fleshandblood is a campaign to mobilise the church to increase the number of blood and organ donors in the UK, a call to recognise a need and respond with an act of generosity.

Founded as a partnership between Kore and NHS Blood and Transplant, the campaign aims to raise the profile of donation within the church and encourage donation as a personal gift. It seeks to equip individuals and churches as advocates for donation helping them engage with their family, friends and community.

Sponsored by Give.net and in association with denominations, organisations and festivals, our hope is that the church can make a significant impact on the lives of many and help to support the work of the NHS in caring for our communities.

Visit: fleshandblood.org

Workplace Matters

 

The vision for this project is to engage the church with the waterways communities. These communities are the boaters; they include live aboards, continuous cruisers, leisure cruisers, walkers, runners, fishermen, waterside residents and businesses.

John and Nicola Clark moved their narrowboat to Hartford Marina recently and so John is working to establish the Waterways Chaplaincy in this area with the blessing of the Environmental Agency.

The boats on the river in summer look idyllic, but, as in all communities, there are down times. People who live or spend leisure time on boats experience bereavement, loneliness, stress, marriage breakdown, ill health and financial difficulties.

John needs people to become involved: to adopt a marina and a public mooring in their area and commit to visiting at least once a week so that they build up relationships with the boaters. This is being Christ in the community: befriending people of faith and no faith, listening, pulling in resources through the senior chaplains where necessary, sharing one’s faith when given the opportunity.

If you would like further information please either call John on 0776 7362084 or email clarkjh@live.co.uk.

2013 Waterways Leaflet

Hope Cambridge with Cambridge Street Pastors are pleased to announce that the trials of The Safe Refuge (held over the last 2 years) were successful and confirmed the need for such an initiative. Over the pilot periods they offered care, a listening ear and practical help to hundreds of people out in Cambridge during the night time hours either enjoying themselves or working.

With this in mind they are now preparing for the Safe Refuge to begin on a permanent basis every Saturday night (10pm – 4 am) from this summer.
Safe Refuge is therefore recruiting for its Volunteer Care Team. A caring nature and a heart for people along with an ability to stay awake are all that’s required, as there will be adequate training provided.

If you are over 18, belong to a Church/Fellowship and can provide 2 references, one of which needs to be your pastor/minister then do think about whether God is calling you to be part of this work for his Kingdom.

For more information please contact:-

Tim Winchcomb on 0792 023 7489   Email: tjw28@cantab.net
or
Alan Lowe on 0758 856 0090 Email: alanlowe@cambridgestreetpastors.org.uk

This is the short video we watched at out AGM in March 2013.

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Give.net is a simple online donation website from Stewardship.

Using this new service, it is possible to give and Gift Aid a donation in a way which will remain anonymous to everyone at GBC (there will be a box to tick on the confirmation page). GBC has a donation page so there is no public list of donations!

3% of the total (gift + gift aid) is retained as their administration charge and a further 1% of the gift if it is made by credit card.

You can find out more are their FAQ page: www.give.net/pages/help/for-sponsors, or speak to Brett Mickelburgh.

You can give to GBC via give.net by following this link: my.give.net/godmanchesterbaptist

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Do you ever shop on the internet? If you do, here is an opportunity to raise money for charity by doing what you already do and at no cost to yourself.

Give as You Live is a scheme whereby any one of 2200 merchants will give up to 5% (typically 1-3%) of the purchase price to a charity of your choice. In return they have the opportunity to send you one e-mail a week suggesting stores with whom you may wish to shop, which of course you are free to ignore and do nothing differently than you did before!

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All you have to do is download software which pops up with a banner when you enter a site which offers the charity donation. You then choose to click on the banner to activate the software for that site on that visit. Thereafter everything is automatic and the charity donation is collected by GAYL and passed on to the charity.

The link below will allow you to download the software in order to support GBC, but at any point you can choose to change the charity you support to another – Cambodia Action (registered under the old, still official name of Southeast Asia Outreach), Anglo Indian Concern, Rehoboth Children’s Homes Trust and Mission Direct are all registered as recipient charities, as are most of the major national and international charities.

http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/godmanchesterbaptistchurch/ct4885

If you have any questions about this, do ask Brett Mickelburgh


This is part of a series from 2009 which explored the connection between Passion, Gifts and Personality.

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