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During this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, let's keep in touch and up-to-date with current advice and information on how to keep well ourselves and look after those in isolation and in need of help.
If you would like to post some information or a message on the parish blog, please email: office@littleflower.co.uk


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Friday: Day of Prayer for Abuse Survivors

Friday, 3 April – Day of Prayer for the Victims and Survivors of Abuse

Tomorrow is the Day of Prayer for the Victims and Survivors of Abuse in England and Wales.  There is a dedicated page on the CBCEW website with resources.  This can be found here:

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/day-of-prayer-abuse-survivors-2020/

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has also recorded a video of the Stations of the Cross which features the Day of Prayer in its introduction.  This will be on the CBCEW website as well.


This Week's Mini Musical Performance

This week's mini musical performance to entertain us (and neighbours!) by Seamus and Niamh, young St Teresa's parishioners.  Please click on the link below to watch and enjoy:

 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ko8DvZuUn2BpwX8L7

 


Don't forget the One Can Trust foodbank

Don't forget the One Can Trust

- your local food bank

 

Vulnerable local communities need your support more than ever.

That’s the message from the local food bank run by One Can Trust which is seeing a reduction in food donations and volunteer numbers, alongside an increase in need, as the impact of the coronavirus crisis grows.

Donate to your local food bank

The food bank, which serves those in need across High Wycombe and provides services as far as Marlow, Princes Risborough and parts of South Bucks, is facing serious challenges and urging all local people and organisations to pull together:

“We all need to look after ourselves and our families but please also remember the wider community during these difficult times. This crisis is not only making things worse for the hundreds of families and individuals who already use our service, but we’re also seeing a rise demand, especially with schools now closed.

Whilst church porches are no longer accessible and so donations cannot be collected there, you can support in a number of other ways. Cash donations would be most helpful. This will enable us to be as efficient as possible by reducing the risk through handling donated goods, while building up a ‘war chest’ for what’s to come. Whatever you can afford would go a long way and the details are on our website. We’re also in desperate need of a large quantity of bags for life – something we don’t want to waste much-needed funds on buying,” said Graham Peart, Chair of the One Can Trust.

Can you help your food bank?

The organisation is also asking for volunteers to come forward.

“Our volunteers are incredible people and the ones who keep this service going. A number of them are elderly, some are having to self-isolate and we need back-up so we can maintain the service. Even if you can help for just a couple of hours a week, you’ll be making an important contribution during this crisis and we’d urge you to contact us. We’ll need people who can do a range of things, including help with general admin tasks, such as answering phones. I’d also like to reassure everyone that we are absolutely following all hygiene guidelines to minimise the risk of spreading the virus,” added Graham.

The Trust also continues to run donation points from most local supermarkets.

Cash, food and bags for life

All details for making cash donations can be found on the website www.onecantrust.org.uk/donate/donate-money/. If you are able to volunteer or have some bags for life, please email:  onecan@live.co.uk.   

 


Wycombe Homeless Connection Update

"Hello,

First, thank you so much for everything you are doing for your communities at this unprecedented time. We know you are inside, and out, caring for the lonely, bereaved, ill, orphaned, isolated and scared. It is simply extraordinary to see the work Jesus’ church is being and doing and you inspire us.

We value your prayer support so very much and we are praying for you and your fellowship. You may have heard that it was with heavy hearts we closed our Support Centre earlier this week and moved what would usually be face-to-face services online and on the phone. The need for our services is greater than ever so we are doing all we can to make sure people in our town and further afield get the help they need at this frightening and difficult time.

We have already seen the numbers of people asking for help to stay in their homes go up. But we have also been able to move people who have recently come to us for help because they are living on the street into safe accommodation. We have also started working with foreign embassies to help try to get people who want to go home if they are not originally from the UK.

What’s changed since our last update?

*    Our staff are running support services in a different way. We have opened a hotline for those are homeless or at risk of homelessness and made it easier to get in touch via or website and by email.

*    Alongside working with other local organisations like One Can Trust foodbank, we will continue to house anyone who would otherwise be sleeping on the street, and support our guests who are accommodated, ensuring they have what they need to be healthy through the provision of food and other items.

