Rev Dr Moira Biggins has been appointed as the chair of Workplace Chaplaincy in Derbyshire (WCD). WCD is an ecumenical voluntary organisation which deploys lay and ordained volunteer Workplace Chaplains throughout the County of Derbyshire.
Moira is the successor as Chair to Rev Dr John Davies, former Dean of Derby Cathedral, who has left the city to take up a new appointment as the Dean of Wells Cathedral. Moira is the first woman Chair and the first Methodist Chair of WCD. She has been appointed for a three year renewable term and took up the post on May 1st 2017.
Although she is leaving the Circuit this summer, she is not leaving the county (she is going to the South Derbyshire Circuit), so was able to take up the role. She will also be continuing as one of the chaplains at East Midlands Airport.
For more information about WCD, see its website at http://www.workplacechaplaincyderbyshire.org.uk/
Our knitted goods go mainly to Aquabox, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, and which continues to send aid to countries worldwide, where there is no access to safe drinking water. Aquabox had been working fortnightly, instead of weekly, so reducing their output, in respect of demand. However, Aquaboxes have been sent to East Africa, where the drought is severe, often sending boxes just containing the much- needed water filters. In particular, aid has been sent to Field Hospitals in North Kenya, which provide aid and a safe haven for people fleeing from drought and famine. Aid continues to be sent to refugee camps in Syria, but as they become better organised, the demand for aid is decreasing. Peru has suffered recent severe floods, and aid has been sent to remote villages there, which have no clean water.
As a result of reduced output, Aquabox had been accepting only teddies and cot blankets, but Mary Neville , Knitting Group Organiser, Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church, Mickleover has agreed to take any jumpers our groups may have, to send to Eastern Europe. I have now been notified that Aquabox will be closing down in July, and possibly August, as their warehouse is fully stocked, and they are looking for more funding. They are asking that we divert our knitting activities to other causes at the moment, which might include knitting hats and scarves for charities for homeless people (e.g. Padley Centre, Hope Centre.) One of our groups is knitting small Christmas angels as goodwill gifts for their church and community this Christmas. This idea was successfully carried out by the Newcastle Methodist District in 2015, and they distributed 20,000 angels. If we took up this idea, it would not be on that scale, but if groups are interested, does anyone have a pattern for a small knitted angel?
One of our organisers at Chellaston, Glenda Cumpstone has decided to go into residential care, as a result of a recent fall. We shall be sorry to lose her support, but wish her a peaceful and happy retirement. On account of this, and because knitted goods will be going to different charities, regretfully, we can deal only with goods for Aquabox at Chellaston. If possible, please send goods for collection by Aquabox by Monday 26th June, as the courier will not be operating in July. Otherwise, please keep the goods until needed. If you would like to knit for other charities, please deliver the goods to the appropriate address – I can supply some contact details.
Many thanks for your help and support
Dorothy Robinson (Co-ordinator)
(Methodist Relief and Development) July 2017
At the moment, the most urgent relief work carried out by All We Can is in East Africa, in countries worst affected by drought and famine. These include South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen in the Middle East. The distribution of aid is made more difficult by civil wars in South Sudan, and Yemen. All We Can is very appreciative of the £420,000 donated recently for famine relief, which has enabled the supply of sorghum, beans, cooking oil, and a nutritious peanut paste for babies to famine stricken areas. This is welcome news to people who have been trying to survive on bitter leaves, and water lilies, of little nutritional value.
The lean season in these areas is July, and three counties in South Sudan are already suffering famine. The Methodist Church is appealing for people to continue to give towards All We Can’s programme for famine relief. I am very pleased to have received £130 in the last few weeks for the appeal, and would ask people to keep up the effort, whether donations are sent to me to forward, or direct to Head Office at www.allwecan.org.uk/famine (or call 020 7467 5132)
Perhaps churches are already planning their Harvest Services, so please keep the All We Can Harvest Appeal in mind. This year the focus is on setting up small enterprises keeping chickens in Zimbabwe, and the slogan is ‘Chirp for Joy’. Many poorer people find it difficult to buy food, where prices are very high due to rampant inflation. The setting up of small chicken farms for poorer people in the countryside will be a life- saver. Harvest Packs for services, including a DVD, are available at www.allwecan.org.uk/harvest (or order by phone) I will have a few packs available on the All We Can stall at the Derby and Nottingham District
Synod on Sept. 16th at Riverside, Pride Park, Derby. At the Synod in April, this stall inspired a collection for All We Can from Synod members which amounted to £500, and I am very grateful for their interest, and wonderful support.
Derby Circuit Rep. ‘All We Can
It was “Derby week” in the Methodist Recorder newspaper on 24 February.
There was a letter from Dorothy Robinson of Chellaston, our Circuit All We Can representative, about “Cities of Sanctuary and welcoming the stranger”.
