At St. Michael’s we are pleased to be able to support the work of the Christian Church at home and in other parts of the world. We have a link with the diocese of Kondoa, Tanzania, where we have helped them to build the new church of St. James the Apostle in the village of Chemba.
We are called by Jesus to go into Wilmington and make disciples. To reach out is to be in the community and to do God’s work. As part of this we also seek to strengthen our relationships with the many organisations in the village.
From our weekly giving we also support a large number of charities. Representatives from these charities come to our services to tell us about their work.
Each year we support the work of Christian Aid by holding fund raising events and carrying out a door to door collection of houses in Wilmington. This year, 2017, we raised £1,270 which will be used to
support refugees. For more information about the work of Christian Aid and how the money will be used please see www.christianaid.org.uk
For the last 21 years we have held a Model Railway Exhibition, raising money for various charities. In 2017 the exhibition was again a tremendous success raising £11,100 shared between Demelza House, The Railway Children, Cherished Memories and St Michael's Youthworker.
Support to Servicemen
St. Michaels aims to provide support to local servicemen and their families.
Most of us are used to seeing newsreel of our army in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan and, before then, in Northern Ireland. But few of us have the remotest concept of what it must be like to be engaged in modern day combat. Gone are the days when battles were fought during daylight hours. Nowadays warfare is a twenty four hour business. The threat of action is ever present with mortar and roadside bomb attacks and ambush a constant possibility. For their families every day is a source of worry as loved ones wonder if the soldiers will return safe and unharmed.
Moreover, soldiers returning to Britain after an overseas tour also often need help. The psychological problems they face through their experiences are immense and adjustment to life at home can be difficult and painful.
Little wonder, therefore, that soldiers on active service or coming home, together with their families, need our prayers and support. As Christians it is our duty to provide all the love, help and support we can and that is why we are launching this initiative.
We would like to hear from anyone in the parish who is either a soldier or who has a member of their family serving in the army overseas. We will pray for their safe deliverance and also for their family. We will write to the serviceman explaining what we are doing and at Christmas and birthdays will send them a card and a present. When they return to Britain, we will invite them and their family to a family service at St Michaels when we will include a time of thanksgiving.
If you would like us to support a serviceman or his family do get in touch with us. You can contact us at the Church Office (01322 288235 ) or by e mail at servicemen. Alternatively, come along to St Michaels at any one of the Sunday services and mention the matter to Rev. Richard Arding or any of his ministry team.
On 23rd October 1642 just before the Battle of Edghill, Sir Jacob Astley, a cavalry commander in the Royalist Army prayed ‘ O Lord thou knowest how busy I must be this day: if I forget thee, do not forget me’. May we not forget our brave soldiers who risk their lives for their country every day. May we demonstrate our remembrance by our love, our prayers and our support.