May Update

"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act" Proverbs 3:27

There are a dizzying array of ways you can help contribute to the mercy ministry this month. There is sure to be a way you can help. Please investigate, pray and find out where you have the power to act!

Link Visiting Scheme VolunteerBefriend a person to phone or visit. They are getting one referral a day so are desperate for additional volunteers
Transport to friendship group
Train a person on the use of a tablet. Recently a women in her 90s was successfully trained so she could speak to her daughter in Canada.
Potting of plants - pick up pots from an allotment and mentor the members to do some planting.
GiveHelp transform lives with friendship
Prison Fellowship Letter LinkProvides hope and care through matching a prisoner with a PF volunteer
PrayThrough prayer we have seen lives transformed, families healed, hope restored.
Sycamore Tree Restorative justice and victim awareness course by trained volunteers
Chaplaincy supportSupport for busy prison chaplaincies, from running programmes to helping with a service
GivePrison Fellowship offers all its programmes free to prisons, and to the men and women who access their services.
CCA VolunteeringHelp in charity or furniture shop
Provide listening ear in support centre
Office or tech duties
Van driving
Furniture donationsProvide good quality furniture for clients or to be sold in shops
Fundraising Running a marathon, Cycling, Trekking, Sleeping out, Swimming or perhaps something less athletic like shaving your beard!
GiveHelp them reach their goal of £50,000 this year
Monthly collectionsKeep an eye out in CFN for the date and requests for our monthly collections
The Coombes SchoolDonate plants, containers and soil
Saturday 29th May - Come along to the working party and help create beautiful containers for the school

Mercy Ministry

Mercy Ministry at Arborfield Church

For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. Psalm 72:12

The Arborfield church family are keenly aware of how God, our loving Father has helped us. We are eager to follow in his example and offer our help to those in need. There are many opportunities to serve, listed below are some we are focusing on as a church family. It would be wonderful if you could prayerfully consider if you could help with one (or more) of these organisations. You will need to sign up directly with the organisation and go through their safeguarding procedures. However if the people volunteering in the same organisation could be linked together to share stories and pray together it would be a great encouragement.

There may be people you are aware of who are in need or you may be need yourself. If there is any way we can help we would love to know.

So if any these apply:

  • You are aware of a need you think some of the church family maybe able to help with
  • You want to find out more about any of these volunteering opportunities
  • You want to inform us that you have signed up so you can get in touch with other volunteers.

Please do get in contact by sending an email to mercy.arb@abch.org.uk

Prison FELLOWSHIP

Prison Fellowship's mission is to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them.

“When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

Matthew 25 39,40

There are opportunities to help by writing letters, enabling prisoners to send gifts to their loved ones, supporting the chaplain and more.

Please visit their website to find out more and to sign up Prison Fellowship

“The letters were a breath of fresh air to the prisoners – receiving something from people unknown to them, showing care.”
John Brown (former prisoner chaplain).

The Link visiting scheme

CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND THE LIFE OF SOMEONE ELSE

Would you like to have a chat with someone who may be feeling isolated or lonely and looking forward to a call from you?

Why not consider becoming a volunteer with the Link Visiting Scheme? They have been running for many years and have now become a valuable and essential organisation in Wokingham Borough.

The Link Visiting Scheme is a Wokingham based charity whose aim is ‘Changing lives through friendship’ and they are dedicated to reducing loneliness by helping isolated people make friends.

They have an excellent website where three volunteers explain what it is like to be a volunteer with Link, including reading about why they joined, outlining what they do and the benefits they experience both as volunteers and the people they befriend.

Don’t delay and take a look at their website and request a volunteer pack

Christian Community Action

CCA aim is to demonstrate God's love by meeting people's practical needs and restoring their self worth. In addition they offer support to their service users; helping them to learn new skills, rebuild their confidence and get into paid employment through volunteering at their shops.

CCA provides support for individuals and households in Reading who are in need of emergency furniture, bedding and kitchen items. They do this through recycling donations of furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.

They need volunteers to help serve in their shops, and to train as assessors in the Support Centres. Van drivers and able-bodied crew members are needed to collect and deliver furniture.

The following skills are always needed:

  • Administration
  • IT
  • painting
  • decorating
  • plumbing
  • electrical work
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources

To find out more and sign up to serve please visit the volunteer page

We also plan to have a monthly collection for food and other essentials parcels.

The Coombes School

The Coombes primary school is our local primary school. We are keen to support them in a number of ways including reading with children, making cakes for staff, assisting with landscaping and tidying the grounds. There are a number of people from our church serving as governors. The ministry team visit for weekly assemblies.

Owing to the current pandemic we are still exploring how to safely support the school, and will update this page as options are agreed.