And Phil Royle of Mickleover not only won first prize in the paper’s Limerick Competition, but had a second poem listed among the “judges’ other favourites”.
I am hoping that most of you received the news that Aquabox has closed down operations during January and February this year, and is hoping to resume work in March. Aquabox sent 500 boxes to Haiti before Christmas in response to flood damage there, caused by a hurricane. Aquabox are now re-stocking goods for the boxes, but they have been unable to obtain some essential components, and are awaiting their arrival. The pause in operations will also save on heating, and the necessity of travelling in bad weather for the volunteers, during these winter months. Many thanks to those who responded with donations of money – these are much appreciated.
One of the fund-raisers at Aquabox, Mr. David Rawson (who is also available as a speaker) has recently visited The Gambia in West Africa, with his wife Tina. They usually visit the country every year, supervising Aquaboxes, and supporting a school for deaf children there. This year, the Rawsons went, despite the recent turmoil in The Gambia, caused by the reluctance of the outgoing President to recognise the results of the recent presidential election. This caused much anxiety and unrest in the country, and diplomatic pressure by other African states for a democratic solution. The newly elected President is happily, now installed, and intends that The Gambia should re-join the commonwealth.
Some of our members have had health problems lately. Mrs. Mary Neville, who organises the knitting group at Our Lady of Lourdes R.C Church in Mickleover has had a recent hip operation, and thankfully, is recovering well. Mrs. Glenda Cumpstone of Chellaston Knit and Natter Group, and who also stores knitting goods at Chellaston, which are awaiting dispatch to Aquabox ,has had a fall. Unfortunately Glenda has broken her elbow, and is in hospital recovering from an operation needed on her arm. This is a blow to Glenda, as she will be unable to knit for some time, and she is a dedicated knitter, besides helping with the organisation of knitted goods. We pray for a good recovery for her, and that it will not be too long before she can resume her knitting. I am really grateful to these two ladies, both over 80, who still maintain their Christian witness and service.
Many Thanks to everyone for keeping up the knitting, and storing it until we can again send our knitted goods to Aquabox. I will let you all know as soon as the knitting traffic is given the green light!
All best wishes for a Happy Easter
Dorothy Robinson (Co-ordinator)
During Lent, All We Can is focussing on its work in Cameroon, a West African Country with an Anglophone community which often suffers discrimination from their government. The government also serves a diverse nation of 20 million people of differing ethnic groups, religions and over 200 languages. Despite the good natural resources of the country, over 40% of people live below the poverty line. Corruption in public life, and threats of terrorism from the north do not help their situation.
All We Can prioritises help to the most needy and vulnerable people in Cameroon, these usually being widows and elderly women. The All We Can study booklet for Lent , ‘All Together for Justice’ highlights the ways in which some of these widows have been helped to a sustainable life after bereavement. Although widows have a right to their husband’s property, they are often cheated out of this, due to pressure from in-laws, debt, or being unable to fight for their rights because of lack of education. Some even consider prostitution as a means of surviving.
All We Can arranges self- help groups where women can meet together, and gain confidence. Skills training, and financial aid are given, which enable the women to start small business enterprises to support themselves and their families. A popular business which is taken up is pig farming. Gladys, one of the women helped by All We Can, had been reduced to feelings of suicide on losing her husband, but now has a pig rearing business, and looks forward to a much brighter future for herself and her family.
All We Can would like people to support this valuable work in Cameroon by a commitment to regular giving. As Doreen Asong, a support worker in Cameroon says “The £3 or £4 people are giving doesn’t seem much, but here it is immeasurable – it is giving hope, life, and everything to someone who has nothing. I just want to thank those who give, and encourage them to do more, because there are many more women who are still waiting”
Derby Circuit Rep. ‘All We Can’
At the Local Preachers’ & Worship Leaders’ meeting on Thursday 2nd March, both Matthew Cadden-Hyde and Chandra Morbey had their final interviews before recommendation to the Circuit Meeting that they be accepted as fully Accredited Methodist Local Preachers.
Also this quarter, Yan Yan Case and Theresa Hartwright will conduct their ‘final’ Trial Service and Ilona Rigby her ‘halfway’ Trial Service.
We commend all of them, as well as those still in training, for your prayers and support. It is a considerable commitment they all undertake to achieve full accreditation. Of course, once that happens, all Local Preachers and Worship Leaders need to continue to study and develop their conducting of worship and preaching. Knowing they are held before God in prayer by the Churches they serve, is of great encouragement.
Secretary to Local Preachers’ & Worship Leaders’ Meeting,
We have been able to send more than 70 bags of knitted children’s goods to Aquabox since July, so many thanks to individuals and groups in the Derby area and beyond, who keep on knitting, contributing to this very good total. I am particularly indebted to Rev. Raymond and Gwen Lunt, who in their visits round the Circuit, collect bags of knitting, bringing them to Chellaston for sending to Aquabox. Unfortunately, neither Gwen nor Raymond is very well at the moment, so please remember them in your prayers. Recently, we received a request from Aquabox for more teddies, and less need for jumpers at the moment. If you have jumpers, please send them, and they will be stored until the need arises again.
