Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal 2019
As in previous years, we are supporting the Blythswood Shoebox appeal. Each shoebox given contains a selection of items ranging from toothbrushes and soap to hats and gloves, together with suitable gifts or toys appropriate to the age-range (for both children and adults). As can be seen on the video shown at church, the gifts go to those in need across a range of countries from Bulgaria to Pakistan. You can see the appeal video at https://youtu.be/o0PDHCLVSno - it makes heart-rending viewing - or visit https://www.blythswood.org. At Christmas, when we have so much, let's think about what we can do to share what we have with those who have so little in comparison.
Harvest Festival 2019
We shared our harvest lunch with the local community, and celebrated God's goodness in providing for us day by day.
The harvest offering was given to provide help for those suffering in South Sudan, via the Baptist Missionary Society - have a look at the BMS website at
Our offering of harvest goods was given to the award-winning Wild Goose Drop-In Centre, which provides free hot meals, shower facilities, clothing and toiletries four days and six nights a week for those in extreme poverty and need. The centre also serves as a hub in signposting to appropriate voluntary and council services.
Sarah from Crisis Centre Ministries wrote:-
'It is so heartening when we receive a gift from a generous donor that allows us to say "yes" to someone desperate for help, to welcome them in from the cold and to provide for their needs. On behalf of all of us at Crisis Centre Ministries, I would like to say a big thank you for your donation of harvest food. This will enable us to carry out the life-impacting work we do with homeless and vulnerable people.
Your gift helps people like Dave:
“The Wild Goose Cafe is a real hope to lots of people; it keeps people alive! The food is delicious. I look forward to coming to eat, it gives me routine to my day and keeps me healthy. ”
Thanks to your gift, Crisis Centre Ministries is able to provide practical help to deserving people experiencing real hardship.'