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Purpose Fulfilled: Foodbank

Purpose Fulfilled: Bognor Foodbank returns to Argyle Hall

The pictures below show a before and a, now empty, after in BMRC hall. In June, Bognor Foodbank moved back to their centre on Argyle Road and so what has been a bustling, bag filled hall now looks very empty.

After a time of generous hospitality to Bognor Foodbank (which has ended up for much longer that any of us imagined) BRMC declare purpose fulfilled, celebrating all that has been achieved, fruitful and completed.  

“The hospitality the people of BRMC have offered to Bognor Foodbank is evidence of their commitment to living faithfully as Christian people, a faith which 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 have played a small part in demonstrating that Christians care about our community and the lives of those who live in it.”

Rev Dan Balsdon, minister at BRMC

Bognor Foodbank have written to BRMC to express thanks to all at BRMC. Read the full letter by clicking this link : Thank you BRMC. 

“Having the Church Hall space has been an incredible blessing, and has ensured the continued distribution of food parcels to so many people in our community who have been in crisis during the pandemic. Thank you for responding so immediately and continually to the need. We are so grateful for offering the space, and how flexible you continued to be as we all navigated the various twists, turns and delays experienced as the government have looked to ease or amend restrictions.”

Hannah, Bognor Foodbank Project Manager 

While operating from the hall at BRMC, Bognor Foodbank have distributed food to 4976 people in our community, including 1803 children under 16. We continue to encourage all in church and community to support the work of Bognor Foodbank who seek to both offer emergency food parcels and support people out of crisis, and as part of the Trussell Trust network lobby local and national government on issues of poverty and injustice in our society. 

Find out more and support the ongoing work of Bognor Foodbank:
Bognor Regis Foodbank | Helping Local People in Crisis
The Trussell Trust – Stop UK Hunger
 

Ministers Message: Church Gazette February 2019

Ministers Message: Church Gazette February 2019

Dear Friends,

I wonder if any of you have ever watched ˜Who do you think you are”? As celebrities explore their ancestry, there are often new and interesting discoveries about ancestors history.

Our history, our past, plays a significant part in our identity. Our past can shape us and affect the sort of people we are, and seek to be. So if I was to ask that question of Bognor Regis Methodist Church, how would you answer? “Who do you, Bognor Regis Methodist Church, think you are?”

Identity is important to us. As individuals it defines us, shapes us and impacts the choices we make in life. As a church, our identity is equally important.

On March 3rd, as part of our Sunday morning worship, we’re going to spend some time reflecting together as a community on our identity and vision. We won’t be making an decisions on the day, but in conversation with each other, we will seek to celebrate what has been and look to what could be, all the while seeking God’s will and way for us as Christian community in Bognor Regis.

We’ll begin by thinking about our past:

  • What has God been doing among us in our history?
  • What brought you to BRMC?
  • What is our church’s story?
  • Where have we come from? How have we got here?

We’ll then think about the present:

  • What is God doing among us now?
  • Who are we?
  • What do we value about BRMC?
  • What is our present identity?

And finally, we’ll look to the future:

  • Where is God leading us?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for BRMC?
  • What can each of us offer to the life and ministry of the church?
  • What opportunities are there for deepening, developing and growing the mission and ministry of BRMC?

We hope many of you will be able to be there to share in our reflecting and sharing together. If for any reason you can’t be there, please do take opportunity, if you can, to share some of your thoughts with us. You can write them down and email or post them to me, or we could arrange to meet.

Do begin thinking about those questions and perhaps even talk about it to each other now, in readiness for the time we’ll spend together on 3rd March. More details about how the day will happen will come in the next few weeks. I hope and pray you’ll be able to join us.  

In Christ, Rev Dan