St Laurence Church - Helping others in the Community 
Refugees: What can we do? 
 
[Refugee (noun): one who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution] 
 
None of us can have missed the distressing stories of those who are fleeing the violence and chaos of the Middle East. Among the key requirements of our faith is the need to show hospitality and kindness to strangers. The question is, though, what can we actually do? 
 
The Bible tells us ‘Deal with each other justly, do not oppress the refugee, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood. Journey in all the ways I command you, that all may go well with you.’ (Jeremiah 7, 6-7). 
Also we know that Jesus himself was a refugee from Herod in Egypt. 
 
So what can we do? A few suggestions: 
 
Learn: We can learn the facts about why so many people are having to seek refuge and use that to counter myths and falsehoods - https://cityofsanctuary.org/ 
 
Encourage: We can encourage people, especially landlords, to think about how accommodation might be offered. Citizens UK have launched an appeal for homes and more information can be found on the Citizens UK website. 
 
Pray! To help you there are prayers displayed in St Laurence Church. Also Christian Aid has resources for prayer and vigils on their website. 
 
Donate: the British Red Cross is calling for more funds to support affected people in Syria and neighbouring countries. See their Emergency Syria Crisis Appeal page.  
 
For more information, see the Migration and Refugees page on the Salisbury Diocese website 
 
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’  
(Matthew 25:40) 
Open the Book 
OPEN THE BOOK is a programme of acted and themed Bible stories which take place regularly in our Church School – Downton Primary School in Gravel Close.  
St Laurence’s Church has a dedicated Open the Book Team which visit and deliver the stories in the afternoon Worship in the school. 
 
The team of volunteer storytellers came together in March 2013 after they had attended an Introductory Training session at the Salisbury Diocesan Centre at Wilton. Now after many memorable Open the Book sessions, the Team have developed their roles by using drama, mime, props, costume - even the children and staff themselves - to present Bible stories in ways that are lively, engaging, informative ... and great fun for everyone involved! 
 
Another ‘Open the Book’ storyteller is Rev Ron Hart who visits the school on other days in the month and often involves the children in his stories. 
 
The school staff and children thoroughly enjoy the visits from the Open the Book Team who often get recognised out and about in the Village by the children. 
 
For more information please go to: www.openthebook.net 
The Trussell Trust 
 
One of the charities we regularly support is The Trussell Trust in Salisbury, which works to help local communities to combat poverty and exclusion in the UK and Bulgaria. The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 foodbanks, including one in Salisbury, which provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. 
 
In St Laurence Church we have a regular collection of tinned and dried food which we take to the Trussell Trust on a monthly basis. Items can be brought to church on Sunday morning or to The Vicarage in Barford Lane at other times. A list of suggested items is on The Trussell Trust website and also below. 
 
We also have special collections at Harvest and at Christmas, and occasionally we send a group of volunteers to the Foodbank  
(usually prior to Christmas), to help sort food donations and pack food boxes. 
 
Please contact Judy Gimson for more information or visit The Trussell Trust website  
A TYPICAL FOOD PARCEL INCLUDES: 
 
Breakfast cereals 
Soup 
Pasta 
Rice 
Pasta sauce 
Tinned beans 
Tinned meat 
Tinned vegetables 
Tinned fruit 
Tea or coffee 
Biscuits 
Snacks 
Update January 2017 
 
The Trussell Trust foodbank is currently  
running very low on  
 
TINNED MEAT 
LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE 
DRIED MILK 
LONG LIFE UHT MILK 
STEAMED PUDDING 
DRIED POTATO MASH 
BARS OF CHOCOLATE 
 
Donations of these items to our regular church 
collection would be much appreciated. 
 
Please note, however, that  
The Trussell Trust  
currently has plenty of  
cereal, pasta, tea and tinned fish. 
St Laurence family helping at the Trussell Trust - Christmas 2016 
 
St Laurence Church: Trussell Trust Christmas Appeal 2016 
 
 
A huge  
thank you  
to everyone for your very generous support for our Trussell Trust Christmas Appeal. 
 
Our collection of special Christmas items weighed in at 47.8kg and included lots of savoury and sweet biscuits and snacks, children’s chocolate selections, Christmas puddings and cakes, and tins of ham. 
 
Thank you also to the group of volunteers who spent an evening at the warehouse in Salisbury. We packed a total of 50 family food boxes, which will have provided 25 families in crisis with food for three days. 
 
The Trussell Trust is very grateful for all our support. 
HARVEST 2016 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who donated food or money at the Harvest Festival service on 2nd October. Due to your generosity we were able to deliver 66.9kg of food and £134 in cash to the Foodbank, in addition to our regular monthly collection. 
Well done and thank you! 
 
A big thank you to everyone who has supported, and continues to support, our regular collection for the Trussell Trust Foodbank. We have now collected an amazing 4 TONNES of food since we began in 2006. This amount does not include all the food collected at special times of the year such as Harvest and Christmas. 
 
The Trussell Trust is very grateful for the support it receives from many local churches, and St Laurence Church is consistently one of the top three church donors. 
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