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OUTREACH

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Susan Fraser

Over the summer, the Outreach Group thought it might be a nice idea for us to send postcards to members of the Church family, who have found themselves particularly isolated and / or lonely over the last year.

You could still send a postcard while you are on holiday or out and about locally.  This provides an opportunity to let people know that their friends at Mearns Kirk are thinking of them. 

If you would like to take part, please get in touch with me either directly or via the church office.  I will be happy to supply you with a name and address at any time.

I thought I would also take this opportunity to update you on how the money we raised at Christmas was being spent.  As many of you already know, we used some this money to assist Nitshill
and Priesthill Parish Church and Ruchazie Parish Church to provide Easter gifts for their children and young people.

More recently, I approached Women and Children First in Paisley to see if they could use additional help for the families they support; thinking particularly about the provision of school uniforms
at the start of term.  They said that such support would be welcome and we intend to provide vouchers totalling £500 for this purpose.

As we move towards thinking about resuming church activities, please look out for some special events we hope to hold during the autumn months. 

We will be inviting someone from The  Barnabas Fund to speak to us, hopefully in person, but failing which on Zoom.  The Fund is an international, interdenominational Christian agency that  supports Christians who face discrimination or persecution as a consequence of their faith.  The persecution of fellow Christians is hugely concerning and an insight into this work will help us identify how we can be of support.

We will also hear from Euan Fraser of International Justice Mission. IJM is a global Christian organisation which seeks to protect people in poverty from slavery and violence.  They work with
local authorities in countries across the world to identify and support survivors and bring perpetrators to account. Modern slavery is a huge issue which many of us know little about.  Hopefully, Euan will be able to shed light on this problem for us. 

Dates for these events will be intimated in Church  and on the Church website.

In light of current concerns around healthy eating, particularly for families on low budgets, we hope, in conjunction with my charity KIND(Scotland), to produce a basic cook book with a healthy eating scheme and budget plan for distribution free of charge to the organisations we work with at Christmas.  With this we would offer cookery classes based on the book.  For this we would need some church volunteers, but the cost of the book production would be met by KIND(Scotland).  If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact me.  We see this as a good way of building our connections in the wider community and at the same time sharing our Christian concern for others.

Anyone interested in joining the Outreach group, would be very welcome.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

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