Going Out 

We can all play our part in looking outwards, even at this time when lots of us are having to stay inside.
Here are some suggestions as to how you might be able to help others who are vulnerable or in need.
1. Stay in contact with people you know.  Commit to regularly phoning your friends and neighbours.
2. Support Bristol North West Foodbank
3. Volunteer through ‘Bristol Noise’
4. Keep praying! 

Bristol NW foodbank
The Bristol North West Foodbank needs URGENT HELP in the following ways:
Volunteers on 25th and 26th March, 10am-4pm to sort food and pack emergency food parcels.
Boxes to use to pack the food parcels – these can be dropped off at the Social Justice Hub in Avonmouth.
Volunteers who would be willing to take home deliveries – doorstop drops to those who are in poverty and self-isolating (people in need are already being referred) and it is suspected that the need for this will increase significantly.
Volunteers able to drive the van to collect food as stocks are running low. 
Donations of food made at drop off points in supermarkets.
Financial gifts  https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/bristolnwfoodbank 
Please email office@bristolnwfoodbank.org.uk if you can volunteer.
One of our church members who volunteered recently said:
It was great to see the Foodbank in operation today. They've packed a lot of boxes, but still lots to go. There's a fabulous atmosphere there and all help appreciated. It's really great to feel that everything that you put in a box is going to be a huge support to someone in need somewhere.
The noise

As time goes on people living locally are likely to need increasing amounts of practical help.  You may feel able to sign up as a volunteer who can offer kindness and help to others in due course.
The Noise Team writes:
We are working closely with the Council and other agencies at a city level to shape up a strategic, collaborative approach to responding to need at this time.  We’re currently in communication with partners to agree on how best volunteers can be put to use, and we will contact you when we opportunities become available.

Sign up here to volunteer:
Prayer for a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying the bills.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.  Amen.

Office Staff, 20/03/2020