During 2017, with the support of our work by our members , many from the church congregations of the Abbey and St Lawrence plus friends, we have been able to donate:
Bibles for baptisms in the Abbey Church – £403.49
All children are given a Candle Bible suitable for their age.
In the Diocese
English for Women – £165.00
MU has taken over this project which began in November 2015 when volunteers at Chelmsford Cathedral started an Afghan language group which has developed into an international drop-in centre where women from over 40 nationalities have been welcomed, speaking 24 different languages. As a language drop in centre rather than a structured English class, we offer conversational teaching in small groups so our learners can work on their speaking skills and grow in confidence, improve their writing, sometimes even start writing for the first time in their lives. Part of integration is being able to make sense of the culture we live in and not about expecting everybody to become the same, but about giving them the opportunity to join in and understand what we do here in the UK and why. We may talk about popular TV programmes, bank holidays, typical English customs, values and basic rights. Our volunteers are as important as the women who attend and we’re open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in term time.
AFIA – £54.00
Enabling those in need, to have a day out or a short holiday. Days out for groups of children and/or families and holidays for families. Leaflets are on our board in the Abbey Church.
MU Overseas Fund – £100.00
MU members work alongside regional staff to enable development of all kinds; relational, personal and economic. In many areas of the world poverty is one of the biggest issues facing communities, and MU projects train people in new skills enabling them to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
MU Relief Fund – £100.00
Provides emergency financial help for communities affected by natural disaster or by conflict. MU is well placed within communities to quickly obtain food, materials and medicines for immediate distribution where most needed. MU groups also continue to regularly visit affected families, in their homes or in refugee camps, and work with families on slightly longer-term programmes.
Thank you to everyone who supported our work during the year.