Part of an aerial picture of the floods showing the church
Folks visiting the Pop -In
Some of the clothes and toys which were kindly donated
June 2007 is a day we will never forget – the day of the
floods. The Church was in the middle of the flooded area and was
the water subsided and we managed to get into the church, assess
the damage and start the big clean-up, we realised that hundreds
of homes around the church had the same problems but unlike us
they did not have dry clean homes to go back to after they had
done some cleaning.
of the church decided that we wanted to do something to help –
to show the love of God to those who were having a really hard
it was decided to open the church hall each weekday afternoon
for tea and coffee for a few weeks to give people somewhere to
go which was away from their wet and damp homes.
also started getting donations of money and goods which we could
give to people in need from churches and individuals both in the
area but also from Churches across the country. We are very
grateful to everyone who helped us in so many ways.
the first six months we were able to help nearly 250 families,
heard many distressing stories, but most of all have made a lot
of new friends. We are still opening on Wednesdays and Fridays
during school term time.
know that many people are still living in caravans and in the
upstairs rooms of their homes, nine months after the flooding
took place. Arranging for the Church to be repaired and
reinstated is taking a similar time, so we have some idea of the
frustration which this causes.
people had a really tough Christmas,
especially for those with children. We organised some special
events over the Christmas period to help – a Christmas meal
for 24 adults at the Priory Inn, Ten-Pin Bowling for 52 people,
and a cinema trip for a further 52. We know that this is only a
small contribution and wish that we could offer a lot of things
to everyone, but we want to do what we can. Our thoughts and
prayers continue to reach out to those going through very
difficult times. Please come and see us if you want to talk or
just want company.