Social Justice Work
Methodists have always challenged injustice, and been a support network for those experiencing injustices. Our church is no different, and we aim to challenge and help end injustice in many different ways across our circuit. There is no doubt that costs have risen substantially recently, though this isn't necessarily in line with income increasing. Here are just some of the things our churches do to support those who may be struggling.
Here at Central we house a CAP Debt Centre. CAP, which stands for Christians Against Poverty, works with churches to help those living with poverty and debt. CAP works with their clients to create a plan of action so that they can hopefully see a future free of debt and poverty. Statistics show that the cost of heating an average Cornish home is around 20% higher than homes in England, and the average asking rent in May 2022 was £1090 a month, a 31% increase from May 2019 (£829). This along with other factors makes Cornwall a hard place to keep up with when it comes to costs of living. Click here to see more statistics in Cornwall. To visit the CAP website, click here.
Every Monday and Wednesday evening at 5pm, we offer a two course, free hot meal to anyone who would like one at Central Methodist Church Helston. The meals are cooked by our dedicated team of volunteers. Community meals are also a great place to meet and chat with new people, and we have people from all walks of life who come in. There is no need to book, just turn up!
Central Methodist Church Helston works with local supermarkets to help stop food waste, and volunteers collect food that is no longer able to be sold that we can then offer to the community. There are usually boxes outside Central where you can help yourself to bread. We also work with the local foodbank to issue vouchers to those who need them, and have an emergency food store where people can get essentials if necessary.
Central Methodist Church Helston has washing and drying facilities for those who may not easily have access to them. It is free to use. Visiting times can vary throughout the week due to staff presence, but it is best to speak to our Benevolence Officer Liz Pascoe on 07396 726149 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange use. We also have a clothes bank where you can find everything from t-shirts to socks. Our clothes bank is free for anybody to use. We accept donation to our clothes bank regularly. Please contact Liz Pascoe on the details above.
Central Methodist Church Helston has shower for those who may not easily have access to them. It is free to use. Visiting times can vary throughout the week due to staff presence, but it is best to speak to our Benevolence Officer Liz Pascoe on 07396 726149 or email@example.com to arrange use.
Baby & Children Giveaway
Twice a year Central Methodist Church organises a baby and children's giveaway. People from the community donate an abundance of toys, clothes, and children's supplies to us, and we then lay it out for people to come in and help themselves. These events are extremely popular and are very helpful to parents and caregivers. The date for the next giveaway will be announced soon!
Every Wednesday Crowlas Church have a coffee morning 9.30am - 11am. Every second Wednesday it is for a charity. On Thursday's during the half term holidays they supply a brunch for families. There is also a number of activities and usually a soft play. The dates for 2024 are February 15th, March 11th and April 30th from 10am - 12pm.
At Goldsithney Methodist Church collections are taken for Penzance Food Bank. This is run by Churches Around Penzance. They also do Christmas Gifts for Children which in 2023 year went to WCWAID.
Leedstown Chapel acts as a collection point for warm clothes for the St Petroc's Society, and items for the Camborne, Pool and Redruth Foodbank.
At Mullion Chapel on Thursday mornings there is a coffee morning with clothes for sale for £1. If anyone needed a free hot drink or some spare clothes during this time, it would be willingly offered. There is also a food bank on Friday mornings.
UMC ST KEVERNE
At UMC St Keverne you will find a collection box for supplies for the foodbank.
To find out more about our community work, please contact the office on 01326 561140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more about social justice in Cornwall by clicking here. For tips and guides on how to save money and energy along with other helpful resources, click here.