*    Our staff will continue our homelessness prevention work over the phone and online.

*    We are working as closely as ever with local government and other local organisations to make sure everyone is taken care of.

Please pray:

>    For the safety and wellbeing of every single person who is helped by our services

>    That no one would be made homeless at this time and that the tools needed to prevent evictions happening will be strengthened and enacted quickly

>    That the staff and trustees stay well and healthy so they can continue to work

Give thanks for the generosity and support shown to the people we all serve Financial gifts are more vital than ever You might like to give to our appeal or share it with people you know who would like to help in this vital way. It is to help ensure our services as well as gifts of food, clothing and equipment can continue.

www.wyhoc.org.uk/urgent-appeal

Thank you so much"

The Wycombe Homeless Connection Team


Poppy Cascade Appeal

POPPY CASCADE UPDATE

May 2020 will be 75 years since VE Day, which heralded the end of the Second World War. 

To mark this event, St Mary's & All Saints Church in Beaconsfield were planning to construct cascades

of woollen poppies around their churchyard.  Here is the latest project news:

"I am grateful for the overwhelming response to this project.  We probably now have in the region of 5,000 poppies, with doubtless more still in people’s homes. I will make good use of them all, just in the current climate, I cannot be clear when or how. However, I now need to ask that people STOP making Poppies now please.

It still feels important that at this time, we can all use our creative skills to work together towards another church community event, and I have chosen Christmas. I am now asking that people either knit red carnations, or make fabric angels. Both patterns, pictures, and templates on the link below, they have both been tested. Looking forwards, I can use them to decorate the church at Christmas. As with the poppies, any pattern that produces similar will work equally well.

As all places of worship are now closed, please keep all poppies, carnations and angels at home until the current restrictions are lifted. I hope this activity may offer some welcome diversion in this crisis.  Stay safe and well,

Links to patterns and notes:

Carnation pattern
Angel pattern
Angel notes
Helpful hints

Thanks"


Angela Shepherd

St Mary's and All Saints Church, Beaconsfield

 


The Whole World in His Hands

  'He's got the whole wide world in His hands'


Prayers in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Are you reeling at the moment from the impact of coronavirus? Are you wondering how you’re going to cope with months of isolation or social distancing? Are you worried about work, money or how the country is ever going to recover from the impact of this pandemic? And are you looking for some kind of spiritual solace, but struggling to find words to pray. Then this little book could be just the thing for you.

It contains 52 prayers written in response to the crisis, asking for strength, encouragement and support, as well as help for loved ones and the wider world. Honest, down-to-earth and heartfelt, it’s a resource written to help you articulate what you are feeling and bring you hope in these dark and difficult days.

Why is it free?

With all the craziness and uncertainty in the world right now, both Nick and Kevin Mayhew Publishers wanted to give something back and help support you as we all go through this together - which is why Nick Fawcett has created this special resource in response to the situation we find ourselves in.  They hope that it give you a little help and peace of mind.  Stay safe.

https://mailchi.mp/kevinmayhew.com/forsuchatimeasthis

 


The Passage - Big Give

The Passage

is raising funds through the Big Give until 12 midnight Tuesday 31st March 2020 to support its work Helping Homeless People to move away from the street to during the present Coranvirus situation and to provide support to keep them off the street both immediately and in the longer term.. Double your Donation, Double your impact.  This is a matched giving scheme for online donations.  If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 7592 1886 andrew.h@passage.org.uk


A Little Musical Calm in our Disrupted World

If you are feeling stressed or low in these difficult times or would just like to take some rest and relaxation from working at your PC, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser to listen to one of our young parishioners from St Teresa's, Niamh, playing the flute in her front garden and spreading some cheer to her neighbours:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/54QhYZNYaRAuHZ7N6

Do you know what piece of music Niamh is playing?  If not, listen again with someone else and see if they know!

Why not try doing the same or think of doing something similar for your family or neighbours (keeping a distance of course), ask someone to film it with their phone or tablet and have fun!  If you are happy to share the recording, please email it to: office@littleflower.co.uk for posting on this blog.  Make someone smile!


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