DONATIONS CAN BE TAKEN DIRECTLY TO TIPTREE URC ON THURSDAYS 2-4 P.M. AND TO ST LUKE'S CHURCH ON SATURDAYS FROM 10.30 A.M TO 12 NOON.
DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE LEFT AT ST MARY'S CHURCH.THE CHURCH IS OPEN DAILY FROM 9.00 A.M. TO 5.00 P.M. IF BRINGING ITEMS TO ALL SAINTS' AND IT IS LOCKED PLEASE LEAVE DONATIONS IN THE CHURCH PORCH.
Please see the latest Foodbank news and shopping lists below. The foodbank are also very grateful for strong carrier bags. Thank you for your support.
As you know church donations account for approximately 36% of the food donated to us. We would certainly struggle to feed our clients without your donations. Over the last three years our donor churches have proved very loyal. When we started foodbank we did wonder whether contributions would tail off as time went on but that has not been the case, in fact new church donors have started collecting.
There are other ways to support us in addition to providing food. Whilst all the food is donated we do have other expenses we have to cover, transport costs, administration and printing, postage, warehouse costs and, of course, we now have to pay rent on our warehouse. It currently costs us something over £2,500 per month to cover these expenses. The foodbank actively seeks as much grant aid as we can get but in many cases grants have provisions which means we have to provide some of the money from our own resources.
About 2½ years ago we set up a Supporters’ Group to enable people who wanted to give us financial support (in addition to or instead of food donations) to help us on a regular basis. We have not really promoted this widely but feel that now is the right time to make others aware of the group.
The Foodbank still welcomes monetary donations - these can be made online at https://www.charitychoice.co.uk/braintreeareafoodbank .
If online is a problem then please give cash (preferably in an envelope marked Foodbank) to either Caroline Strange or a churchwarden. Caroline is usually on the organ bench most Sundays or you can pop your envelope through her door at 58 High Street (we are not quite opposite the Labour Club). Please write your name and a means of contacting you on the envelope so that I can let you know when I have made an online donation on your behalf.
SUNDAY 10TH MARCH - THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (MOTHERING SUNDAY)
(Posies will be handed out at both services.)
SUNDAY 17TH MARCH - THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
SUNDAY 24TH MARCH - PALM SUNDAY
THURSDAY 28TH MARCH - MAUNDY THURSDAY
FRIDAY 29TH MARCH - GOOD FRIDAY
SUNDAY 31ST MARCH - EASTER DAY
MONTHLY NIGHT PRAYER (COMPLINE)
First Wednesday of the month at 8.30 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 833 9881 3389 Passcode: 604152
Night Prayer is our short, reflective service – it’s open to everyone, and ideal for a peaceful end to the day.
ST MARY'S TEDDY BEAR CLUB
The Teddy Bear Club is on Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m. Ideal for pre-schoolders.