Taking the goodness of God out into our community... 


OUR RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Rainbow card

(Beautiful card made by Ella, Lucy and Isaac for the Postcard Pal Project)

We are still an active Church Family maintaining a sense of being together even if it might now look differently. 

 

KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS
  • DAILY 'THOUGHT FOR THE DAY' E-MAIL - a Christian response to the Coronavirus To help keep us anchored to God during this season, and on behalf of Rupert and the team, Mandy Williams (Parish Secretary) is e-mailing out a daily devotional to encourage and inspire us from the Bible. 
         If you would like to receive these daily e-mails please contact Mandy:  
           stmarks_talbotvillage@btconnect.com

REQUEST FOR SCRUBS: 

Westbourne Rotary are trying to gather cotton and poly cotton items, sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases to make into scrub outfits for the NHS. 

We have a arranged a drop off location at St.Mark's school (in agreement with the headteacher). These will then be taken to 2 factories that are making up the materials, they just need more to work with. 

 

I NEED HELP...

  • PASTORAL SUPPORT: If you are isolated or unwell and would like to receive a regular telephone call from a member of our Church Family, or know someone in the community who would benefit from this service, please contact Marion Marks, Church Warden Tel:  01202 520840                                                                                                                                                 
  • PRESCRIPTIONS: If you are unable to get out and need a prescription collected and delivered then please let us know.  Please contact Rupert.                                                                                                      
  • FOOD/ SHOPPING: If you are struggling to access food at this time, or self isolating, then please let us know. Please contact Rupert. 
USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION/ RESOURCES: 

  • DEBT HELP - Christians Against Poverty 01274760720                                                               https://capuk.org/
If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, emotional or mental wellbeing: 
 
  • Visit https://www.alabare.co.uk/ Alabare Riverside Sanctuary, Salisbury. Anyone wishing to access the service can do so Monday - Friday from 5pm - 10:30pm. Telephone: 01722 322 882
  • If you are struggling with anxiety and are aged 5 – 15 or are a parent/carer visit  gozen.com. The website has animated videos specifically related to helping children manage anxiety as a result of the Coronavirus.
  • Further advice and help for children available at Kids Matter kidsmatter.org.uk
If you are suffering domestic abuse: 

Visit:
bcha.org.uk/our-services/supported-housing/domestic-abuse/ 
or call 01202 710777 between 9am and 5pm seven days a week. BCP area. 

GIVING HELP... 


If you would like to become a phone friend and keep in touch with people who are isolated or are able to help in practical ways to support our friends and neighbours within our community then please contact: Rupert. 

FOODBANK 
Support local food banks and those isolating in our community by providing any of the following items which the Bournemouth Food Bank are running out of quickly:
 
  1. Long-life Fruit Juice
  2. UHT Milk
  3. Rice Pudding
  4. Tinned Fruit
  5. Tinned Vegetables

Other needed products are tinned fish, tinned tomatoes, savoury snacks, toiletries and soap.

You can drop food or goods items off at any of these donation points: 

https://bournemouth.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
 

ACTS OF KINDNESS...

 
Simple acts of kindness which sprinkle a whole lot of happiness at what is a difficult time
for us all... 
 Mothering Sunday // Kids Activity Craft Packs // Postcard Pals 
  • MOTHERING SUNDAY: Church Families, whilst adhering to social distancing regs, made posies of daffodils and cards for Mothering Sunday which they delivered to the doorsteps of people within our community.                                                                                         
  • KIDS ACTIVITY CRAFT PACKS: To entertain children whist the schools are closed, we are making up craft packs to keep some of the little people in our community busy (and to give their parents a rest). This has only been made possible because of the generosity of members of our church family as well as Hobby Craft, who donated a trolley load of crafts, and Tesco, at Tower Park, who gave us a big bag of goodies. Our prayer is to reach as many families as we can, in our community, with the light and love of Jesus through these packs.
You can still donate to this project. Please contact
alex via e-mail: stmarksyouthandchildren@gmail.com
 
  • POSTCARD PALS FOR OUR ELDERLY FRIENDS: Through the links our Church Warden, Marion Marks, has made with Meyrick Rise Care Home, we are partnering with their Magic Moments Team to encourage our different children's groups - FUSION Youth, Kidszone and Toddlers - to send messages, letters, postcards and drawings to the home which will be shared with all the residents. This will help our friends who live there and have started to feel isolated during this coronavirus situation. It will keep them connected and hopefully bring some cheer. 
postcard pals
 

A BIG Thank You to all of you who have got involved with these different projects. We are really grateful to you all and these efforts could not have been made possible without your help. Blessings to you all for your kindness.
 
Praying on in God's strength...