The Parish of Bengeo

A family, together in faith with God our Father

Social outreach

In Bengeo we want the local church to be closer to the heart of the community. It’s only when we draw near to people that they can see what God’s love and Good News are about.

We want to see our church more deeply involved in the life of the parish we’re called to serve in a way that’s understandable and relevant to the people that live here.

Right now, we’re reaching out to our parish by talking and praying together about issues in Bengeo, listening and learning from the people we know and new people we meet, and discerning carefully what God wants us to do.

For us, social outreach means taking seriously the words of Jesus when he said ‘As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ (John 20:21). That means looking to the interests of others, and serving them as God would have us serve.

Join us in this work and you’ll be helping us build a strong community in the Parish of Bengeo. Help us grow together through social outreach and make life better, God’s way.

Our Charities

Each year we make special efforts to support three charities – a local charity, a national charity and a charity doing international work.

It’s important for us to get involved with each charity, inviting speakers to talk to us about their work, remaining informed of their plans and the difference they’re making, supporting them with our prayers and with our money.

The Parish of Bengeo has a long-term connection with The Children’s Society, a cause that has been important to people in Holy Trinity Church for many years. We support The Children’s Society at regular events throughout the year – coffee mornings and parish socials – as well as a special Children’s Society Christingle Service held on Advent Sunday, an annual highlight. Click here to go to The Children’s Society website and learn more about their work.

In former years our interest in the work of local charities has helped us focus on the kind of support our church can offer when we work alongside fellow organisations committed to serving the local community in and around Bengeo. Our relationship with Vale House Stabilisation Services, a rehabilitation project for those struggling with drug and alcohol dependency has been especially valuable to us – a privileged insight into some life-transforming work in the heart of Bengeo Parish.

Our interest in national and international charities extends our vision to Christian social action around the country and around the world. In recent years hundreds of pounds and hundreds of prayers have been offered for a wide variety of good causes: The Mothers’ Union, The British Red Cross, The Church Army, Biblelands, The Mission to Seafarers, Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice, The Amos Trust and The Wi’iam Conflict resolution Centre.

Check out the websites of our charity partners for this year:

UNICEF

Helping children worldwide to receive the support, education and health care they need

Family Life Programme run by The Mothers’ Union

Building strong communities and empowering individuals in Uganda

Herts. Convalescent Trust (website in development)

Providing convalescence when time is priceless, but a break is unaffordable

HertFest

Hertfest is the result of several local Christian churches across Hertford coming together to serve its community as a practical demonstration of God’s love.

During the summer for the past two years, Baptists, Methodists, and people from the Church of England and evangelical churches in Hertford and the surrounding areas have come together for various social outreach projects. Activities have included litter picking, gardening and a village hall makeover as well as holding entertaining evenings such as film nights, tea dances and club nights for their neighbours in the community.

To get involved in Hertfest or to find out more, ask the Vicar who will be able to put you in touch with a Hertfest representative.

Transport for Bengeo – Fish Scheme

The Bengeo Fish Scheme aims to provide a service especially for the elderly, the housebound and generally anyone who needs some urgent help. We can offer transport to GPs, other appointments in Hertford, local hospitals and to church services. We can collect prescriptions and shopping. There is no set charge for journeys but a donation towards the cost of petrol is always welcome.

We only have a small band of volunteer drivers and so would always like to hear from anyone else who could offer their time. For further details please contact Libby Shillito on 01992 583979.

26-April-2013
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