We are an active and motivated group at our Mission based Church, focussing on how we can create a better environment for the whole world around us through prayer, our concerns and our ACTIONS.
We support the Comfort Zone in Blackpool, (a drop in centre for the homeless and adults in need) by making sandwiches within our church and we provide food and clothing collections for the homeless men staying in Vincent House in Blackpool.
Action for Children is supported by regular giving.
Each week we pray for people living in four different streets in Poulton and Carleton and deliver “Prayer cards” to those homes. these are proving to be a source of encouragement, with responses from the public being aired and welcomed.
Twice a year, in the summer and at Christmas, we have a stall in the Market Square in Poulton with crafts and puppets created by Messy Church, our Saturday church for families. This encourages good conversations with the general public, and displays the work of Mission by our Church, both locally and worldwide. At Christmas we have filled Shoe Boxes with gifts for the Samaritans Purse to send overseas and have been a collection point for these from the local schools and churches. For Christmas 2018 we supported the Women’s Refuge in Blackpool with donations and monies for gifts for the women and children.
For each of the last three years we have “Angel bombed” Poulton and Carleton on a Sunday night before Christmas. Last year over 1200 angels with messages of hope and comfort were distributed. Many messages of thanks have been received on Facebook from local recipients. Angels found the next morning and sent elsewhere in the UK and even overseas have elicited much appreciation.
Action for Children is supported by regular giving and The Church regularly supports Open Doors and Barnabas Fund both charities giving hope and aid to the persecuted church around the world.
Coffee Plus, our coffee shop provides a great place to chat and make friendships with people. It opens five mornings a week. The tips from this amounting to £150 each month go to a different designated charity eg. Motor Neurone Disease, RNLI, Air Ambulance, Parkinsons UK. We hold a Coffee morning in the church hall each Saturday.
We have continued connections with Nixon Memorial Hospital Sierra Leone and Maua Hospital Kenya where we have financially supported a HPV vaccination programme for HIV positive women to prevent cervical cancer. In response to a request from Rosemary Pritchard we have raised money for a much needed well in Burkina Faso. In the last year we have held emergency collections for catastrophes such as the floods in Kerala and Mozambique.
Our Harvest collections support “ALL WE CAN” the Methodist organization for helping struggling communities across the world to gain the skills to become self-sufficient.
The Christian AID group work together in Poulton with other churches organising fundraising events for world-wide needs.
The Leprosy Mission group is active with regular giving to help repair earthquake damage in Nepal and financially supporting the opening of the New Outpatient Department at Perulia Hospital, India. Three times a year we arrange a ‘Noisy Collection” in which the Church Stewards, the Sunday Workshop, and Lighthouse decide upon a specific mission project and enjoy the fun and laughter together collecting monies on that occasion.
Our church groups eg. CAMEO, FOCUS and Church Fellowship routinely, through their activities, have supported various charities in the last year eg. Alzhiemers, Singing for The Brain, Mercy Ships, Brian House Children’s Hospice.
To summarise looking out to the wider world and expressing our concern, care and love in both practical and financial ACTION is core to what we do “Loving our neighbours” whoever and wherever they are.
Come and join us in ACTION 2019 if you wish, you will be most welcome !!