Bishopton Outreach

Bishopton Outreach

 A few years ago Kay Dyer, along with a faithful band of helpers began “Company and Cake” , an outreach opportunity which hoped to provide a space for anyone who wished to come and enjoy a cuppa with delicious cake and good company, and hopefully rub alongside church members and pick up something of God’s love and care from them.

 However, in recent months “Company and Cake” has been a small group of church people only and the outreach side has fallen away, for several  different reasons.

It is vital that we retain a connection with Bishopton, especially as we have a share in the Community Centre (which is next to the school). With the closure of Sunday morning worship there, we need to find other ways of reaching out to the Community and maintaining a church presence there, at least  until a new vicar comes and works out what we are going to do long term.

The group working with Company and Cake has shrunk, due to other pressures on time and energy, but there have been various suggestions and signs of interest in perhaps doing something over a lunch time, offering a simple soup and bread/ sandwich to lonely people once a month, to begin to slowly build up our presence there.

 Morrison's have kindly donated some funds, and may be able to support us each month, but they have many other pressures too. Tesco and Marks and Spencer's are both possibilities for donations of food; vegetables which we could use to make soup, and they may offer other donations. There is some money in the Bishopton Account too.

 In addition, Shottery Primary School are wanting to offer some of the Year 5s and Year 6s the opportunity to meet with older people and build up a relationship with them. They can be brought to Bishopton for part of the time.

It seems that this might be the right time to pull together a team of people who would be prepared to help, once a month on the SECOND THURSDAY of the month, to serve a simple lunch, from 11.30 am until 1.30 pm .  However, the October lunch will be on 18th.

 Rebecca Bartlett (Becks!) has already designed some flyers we can distribute, and we need volunteers to put them through doors in the vicinity of the Community Centre. We need volunteers to help put up tables (and take them down) , serve food, welcome people as they come in etc.

Unless we can build a strong team, we can’t go ahead.

 If anyone feels they can volunteer, please give your name and contact number to Mary Crameri (tel: 01789 296650 ) or email mary.crameri@btinternet.com or.-, or Margaret in the Parish Office (292381).

 

 

 

 

Regular Sunday Worship at Bishopton Community Church Ceases

After a lengthy period of prayer and reflection it has been decided by the team at Bishopton and leaders of St. Andrew's Ministry and Worship Committees that the usual 2nd and 4th Sunday services will cease after 28th January 2018. However, it is felt that God is calling Bishopton Community Church to channel all their energy and effort into the flourishing Company and Cake and other forms of mission. It is also anticipated that carols at The Squirrel and other gatherings will continue. By historic right, the Anglican Church in the parish has priority over use of the centre with regard to Christian gatherings, according to the found-ational documents, and this continues. The Vicar celebrated a service of Holy Communion at Bishopton on Sunday 28th January at 10.30 a.m. when thanksgiving was made for the Sunday morning worship over the last five years and all those who have made it such a special place to meet with God.  To Him be the glory !

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