Chudleigh Parish Church’s 2019 Summer Project
The Summer Project this year will support 2 causes:
The Church Mission Society, where we will be specifically supporting Ruth Sayers’ work in Devonport, and the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust. The work of the latter is in South Africa, but both of our good causes are UK Registered Charities. Funds raised by our Summer Project will be divided 67% to the Church Mission Society, 33% to The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust
CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY – Helping individuals and churches answer God's mission call
The Church Mission Society operates in the UK as well as overseas, and since the retirement of Francesca Elloway, our long-time link missionary in Congo, we have adopted as our CMS Mission Partner Ruth Sayers, who is based in Devonport, Plymouth. Ruth visited Chudleigh first back in April and returned on Sunday 14th July to tell us more about her work in Devonport. Devonport, an urban parish, is an area of need, nowadays with a lot of unemployment, and three churches are working together ‘to try to make a difference’. Ruth told us specifically about three current projects.
Feast for Fun -Half of all schoolchildren in Devonport qualify for free school meals, which is fine in term time, but what about the holidays? The churches are laying on Feast for Fun each Monday during the summer holiday, feeding families, rather than just the children. They have been interested to find not only that a ‘roast’ (chicken with vegetables) is seen as a great treat, but that board games afterwards are also hugely popular as something new and different.
Craft Days -These are run in conjunction with the Devonport Library.
Work Club -This is a major work, ongoing on Wednesdays all year. Only the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year is missed. Computers are provided for the use of job seekers and for writing CVs. Advice is available on claiming benefits, and refreshments are provided.
Besides the funds that we have undertaken to raise through our Summer Project, Ruth told us she would value prayer for the work, especially the Work Club, and for herself.
Read more about Ruth and her work on our Mission Partners Page - click here
THE HILLCREST AIDS CENTRE TRUST- Providing support for young people and schools in South Africa affected by HIV/AIDS
Hillcrest is a suburb of Durban, South Africa. The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust:
Supports the education of Aids orphans in South Africa by paying their school fees and for their school uniforms and books. Supports the development of teachers’ skills in township schools.
Organises projects to South African rural township schools undertaken by 16-17 year-old South African students, painting and decorating and working with the pupils.
The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust was founded in 1990 by the Hillcrest Methodist Church in response to the pending HIV/AIDS pandemic. Supporting the work in South Africa, and making a point of ensuring that ALL funds raised go to that work, the UK-based HACT was established in 2002. Besides the ongoing work highlighted above, the Trust supports other projects undertaken by the Centre, such as a recent trip for pupils from four rural township primary schools to visit a leadership camp outside Durban; a reward for their academic effort and achievement.
To see more information about the Hilcrest Aids Centre Trust follow this link https://www.hillcrestaids.org.uk/
The Churches' Weekend Away Talks March 2019
Life in the Vine- Speaker: Simon Holland
Click on the following links to hear Simon's talks
The Churches' Weekend Away reports
Around 100 of us travelled to Lee Abbey in north Devon for the Church Weekend Away. We joined friends from Chudleigh Parish Church, Chudleigh Baptist Church and Chudleigh Knighton and Trusham Churches for a refreshing weekend together.
Simon Holland, the Warden of Lee Abbey, gave talks based on the Gospel of John Chapter 15. In this chapter Jesus said ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.’ John 15 v5 (ESV)
Simon used the analogy that as Christians we can be ‘grafted’ onto the vine. The term ‘grafting’ is an agricultural term that means that a new cutting can be grown from existing vine root structure. In this way, however and wherever we worship and serve we are the branches with Jesus at the centre of our faith. Jesus invites us to ‘abide’ in Him and He in us. Simon unpacked this metaphor a little more for us. Abiding simply means that we live our life with God. Our sense of identity, sustenance and significance is based in our relationship with Him. Through His grace we are accepted and from this inner fulfilment we are equipped to serve others and take joy into the world.
This contrasts with the reverse situation where our identity is based on our achievements or perhaps what we perceive others think of us. We end up working backwards and when our plans don’t work out this leaves us feeling frustrated. We were invited, therefore, to consider the question ‘What sustains us in life?’.
Finally we were encouraged to become ‘fruitful’ not by trying with our own strength but through our life and relationship with God. Sometimes this might lead us to places that we might not have expected!
No write-up would be complete without mention of the food which was home-cooked, plentiful and served by the fantastic team of volunteers who work tirelessly to deliver a fantastic retreat for guests. It was a humbling experience to be so well looked after by the team at Lee Abbey, and one which we are very thankful for.
Tim, Emily, George & Alice Farrell
I had never been to Lee Abbey before and was not entirely sure what the experience would be like. The journey there was somewhat wet and misty but the welcome was warm – as was the hot chocolate! The weekend was blessed with rather a lot of weather (!) and we could hear the wind howling around the building and watch the horizontal rain through the windows while we were tucked up warm inside. The building was impressive and I realised that wherever you looked there was something beautiful, whether it was a stained glass window, a vase, a carved fire surround or a view through the window: it was lovely.
The weekend gave us an opportunity to spend time together and to get to know one another better. Instead of dashing off after a quick ‘hello’ we could have a chat over a coffee, catch up with an old friend or make a new one. Mealtimes also gave us opportunities to share fellowship as well as good food. We had some fun quizzes, stimulating discussion topics and various activities on Saturday afternoon led by the Community team from the Abbey. But more than anything the weekend gave us a chance to step out of our busy lives and spend some time in the Father’s presence, to seek His will or to just be.
Simon Holland, the Warden at Lee Abbey, was a gifted speaker, using poetry, humour and eloquence to share the message of how we are grafted into the Vine (Jesus) and that if we are in Him then we will bear good fruit. I was reminded that I didn’t choose God but he chose me. It’s all about Love.
I came away from the weekend feeling refreshed and excited about what God has planned for our community here in Chudleigh, not to be inward looking but to look out with a vision of sharing God’s love with those around us.
We Love Chudleigh
We Love Chudleigh usually takes place over two days during the Easter holiday.
After lunch we began our outreach by offering to pay for people’s car parking
and handing out free chocolates in the High Street. People were very positive in
response, if a little surprised, but it was good to be able to talk to them
about what we were doing. They were impressed by our We love Chudleigh T-shirts.
On Thursday morning after breakfast we set off to the Church to prepare for the free coffee morning. People were appreciative of our baking and there was a good turnout. After tidying up and having lunch, we started to plan our service for Sunday evening. This was an opportunity to share with the congregation all that we had been doing, and to thank them for their support.