There are many ways to approach God in prayer, including worshiping in the church, walking by the riverside, noticing the beauty of the hills and valleys, singing and lifting our hands in praise.
Contemplative prayer takes us into a quiet place, where we can open our hearts to listen to God, often through the words of holy scripture. Like Mary who “ponders these things in her heart”, we can take time to let the Word of God dwell deeply and listen to what God might have to say to us.
Prayer approaches from within the monastic traditions of the Church have a great deal to teach us about stillness and listening to God. Ultimately, prayer is something that God does within us, inspiring us again to look outwards towards others. Do feel welcome to come along for one or all of the sessions at Erdington Methodist Church.
Begins THIS Sunday, 14th April Noon at Kingstanding…… and ends Westminster Good Friday, 19th April.
The coach is booked to leave Kingstanding at 12 noon on Good Friday for the Knife Walk/Service in Westminster. The coach has 53 seats. BOOK NOW if you want to join us for worship and protest in London. We could easily run out of spaces.
Youth Worship – Launching the Knife Cross Walk
THIS Sunday, 14th April 11am – Kingstanding – see poster above.
If I may I would like to paint a picture. On the 14th April a dirty great truck is going to rumble out of the circuit bearing a large metal cross made of knives. It will be adorned with banners, pennants and the collective creative efforts of our knitters, paper folders, carpenters, welders and crafty souls. As the spectacle of colour heads off the local press will record the event and our message of peace, love and hope. No doubt a couple of the politicians who are supporting us will be making sure they are in shot. More importantly we will be distributing message cards and small gifts to any people that have gathered.
Earlier that day a commissioning Palm Sunday service will have been held where all our walkers will be blessed. Then it will begin in earnest. As the lorry heads of to our first overnight stop, probably Coventry, the walkers will trudge the first of the six 18ish mile sections of this epic pilgrimage. Of course not everybody will want to, or be able to, walk the whole thing. We’ll have people who’ll cover short sections, others who might wish to walk for several days – and one or two might want to attempt the whole 114 miles!
From then on it will be rinse and repeat and until we reach London. In each place enroute we’ll hand out gifts, we’ll probably sleep on floors and no doubt get our pictures taken as we head off on the next stretch.
On the sixth day – when God saw that is was very good – we’ll hold a service and protest outside Westminster Central Hall. Our message will be simple and blunt. Knife Crime Kills, and that something can be done about it. We will be calling for better youth work, policing, and a campaign to encourage young people to stop carrying knives. Our communities will not be forgotten or ignored.
So that is the picture; and it’s no pipe dream. Enthusiastic souls have already stepped up to cover communications, media, admin, logistics and crafts. We even have a scarf-ordinator looking after all the knitting. Today I saw the skills of our creative team in action. In a few short hours and with the support of a cream tea they produced so many great ideas.
The Muslim Council of Britain has offered us support for the London leg, and we have letters and messages of support from politicians of various hues.
In conclusion it only remains to ask what part you might like to play. What started as the ‘They don’t know’ campaign has grown rapidly. It’s an important message and we need to make some noise about it. Would you consider walking part or all of the way? Would you like to help with the worship at either end, or the protest. Would you like to join the craft team or help raise some money? Would you consider coming to London on a coach to join the final event?
We would very much like to have a clear picture of who, how and how far by the end of February. If you are interested, please call 07794639382 or email email@example.com
“i recently became homeless due to rent arrears because my ESA was payment pending a medical after going from the 13,june to ,21aug till them i was left with nothing told to claim jSA which i did in September my first JSA was ,5th oct for 33 pounds i the got my medical through 7nov which i attended in Glasgow and was place on support group but no back payment because i should have asked for back payment of JSA which i am not entitled to coz i waz actively seeking work due to a sever black eye from my ex partner now in jail i have lost all my goods the housing i was wish even though the know this the situation evicted me am now 9th on the homeless have been since feb.”
N is currently completely destitute and street homeless. N arrived in the UK roughly 4 weeks ago from Namibia. He claimed asylum and was immediately detained. Whilst in detention he was afraid that he had been jailed and withdrew his asylum claim (he had no legal advice at this point). He has been released from detention and is working with his lawyer to submit a Judicial Review. Due to these very unusual and unfortunate circumstances, N has no entitlement to asylum support or to any other public funds. Our organisation has supported him with a one-off emergency destitution grant of £72. This, of course, is only a short term assistance and we have explained to him that unfortunately we are unable to provide any further support. He has absolutely no money and has already commented that he has lost weight since arriving because he is unable to eat properly.
