BRMC extends partnership with Bognor Foodbank

Press release from BRMC

BRMC extends partnership with Bognor Foodbank

Back in March 2020, as social distancing measures began to come in and we heard that Bognor Foodbank were unable to maintain safety of team and clients at their usual base, we offered them use of our church hall as a distribution point for a few weeks. Recognising how vital the services of the Foodbank are to those who find themselves in crisis, often caused by circumstances entirely out of their control, we knew that the continuance of the services of Bognor Foodbank through the pandemic would be a lifeline for some of the most in need in our community. 

With many of the BRMC congregation and community over 70 or shielding, it has been a privilege that as BRMC we have been able to continue to serve God in our community by making our building avaialble in this way.

We initially thought the arrangements would be for a few weeks, at the time none of us ever anticipated the longevity of the pandemic and the long term impact on society it would have. Over the last months 100s of people in our community have received much needed food that helps them and their families in times of crisis. 

After a period of consolation with BRMC Managing Trustees, we have now formally confirmed with Bognor Foodbank that, should they continue to require it, the BRMC church hall is avaialble to them until the end of January 2021, and this will be reviewed again in the new year. In the midst of the many uncertainties we are living through, this commitment will offer Bognor Foodbank some certain as they begin preparations for a busy and unpredictable Christmas period. Most importantly, it offers certainty of food parcel support for people in crisis in our community.

Rev Dan Balsdon, minister at BRMC, has had a leading role in coordinating this work on behalf of BRMC. “It is a tragedy that Foodbanks are increasingly becoming a lifeline to greater numbers of people in our community and country.  While I long for a day that the services of Foodbanks are no longer in such demand, it has been a privilege on behalf of BRMC to play our part in supporting some of the most in need in our community through the pandemic.”

“The Christian faith is one that challenges us to live lives of ever increasing love for our fellow human beings. Jesus calls us to live in community with one another and work with others to share God’s love, which includes care for the marginalised and those in need. Through our partnering with Bognor Foodbank and the many agencies they work with, we play our part in demonstrating that BRMC cares about our community and the lives of those who live in it.”

BRMC cares about our community and the lives of those who live in it.  

“I have been overjoyed that, despite the many problems and challenges that the pandemic continues to present us with, there has been a growing collaboration between faith, statutory, charity and voluntary organisations. This has been a wonderful symbol of the lifeblood of the Bognor Regis community, with its threads of love and care for one another and our community overcoming those challenges with hope.”


For details of current arrangements for food parcel distribution please visit:

www.bognorregis.foodbank.org.uk

Find their Facebook page: @bognorfoodbank

Or email them: bognorfb@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

In Remembrance and Hope

Sadly due to Lockdown 2.0 this service has been postponed. 
 
In Remembrance and Hope – our annual memorial service.
2020 has been a particularly tough tough year. In this short service we will make space to remember loved ones lost and seek God’s peace and hope in our lives.
 
Opportunity will be included to name those people we wish to remember before God. Names can be submitted to us in advance, even if you will be unable to attend. Please drop us a message.
 
Covid safety will be in place. If you attend this event please wear a face covering unless you are exempt, maintain social distancing and follow the directions of our duty team.
 
 

Ministers Message March 2020 – Lent

Ministers Message: Lent 2020

Published in the Church Gazette March 2020

Dear Friends,

What’s your favourite topping? For me, it’s lemon and sugar, my children love jam, my wife enjoys Nutella. What am I talking about? Pancakes of course.

As Pancake day arrives, for many the frying pans come out, the pancakes are tossed, and the ones that don’t get stuck on the ceiling are eaten.

For Christians, Shrove Tuesday is an important milestone, as it marks the last day before lent. Lent is the period of time where we remember Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness – which will take us to Holy Week when we remember Jesus’ trial, death and resurrection.

For many years Christians have marked lent in various ways. Some people give things up, as a reminder of Jesus fasting in the wilderness.

Some people take things up, perhaps reading a book of the Bible through lent. Either way, lent becomes a time of seeking to live differently.

It’s in this living differently that the true importance of lent comes clear, because as Christians doing something differently during lent is one way of us renewing our commitment to Jesus, of strengthening our faith, and challenging ourselves to live in ways that are more positive for ourselves, the world or others.

So whether you’re going to give something up or take something up, I pray through seeking to live differently this lent you might also experience Jesus differently, find your faith strengthened as live more positively for self, others and the world.

Every blessing as we journey through lent together,

Rev Dan

 

Ministers Message: October 2019

Ministers message, as published in the Church Gazette

October 2019

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Luke 15:1-2, NRSV

Dear Friends,

As I write it’s September 20th and across the globe thousands upon thousands of young people, accompanied by many others who stand with them in solidarity, are taking part in the global climate strike calling for climate action.

The commitment, tenacity and sheer numbers of the young people taking part should be nothing less than a wakeup call to us all as we hear the message they calmly but clearly declare – it is time for climate action.

Their message is one that as Christians I believe we should be actively supporting, encouraging and listening to, as they challenge us and all society, as well as national decision makes, to live in ways that enable the flourishing of the world which God created and declared good.

As I reflect on these events, I’m challenge in three ways. Firstly I feel God convicting me in asking how I am playing my part to truly care for the environment? How much single use plastic did I put out in the rubbish today? How am I using my voice to bring people’s attention to the immediate action that needs to be taken as individuals, and as communities and societies to save ourselves from ourselves?

Secondly, I’m struck by the unwavering boldness and passion these young people demonstrate, and feel God asking me where I find that same unwavering boldness and passion in his church. What fires us up? What issues rally us to unite and stand together?

Thirdly, I’ve been stunned by the arrogance and rudeness people have responded to these young people with – which has been patronising, hurtful and deeply judgmental. It challenges me to be aware that when others challenge our behaviour, practices and activities as individuals or as church, or bring fresh ideas, our response should not be dismissal or arrogance, but one of openness, listening and reflecting and being willing to consider change. Otherwise we end up like those Pharisees and Scribes grumbling about who Jesus was spending his time with, and entirely missing the message.

As church, society, country, and climate, I think in one way or another we stand at a crossroads – and we all have a part to play in the road ahead. So the challenge we’re left with…

How will we respond?

In Christ,
Rev Dan
Tel: 01243 823895
dan.balsdon@methodist.org.uk

 

Exploring Prayer

October 10th
Lectio Divina – Learning to chew on the word of God.

This will be done in a group format, with an increasing level of input in each ‘round’ of reading. Information will also be given about praying alone with lectio.

October 24th
God the Creator – Finding God in all things.
This will consist of imaginative prayer exercises led from the front that enable people to recognise God and prayer in the mundane activities of daily life both outdoors and indoors. Option of sharing at the end.

November 7th
Pain and suffering – Praying with Psalms.
The Psalms contain all human emotions. We will look at some psalms in the context of human pain and suffering, and then do an exercise in writing our own psalm.

November 21st 
The Gift – responding to the gift of life and faith
Fantasy prayer that brings a new dimension to conversing with God, recognising the gift of life and faith, and our response to it. This is a led imaginative exercise, and will end with creative drawing.

December 5th
Ignatian imaginative contemplation – Getting inside the Gospels.
Background will be given to enable people to get themselves inside a Gospel scene during a led contemplation. Time for sharing experiences in prayer at the end of the session.