June News

Bridestowe Methodist Church Door

18 June 2021

Bridestowe Methodist church

June services will be led by;

6th Alison Morgan 11am
13th Bridestowe worship group 11am
20th Irving Pemberthy 11am
27th Angela Banfield 11am

We are all looking forward to the 21st of June when we hope that most if not all the Covid restrictions will be lifted.
As most people will know, over the past 2 years we have been raising money and doing work on the lower part of the chapel building to create a coffee bar and meeting place we are calling “The Ark”. From the 22nd we will be opening The Ark as follows for the first week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, 9 – 12 and Wednesday and Friday afternoon 3 – 4.30. so please come in for a coffee or tea and meet up with friends. 

One of the Methodist Churches founders, John Wesley has these words attributed to him; 

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. 

It is a good model for life that we can all aspire to. We will all fail often, but we can keep trying to be the best we can.
St Bridget’s Church 

St. Bridget’s Church School Milk Scheme 

In January 2021 in response to the national holiday hunger campaign which highlighted the hardship some families were facing as a result of the covid restrictions, we started a free school milk scheme. 

Every year our churches give money to charities; at Remembrance we give to the Royal British Legion, Christmas The Children’s Society, Harvest Farm charities etc. This year because of the lockdowns we haven’t been able to raise as much money, however St. Bridgets decided to give a small amount to help in our local community. A Lydford resident donated their £200 heating allowance and a young Mum from All Saints in Okehampton secured a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

This meant we are able to offer free milk and breakfast boxes to a number of schools and families as well as supporting school breakfast clubs. Bridestowe, Lydford, Boasley Cross and Mary Tavy Primary Schools, Treetops pre- school have taken part locally. Teachers who live in Bridestowe but work in the larger schools have used the scheme to help families further afield from Princetown to Hatherleigh and Lifton to Moretonhampstead. 

The scheme supports local businesses too. All of the produce is supplied by Riverside Stores, Bridestowe, who kindly agreed to support the token scheme. The milk is supplied by Taw River Dairy, a local farm with a herd of Jersey cows. 

We have received a lot of positive feedback from the schools and families. One struggling parent said, “For the first time in a long time I feel like someone cares.” It’s encouraging to know we can make a difference to someone’s life no matter how small. 

This scheme would have been virtually impossible if we tried to start it up as a charity, it would need a bank account, committee, charitable status etc. but because we are a church all the infrastructure is already there, so please support the church so the church can support the community. 

If you would like to know more about the scheme please contact Adrian 01837 861580 

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