Local Mission Focus...Street Pastors
Tunbridge Wells Street Pastors have been making a significant difference on the streets of Tunbridge Wells for the past 9 years, working in partnership with the local police and the TW Borough Council. This exciting ministry takes the Church out on to the streets in meaningful ways to listen, care and help those who are out on the town on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. Street Pastors provide a quiet and yet dynamic presence on our streets locally and we are need of increased funding to meet our modest annual costs. Please read to see the impact Street Pastors make in our town.
Did you know?
Did you know that from April to September 2018 our Street Pastors:
- Street Pastors are on the National Curriculum for Religious Education GCSE level.
- After Grenfell, Rev Les received a letter from the Ambulance Service thanking him for all the Response and Street Pastors that helped out at that difficult time.
- There have been university studies on street pastors, showing a reduction in crime and the lowering of suicide levels.
- While Street Pastors don’t preach on the streets, they are able to announce the Good News of Jesus in both word and deed.
- Locally, at least 25 Churches are involved in the Street/Prayer Pastor Ministry
Did you know you could be part of the Street Pastor ministry by:
Activities at Burrswood
- Were on the streets of Tunbridge Wells 27 nights
- Gave 664 Volunteer hours
- Called the police 3 times, ambulance services 5 times and CCTV 7 times
- Made contact with 1066 people – what other Church programme engages with that number of people in that amount of time? - the vast majority do not go to Church and do not know any Christians, so Praise God they are able to meet Street Pastors!
- Of those contacts, 57% are male and 43% female.
- 75% are in the 18-25yr old bracket – the missing generation in most of our churches.
- Had faith-based conversations with the vast majority of people on the streets.
Friday 4, 11, 18, 25 January - Find your voice at 2pm - 4pm. A popular singing group for those living with long term conditions.
Unleash your creativity! Join Nikki Szabo for these creative activities:
Wed 16th Jan, 10am - 12pm: £20 - An experimental art workshop exploring creativity through play!
Wed 16th Jan, 2pm-4pm: £20 - Make a variety of shaped paper beads.
Wed 30th Jan, 10am-12pm: £20 - Make your own collection of handmade cards.
Wed 30th Jan, 2pm-4pm: £20 - Make your own beautiful gift tags.
Thursday 17th January 10.00am-4.00pm: Charlie Bell - Creative Writing: Could I be a writer? For people who are drawn to the idea of writing, but haven’t had much previous experience. £55 to include tuition, refreshments, lunch and tea.
Wednesday 23 January: Icon Painting Taster Day - 10am–4pm, £30. A unique opportunity to paint an icon using traditional techniques.
Sunday 27 January: 1.30-4.00pm - Charlie Bell Curiousities. £15 per session to include refreshments. Join Charlie Bell for some light-hearted discussion and creative writing about objects he will bring in from his cabinet of curiosities.
Also on the following dates: 24 Mar, 12 May, 16 June, 29 Sep & 17 Nov
For all of the above, call Reservations on 01892 865988 to find out more or to book your place. www.burrswood.org.uk
Feedback from ‘Understanding our Generation’ Event
Over 220 people representing 35 churches turned out to a special event entitled ‘Understanding This Generation’ which took place at Christ Church in Tunbridge Wells, Kent last month. Organised by the Christian charity Fegans, the event was designed to provide churches with practical information on children’s mental health, and to show how they can effectively partner with charities and professionals to transform the lives of vulnerable young people in their own communities. Fegans CEO, Ian Soars, said: “The rising tide of children’s poor mental health can - and should - be pushed back. Early intervention saves lives. The massive turnout to our event demonstrated that there is a real willingness for churches to step up and do just that." Videos of the talks and interviews with the speakers can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/user38936283
To find out how your Church could partner with Fegans to provide much-needed professional children’s counselling and parent support services in your community, please contact Jo Wild on 01892 538 288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support
Alzheimer’s Society offer the following services in the West Kent area:
Information and support for carers and people with dementia
Carers’ Group: first Wednesday of the month in Southborough, 11am-1pm.
Social opportunity open to everyone affected by dementia:
The Ark, Gallards Close, Southborough, 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 2-4pm
Angel Centre, Tonbridge, 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 2-4pm
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm
Peer Support Groups
Support groups for people in the early stages of dementia
Southborough, 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 12 noon -3pm
West Malling, 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 11am-2pm
Otford, 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 10am-1pm.
For people with dementia, at our day centre locations
Pembury, Tunbridge Wells: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am–3.30pm
Town Lock, Tonbridge: Monday and Wednesday 9.30am–3.30pm
Dairy Court, Loose, Maidstone: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am–3.30pm
A visiting service supporting people with dementia in their own homes
across the West Kent area, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
If you wish to attend one of these groups, receive an outreach visit
or if you would like more information, please contact:
Alzheimer’s Society Kent and Medway, Suite 2, Paddock Wood Business Centre, 1-7 Commercial Road, Kent TN12 6YT
Tel: 01892 835498 Email: email@example.com
Groups for people under 65 affected by dementia, contact 01622 747181
24 Hour Kent Dementia Helpline: Freephone 0800 500 3014
Alzheimer’s Society Helpline: 0300 222 1122 alzheimers.org.uk
Are you looking for print resources for your Church activities? Check out this website that specialises in providing the Church with useful print resources at: https://good.direct Great creativity and excellent value from a local source. Highly recommended!
Trustee Required for Fegans
Fegans exists to bring hope to the lives of children, families and communities across the UK. We do this by providing qualified counselling for children and support, intervention and training for parents. Working holistically and in partnership, our aim is to transform this nation one child at a time.
We are currently looking for a Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to use their financial skills and experience to help us to reach more families. We are ideally looking for a candidate with an accountancy qualification and experience of charity accounts. We ask our trustees for commitment to the organisation, independent judgment, a willingness to speak their mind and an understanding of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship. Due to the strategic position of this role there is a requirement that the post holder is a Christian. The Board of Trustees meets 5 times per year, with most of the meetings held in Central London. In addition, we encourage our Trustees to have regular contact with our operational centres.
For more information and application forms, please go to www.fegans.org.uk/jobs
Street Teams need male volunteers on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights. They meet from 8.30pm to 10pm latest at the Town Hall yard car park. If anyone is interested please ring 07958 653814.
Friday 1 February: Faith, Hope and Action in a Changing Climate: 6.30-8.30pm at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim. Join Dr Ruth Valerio, environmentalist, theologian and Global Advocacy & Influencing Director at TEAR Fund, and the Rt Hon Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for an evening exploring a Christian Response to Climate change. For more information or to book your free ticket, visit www.bit.ly/TWclimate
Saturday 2 February: TW Youth for Christ Barn Dance - this will be a fun evening, full of dancing and laughter and all for a good cause – to support the fantastic work of Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ. It takes place at Bidborough Village Hall, 7-10pm. Adults £20, Children £10 and includes food. There will be a cash bar. Tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tunbridgewells.yfc.co.uk
Mon 25 February–Sun 10 March: Fairtrade Fortnight.
Friday 1 March 2019: Women’s World Day of Prayer - 10am at the Salvation Army. More details next month, but please save the date and time.
Wednesday 10–Friday 12 April 2019: The NOISE youth social action project. More information in the February CfTW News.