G has been homeless for over 2 years now after making some poor choices following the deaths of his adoptive parents.
G has been offered a property now through the Council and really needs support to access this accommodation. He has got to pay 4 weeks rent in advance which is £240 as well as travel expenses and general housing costs, £80, furnishing and decorating the property, £200. G receives £317 per month in benefits and will use this towards the cost of accessing the accommodation. A grant from your organisation will support G to move into this property and to focus on turning his life around.
MM is 8 months pregnant. She has been made homeless after the refusal of her asylum claim. She has been sleeping rough on the streets. We have found a temporary room for her to live until she secures her own accommodation. We request you to please look at this application sympathetically
Miss EE is 20 years of age and has recently been homeless in the D area.
EE referred herself to Adult Social Care, advising that she needs support to address her homelessness issues as she has been sleeping on park benches and has mental health issues that are worsening due to the circumstances.
EE told me about her health and the circumstances that have led her to be homeless.
EE is under The home treatment team for mental health support and she was visiting them everyday, but now she is under the Specialist Mental Health Team. She has depression, anxiety and the home treatment team are currently investigating a potential diagnosis of emotional unstable personality disorder. She also has PTSD. She has flat knee caps and struggles to walk long distances, but a friend has been lending her money for buses.
EE explained that she was living with her ex-partner, her ex-partner’s parents and her 1 year old son in XXXX for a year and a half. She fled YY where she lived before due to domestic violence and when her child’s dad (who committed the domestic abuse) established she was in XXXX, EE went into a XXXX refuge and then she went to a ZZ refuge. She was in the ZZ refuge, recently returned to XXXX for a ‘weekend away’ and she said she a mental breakdown and was referred to the home treatment team. Her psychiatrist has advised her that they feel she shouldn’t return to ZZ as she doesn’t know anyone in that area.
EE says after her mental breakdown she had to give her child into his dad’s care, as her mental health has deteriorated. She is keen to get her own place so she can get her son back.
EE has been destitute, without money and food and she has no family support. EE is now in a house share in AA but has minimal funds as it has taken a long time for her benefits to come through. All her possessions are in ZZ and she does not have the money or the means to get them returned from Somerset. Even though she is now getting Universal Credit, she still isn’t being paid Council Tax or Housing Benefit and has very little money to cover her monthly expenses and make ends meet.
It would cost just over £50 for a courier to return her possessions to her and this would make a big difference to her wellbeing, as she doesn’t want to “restart” her life again and lose these possessions. A grant would assist her to get these possessions back and help her in moving forward with her life.
X is from a commonwealth country. She was forced to flee to the UK after her husband was killed in a land dispute. X didn’t know that she was a few weeks pregnant at that time. She arrived in this country and claimed asylum. Her asylum claim was turned down and she was made homeless. She was referred to a Refugee Service and they started supporting her with a food bag and £10 weekly cash allowance. X doesn’t have a place to cook food so in a sense that food parcel cannot be used. She sleeps in the parks and spends her day in the shopping malls to keep her warm. She had a miscarriage when she was 21 weeks pregnant. She has a sleeping bag which was given to her by another charity, but the condition of this sleeping bag is not so good now and it has holes in it. This is not fit for purpose anymore as it cannot keep X warm. X attends our women’s meeting regularly and that’s where she asked us for some help. We are applying on her behalf to provide some practical support for X. The future doesn’t look so good at the minute as no solicitor is willing to take her case after the huge cuts in legal aid. We are in discussion with a law centre to find the possibility of them taking her case and submit a fresh asylum claim on her behalf.
A was a women’s rights activist in her home country, Afghanistan. She was threatened with death because of her activities. Once she was in the UK visiting a friend when she received a phone call informing that her house has been invaded and the authorities have been asking about her and searching for her in friends and relatives house. She sought asylum in the UK and was put in a detention centre. She was detained for 14 months and released on bail in May 2018. She is still waiting for a positive outcome on her asylum application. She developed severe mental health issues during her time in detention centre. Her application for section 95 was turned down. She has now applied for section 4 support and waiting for an outcome. In the meantime, she has nowhere to live and to go for food. She told us that it was better for her to live in a detention centre as at least she had a place to sleep and food to eat. We request you to help A in order to buy suitable clothes and a sleeping bag. She also needs help towards the cost of travelling to food hubs for homeless people so that she can get some food to eat on a regular basis.
How You Can Help
The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. You can respond to our calling and help the homeless by supporting The Methodist Fund for Human Need.