no heat or cosiness!), or to come inside to sleep at any time during the night. There will be two people on patrol at all times to provide security. The toilets in the small hall will be open all night. Someone trained in First Aid will also be available throughout.

 

What happens in the morning

From 7.30am a cooked breakfast will be available in the small hall, and you will receive a Certificate of Achievement for being part of the Sleep-Out/Sleep In. Please remove all cardboard and kit that you brought with you, and help to leave the garden, church hall and car park tidy.

 

After Saturday 3rd December –

Please collect your sponsorship money in asap. If you have people who have signed the GIFT AID

column on your sponsorship form, we shall need your complete form returned when you have finished your collection. Please check you have full address AND postcode for EACH Gift Aid donor; we have lost out on a lost of money because this information has been missing!.  When you are ready, send a cheque payable to (new a/c nme) Churches Together in Basildon (Project. 58:7)to Revd Esther McCafferty, The Rectory, St Martin’s Square, Basildon SS14 1DX. Alternatively put cash/cheques in an envelope clearly labeled “Project 59:7” and put through the letter box at The Rectory at the above address. We would appreciate prompt payment.

 

If you have any questions at all, please contact your minister or Phyl McLaren on 07970 096319 email phylmclaren@btinternet.com or Derek Turner on 01268 544627 email derekturner2@blueyonder.co.uk or Revd Esther on 01268 522455 email emccafferty@talk21.com

 

THANK YOU very much indeed for taking part in this sponsored sleep-out. We know that our rough sleepers and the needy in Basildon really do appreciate all our efforts: “Thank you for all that you do for us. It’s only the churches who do this and care for us”.

 

PROJECT 58:7 (CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BASILDON)

SPONSORED SLEEP-OUT/IN

REGISTRATION FORM & UNDER 18s PARENTAL CONSENT FORM

 

Friday 2nd/Saturday 3rd December 2016 10pm – 8am inc. breakfast

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

Please complete this Registration Form and, if applicable, the under 18s Parental Consent Form

to hand in at the Church on the night

**NB You must not participate against medical advice or if you are not in good health**

 

YOUR NAME (caps)
 

ADDRESS (Caps)

(if applicable)

 

EMAIL ADDRESS FOR FUTURE

CONTACT RE. SLEEP-OUT

NAME OF YOUR CHURCH

(if applicable)

YOUR TEL NO.
TEL NO. FOR NEXT OF KIN,

PARENT OR GUARDIAN FOR

EMERGENCY CONTACT ONLY

 

 

 

 

RELATIONSHIP TO YOU

ANY SPONSORSHIP MONEY

PROMISED? IF SO, HOW MUCH

APPROX?

 

When all money collected in, we will need your sponsorship

form with full address & postcode of each Gift Aid donor, in order to process the claim

 

PLEASE CIRCLE WHICH APPLIES

 

18 OR OVER                                 UNDER 18

MEDICAL CONDITIONS OR

NEEDS

FOR UNDER 18s, TREATMENT

REQ’D & KNOWN ALLERGIES

 

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN:   I give my permission for my son/daughter to attend the sponsored Sleep-out to be held at Trinity Methodist Church, Clay Hill Rd/Bardfield, Basildon.  I undertake to inform the Sleep-out Committee if the young person named above or any member of their family, or other person with whom they have close contact, is known to have or contracts any infectious disease.

If, during the course of the Sleep-out, it becomes necessary for the young person named above to receive emergency medical treatment, including the use of anaesthetics, and I cannot be contacted, I authorize (please PRINT NAME clearly)…………………………………………. ……………. to sign the documentation required by the medical authorities.

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian: ………………………………………………………….

 

NAME (please print) …………………………………………………………………….

Revd Esther McCafferty, Phyl McLaren and Derek Turner

On behalf of the organising group

 

 

Extra copies of

REGISTRATION FORM & UNDER 18s PARENTAL CONSENT FORM,

SPONSORSHIP FORM & GIFT AID DECLARATION,

and SLEEP-OUT POSTER**

can be photocopied or downloaded from www.stmartinsbasildon.co.uk

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BASILDON – PROJECT 58:7

SPONSORSHIP FORM & GIFT AID DECLARATION FORM

FOR SPONSORED SLEEP-OUT/IN

 

Friday 2nd/Saturday 3rd December 2016 10pm – 8am inc. breakfast

In the grounds of Trinity Methodist Church, Clay Hill Rd/Bardfield, Basildon SS16 4NN

Sponsor form.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE 7TH SLEEP-OUT IN BASILDON TO HELP ROUGH SLEEPERS AND THOSE IN NEED

“For some in Basildon, a sleeping bag is home”

 

Will you help by sponsoring someone sleeping out per hour eg. 10pm – 8am inc. breakfast or one lump sum for the whole night?

Donations can be made in cash or by cheque, payable to Churches Together in Basildon (Project. 58:7) Charity No. 267593.

If you pay tax, please sign the Gift Aid column, providing the charity with your full address and post code. Photocopy more forms if needed.

 

NAME OF PERSON SPONSORED ………………………………………HOUSE NO. & POSTCODE …………………………………………………………

 

SPONSOR’s NAME (caps) HOUSE NO./NAME & POSTCODE (Caps)

TOTAL

SPONSORED

DATE GIVEN SIGNATURE

FOR GIFT AID

 

 

  

 

 
 

SPONSOR’s NAME (caps)

 

HOME ADDRESS AND POST CODE (caps)

 

£ PER HOUR

OR TOTAL

 

DATE GIVEN

 

SIGNATURE

FOR GIFT AID

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ht between 2nd  and the 3rd December 2106.

The Night Shelter

 

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: shelterlinks16@gmail.com

 

 

The Great Move

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:  ambrose@cgcbasildon.com.

Later on when the work is established it is hoped have outreach in the town centre and in Northlands Park.

CTB helps at the URC

 Should we change CTB to CWWTB?

Churches Working and Worshipping  Together in Basildon.
Last Saturday CTB came to the aid of the URC. There was a lot of clearing up to be done outside. A lot of pallets that had been given for a possible project needed to be cleared up and lots of peolpe came to help. Got an amazing amount done towards disposing of the pallet mountain at URC who  very appreciative of all the help from different Churches  across the town.
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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

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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.

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Peter

Peter and Ann  Finch,

Peter Mobile 07772965284
Ann mobile    07855 751212
Land line        01268 541158
17, Grove Avenue, Langdon Hills, Basildon. SS16 6HJ

Church Links Officer

 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; shelterlinks16@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STM Sponsored Walk

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.

IMG_9328 (2)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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street Pastors

Basildon Street Pastors – Latest News

Team

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.

8The 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.

 

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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

Celebration in the Park

DSC_0026Pentecost praise in the Park

Our third Pentecost Praise took place at Wat Tyler Country Park on 15th May 2016. After all the cold and rain we thought it might be a washout but we were blessed with a warm sunny day. There were Christian bands to listen to from some of the local churches and the STM Puppet Team put on their own musical items as the bands were getting ready to perform. Most people came after their own morning services and brought a picnic. Others went home and collected their dogs. The new CTB feather banners were proudly displayed to help the general public to  know who we were. The afternoon was rounded off by a short celebration service. The Living Word band provided the music for the worship. Everybody had a great time and the park has been booked for Pentecost Sunday next year. If you have any pictures you would like to publish on this page please send them to me on CTBasildon@aol.com.

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Living Word relaxes as the bands play
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Heartfelt singing
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Basildon Community Choir