15 June 2019 –
A cream tea – scones, jam and cream, and bottomless cups of tea or coffee – in support of Action for Children will be held at our church from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Tickets £5.00 are available from Jean Hall and Gwyneth Kirby.
Action for Children This year we are celebrating 150 years of this wonderful organisation, formerly the National Children’s Home.
The work was begun in London in 1869 by a Methodist minister, Rev Dr Thomas Bowman Stephenson, to give a place of safety, a home, food and love to orphan boys.
It quickly became very obvious that this was the tip of the iceberg. National Children’s Home began opening homes all over the country, providing a safe environment for orphaned or displaced children.
The homes eventually took in girls as well. Up until the 1960s they were separate boys’ and girls’ homes, which were replaced with “family” units.
The Methodists have a strong tradition of supporting this charity. Indeed the Methodist diaconal order began with women who gave their lives to God and to the children, and who became known as “sisters”.
Today the organisation is still there for families, working to support them in difficult times, short and long-term fostering – mother and father units, working and supporting families.