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Reaching Out

The Yard

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WHAT IS THE YARD?

The Yard is our ministry space on the Ashburton estate in Putney and our base for a range of community-focused initiatives.

WHERE IS IT?

401 - 403 Tildesley Road, Putney, SW15 3BD

Click here to see where The Yard is on a map.

At present, we are still only able to run a limited range of ministries from The Yard, but we are seeing more and more people coming through our doors in increasingly desperate need.

There are still plenty of ways to get involved so that we can be a blessing to those around us.

You can find out more in the sections below.

Growbaby

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Growbaby was pioneered by Peter & Noni Farrelly, who lead the Kingston Vineyard. The aim of Growbaby is to provide good quality, new and second-hand, baby clothes and equipment, completely free of charge, to anyone who needs it, regardless of their income, background, or faith.


We've been talking with Peter & Noni and, again in response to the growing need we're seeing across our local communities will starting the SWLV Growbaby over the coming weeks.

If you have any new or good quality second-hand baby clothes and equipment, or would like to be involved in some way, do contact Kate Woodward (kate@swlv.org.uk).

Given the significant increase in demand Kingston Vineyard have seen over the recent months, Growbaby Kingston is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver items around the Kingston and SW London area. If you have your own car and might be free on the odd Wednesday afternoon, do get in touch with Kate (kate@swlv.org.uk).

You can find out more about Growbaby here: https://www.kingstonvineyard.co.uk/growbaby/

Financial Healthcheck MOT

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We as a church want to offer you a place to talk about money and how you are doing financially at the present moment.

Money can be hard to talk about, but we want to provide a shame-free space where you can be as open as you would like.

Whatever your financial situation we will not judge you, ask you to talk about anything you don’t want to or make you do anything at all. Our sole desire is to be a listening ear and to provide options and advice but only if you want it!

We realise that the COVID crisis has been hard on us all, but for some it has significantly affected income and job security.

The following questionnaire is simply an opportunity to arrange a telephone appointment with someone who is there just for you. To listen and, if you so desire, to offer you some advice on which organisations might be able to help you with whatever challenge it is you are facing with your finances right now.

Anyone is welcome to use this service, no matter your income or financial situation. We would love to be of help to anyone who needs it.

Please click on the link below to complete the form:

Financial MOT

If you would like to know more, have skills you may be able to offer or would like some financial support or help yourself, do get in touch with Charlie (charlie@swlv.org.uk).

Ark, Putney, Academy

School Uniform

Ark

One of the very many challenges faced by those in need during this time has been around the provision of school uniform, shoes & coats.

These items have always been expensive to buy and children often grow out of them before they are worn out.

To assist vulnerable families from the Ark, Putney, Academy SWLV will be supplying a range of school uniform items and shoes etc, in a range of different sizes, in order for the school to set up a School Uniform Shop.

These uniforms, which help students feel an integral part of the school community, will then be made available to those most in need.

If you would like to contribute financially to support this initiative please contact Helen Kite. (helen@swlv.org.uk)

Foodbank

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At present Wandsworth Foodbank remains open but Foodbank deliveries are being made centrally.

If you are in need of a Foodbank Voucher please use the following freephone number:

0800 023 5245

or email:

mail@swlv.org.uk

Myanmar

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In the aftermath of the military coup in Myanmar, we've been in touch with Lisa & Soren, who lead the Yangon Vineyard Church and Eden Ministries to ask them how best we can pray for them and support them all at this time. This was their response:

'We went to bed on Sunday in a land of emerging peace and stabilizing democracy. Then awoke on Monday morning to chaos, hearing the democratically elected leaders had all been taken at 4 am to be detained and have not been seen since. The beautiful Myanmar people are distraught. We have seen so much weeping, distress, fear and hopelessness in the last 48 hours. Parents weeping for the future of their children. University students giving up hope of ever completing their education and the youth of this nation setting social media alight with cries for saving their beloved country. Otherwise there is a strange subdued silence of the people out on the street, a kind of calm before the storm. We have no idea what is going to happen next. The situation is unfolding hourly. New arrests, new coup political leaders and presidents of the country announced. All the journalists, news stations and radio silenced. We know the airport has been closed until May. There may be bloodshed, there may be much more suffering for these warm and wonderful people. We honestly have no words. Just to continue to pray and hope. Jesus is the answer. Thanks so much for your prayers.

So, do join us as we pray for the people of Myanmar and in order to support them as best we can, in addition to prayer, we have sent a financial gift of £3000.00 to the church there to help them through this crisis.

Click on the image to see an update from Soren & Lisa and the Yangon Vineyard.

To give financially to the work of Mercy Outreach in Myanmar and for more information please email: admin@mercyoutreach.dk or email Helen Kite helen@swlv.org.uk

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'I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

Matt 25:36

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