Aquabox has sent their October Newsletter to me, which I have forwarded to people with an e-mail address, and the following is a summary for those unable to access e-mail. Aquabox responded quickly to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti by sending 18 Community Filter Units, which will supply 18 million litres of clean water. This is vitally important, as cholera is a major problem in Haiti, where sewage and floodwaters are mixing. Aquabox has 500 more boxes ready to send to Haiti, but needs urgent funding for the shipment of the boxes. (Donate online at www.aquabox.org , or by post to Aquabox, PO Box 5398, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4ZP) The large boxes sent can only contain the large water filters, and humanitarian aid cannot be included. However, the smaller boxes with water filters and humanitarian goods continue to be sent to Refugee Camps in Syria, totalling over 4,400 boxes since the conflict began. Sadly, the need is ongoing, since the fighting in Syria just gets worse.
Santhi, a lady from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India, responds with thanks after receiving an Aquabox. Her home was destroyed by severe floods, which washed away all her possessions. With no permanent income, and homeless, living temporarily where space was available (such as a railway station) the Aquabox was a life-saver. The clothes for the children were much appreciated. The box was one of 100 sent to Tamil Nadu. Aquabox welcomes visits by individuals or groups to their depot. The assembly of the filters by mechanically minded men, and the packing room, staffed by a team of knowledgeable ladies is certainly worth a visit. A recent visit by Chellaston Knit and Natter Group was a great encouragement to their members. All the people working at the Depot are volunteers, like our army of dedicated knitters.
All best wishes for Christmas, and may the knitting flourish in the dark winter months.
Dorothy Robinson (Co-ordinator)
All We Can has opened an emergency Appeal for Haiti, following Hurricane Matthew, and initially, has made £10,000 available to its humanitarian partners in Haiti. Urgent aid is required for 1.4 million people, 60,000 of whom have been displaced. Sadly, about 1,000 people have died. A priority is the provision of clean and safe drinking water, especially with the present threat of a cholera epidemic, and the difficulty of access to stricken areas because of blocked roads and disabled communications. Our Mission Partners in Haiti, Sharon and John Harbottle ask for our prayers for Haiti, in particular for Port au Prince, which suffered extensive flooding and damage to homes, and especially for further west near Les Cayes, where the hurricane made landfall, and the situation is much worse. More information is available on the website www.allwecan.org.uk/haiti .
Many thanks to those churches who used the harvest resources from All We Can – ‘Making a Splash’ which highlighted the need for provision of clean water and sanitation in Uganda, particularly in schools.
The recent All We Can Newsletter gives feedback from Rita Devi, and the Srijan Foundation in India, on receiving messages sent to All We Can for them. Rita was featured in the Inspirational Women Appeal in Lent this year. There is also news of the provision of much needed play areas for Syrian children in the refugee camps in Jordan. Another recent project supplies sheep to farmers in Ethiopia, where the erratic weather hampers the planting of crops. The sheep can be moved around to available pasture, and provide valuable additions to the family diet and income.
All We Can has a catalogue of Christmas Gifts –’Extraordinary Gifts’, containing practical presents to donate to help people in some of the world’s poorest countries. All We Can invites individuals, groups and churches to buy these gifts. I have copies of the Newsletter, and ‘Extraordinary Gifts’ available, and these may also be obtained from your own Minister.
All We Can is keen to visit Churches in 2017, particularly during Lent, as new resources are planned for Lent. If your Church would like to invite a speaker, visit www.allwecan.org.uk or call on 0207467 5132.
Derby Circuit Rep. ‘All We Can’
The Local Preachers’ & Worship Leaders’ meeting takes place quarterly and enjoys discussion and presentations on the role of leading worship and preaching God’s Word. The meeting has had the benefit of a presentation by Revd Keith Burchell on copyright issues and workshops on All Age Worship led by Hilary Lamont. The September meeting, being the first in the new Church year, celebrated Holy Communion, with those present re-dedicating themselves to their calling as Local Preachers and Worship Leaders.
The Circuit is well blessed with 9 Local Preachers in training. The new course – ‘Worship; Leading & Preaching’ is being undertaken by 3 Local Preachers with the other 6 continuing their studies under the Faith & Worship course. The September meeting was pleased to agree that Jackie Berry be given a ‘Note to Preach’ but sad to learn that Mark Pomroy has withdrawn his ‘Note to Preach’. We pray God’s blessing on him as he moves on in his Christian journey.
The continued prayers and support of the Circuit are valued, as those called to lead worship and preach God’s Word, give of their time and gifts in the service of God and the Church.
Jean Parton, Nov 2016
Secretary to Local Preachers’ & Worship Leaders’ Meeting, Derby Circuit