St Luke's Church
20 Neilston Road, Paisley Renfrewshire PA2 6LN

CHARITY NO. SC000558       Within the Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley

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MISSION

The OUTREACH GROUP serves as an umbrella  for various mission activities :
     
          The aims of the Outreach Group are:
         1a. To find ways of taking the Christian message outwith our church building
           b. To publicise special services and events
          2.  To encourage members and supporters to become more involved in the work of the church
          3.  To demonstrate Christianity through action

          Means of publicity employed thus far include our website, large, eye-catching, Christian banners on our
          building and more detailed information in our noticecase at the gate.
                                              
          In Autumn 2014 we successfully ran a Christianity Explored Course. The Bible Study Group meets 
          fortnightly on a Tuesday morning.
        
          Church members have been involved in staffing our Thirsty Thursday Cafe and have knitted small
          garments for the neo-natal Unit at Paisley Maternity Hospital. They have also supported the work of the
          Foodbank.
          Our fund-raising efforts support the work of the following charities:
          Out of Africa into Malta
          Malawi Elderly Care
          Macmillan Cancer Support

          We do all this under three separate headings, Local, National and International.

                                                                                       LOCAL

                                                                         THE THIRSTY THURSDAY CAFE

This is served by the Thirsty Thursday Drop-In Caf, which we hope will serve the local community as a
gathering place for friendly chat and an opportunity to make new friends.

              On the first Thursday of every month we have a sale of homebaking. The proceeds of this go to various,
              usually local, charities, eg. Glasgow City Mission or one of the cancer charities.
Thursdays 2:30pm - 4pm.tea / coffee,  biscuits 1

        

FOODBANK

We have become a collection point for our local Food Bank.

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NATIONAL


Many national charities are supported and led by the various organisations of the church. Please see ORGANISATIONS for details.




INTERNATIONAL

St Luke's has in the past supported many international charities, such as Christian Aid, Farm Africa, Blythswood, Amazon River Project, Mary's Meals, Mission Aviation Fellowship , Elderly Care Malawi and Medical Bags for Malawi.
Recently, the congregation raised 400 for the relief of flood victims in Malawi.
The Wednesday Break raises money for Mary's Meals
Mr. Alan Morris is St. Luke's Mission Aviation Fellowship Representative (Go to MAF page for details).

Much more information on these projects can be found on either ORGANISATIONS or NEWS and EVENTS

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For more information go to:    http://www.maltamicrofinance.com
We referred in an earlier article to the fact that a marriage was to be allowed to go ahead.
Here's the wedding!

Last Christmas at St Andrew's
Teaching  English in the Church Hall
Adopting a Granny
Fridges for the migrants
The empty Crypt in April 2013
      And one year later, Malta International
      Centre getting ready for business
       Two former refugees being
       ordained as Elders
          
                            
MARY'S MEALS

The Wednesday Break organises the collection for Mary's Meals from both the Break and the Congregation.

At Christmas 2013, the Wednesday Break and some members of the congregation sent 200.00 to Mary's meals.

We believe that this is one of the most worthwhile charities there is. Only a tiny percentage of the income goes on administration. The rest goes straight to the children in need, mostly on the African continent.

If there is a Mary's Meals Shop near you, enquire within and find out more about the work they do, or go to www.marysmeals.org

                                                                      
Flooded villages, a swollen river (once a stream) and  destroyed toilet block
Inside Mulanje Mission Hospital
                                           OUT OF AFRICA....INTO MALTA

Over the last few years, St. Luke's has supported the work of St.Andrew's Scots Kirk in Valletta, Malta, in their work with the refugees who have been washed ashore from sinking boats travelling north from Libya.
They have come in their tens of thousands, and because Malta is a sovereign nation, there is nowhere else for them to go. Malta itself is only about seventeen miles by nine and already had a population approaching 400,000.
St. Andrew's has provided a centre for many refugees helping to clothe and feed them, hold English classes for them, providing utensils and equipment and above all have introduced a banking system called Malta Microfinance. This allows interest free loans to enable a down payment to be made on a flat. The loan is repaid and can then be passed on to the next applicant. It seems to work very well.
The church cleared out its crypt to make a centre for the refugees and this is pictured below.
Two of the refugees have been ordained elders and there has also been a wedding in the church!
St. Luke's sends 500.00 twice per year towards this work.
STREET PASTORS

The following article by Zara Buddy, one of our members, concerns her experiences as a Street Pastor in Paisley. Her motivation for this, comes ,not from our Outreach Group, but from her association with Hopehall. We are nevertheless delighted to "own" her, and have her inspire us! Thank you, Zara.

New article to be added

                                                 MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP

MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP. 

The MAF initiative  'EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY' is being utilised more and more and an event is planned more or less every month across Scotland, from DEESIDE to KINROSS. My first visit to the MAF UK HQ in Folkestone took place and found out that  some 40plus staff work on all aspects of managing the charity. I spent two days there getting to know them and met Stuart King, one of the founder members and their C/EXEC Ruth Whittaker.

MAF is currently seeking professionals from a CHRISTIAN background in the areas of engineering, pilots and management. A pilot, for example, has to have either a minimum of 500 hours or 1000 hours experience, depending on location,( some terrains are more difficult than others and many areas do not have complete radar coverage!!).

On signing up to work with MAF a pilot  can take up to 9 months to become retrained and  accredited by MAF and the local Aviation Authority in the country of work. Four year contracts  are the standard with many personnel seeking a further 4 year extension.

More information is available direct from their website.

http://www.maf-uk.org/scotland

Staff going out to work abroad are expected to raise funds to support their mission on the basis of something like a 50/50 split of their living etc costs with MAF. MAF has a support team to aid them in fundraising.

More exciting things are planned especially for 2014 and the COMMONWEALTH GAMES period in GLASGOW.



Initially on the 7th  JUNE there will be an attempt to beat the WORLD RECORD for the number of ZIP WIRE participants over a 24 hour period racing down some 200metres of line over a drop height of about 50 metres, so it'll be quite fast!.

MAF Big Picture 2014 is a fantastic opportunity to become a World Record holder and help raise funds for MAF's work in the Commonwealth.

MAF's  friends at the Abernethy Trust will be setting up a huge zip wire, and MAF is looking forward to an amazing event involving people of all ages.
The Big Picture will be taking place in the grounds of Hamilton College on Saturday 7 June 2014.
MAF asks, will you be one of the 1,000 people who will take the zip slide challenge across Hamilton Racecourse and down to the  landing site on the college playing fields?

Will you help to create the MAF Big Picture - a stunning artwork which will tell the story of the work MAF does in many Commonwealth countries?
Will you come along with your friends  and be part of MAF Big Picture 2014?

The maximum number of entrants will be 1000 and entries beyond that number will be held on a reserve list - so book quickly! You will need to pay a non-returnable registration fee of 10 and raise a minimum in sponsorship of 25 to take part in the challenge.

  To get involved in this exciting event please register today at

   http://www.mafbigpicture.org

If you seek a quieter and more relaxed way to support MAF, you could maybe consider a BAKE OFF TO TAKE OFF event.


Bake off to take off

MAF has been going baking crazy here at their HQ . They've  made biscuits, cakes, tarts and scones, and you can too when you request your free Bake Off to Take Off pack. By holding a coffee morning on our behalf you will help us continue reaching isolated people and flying for life.

Their  fantastic fundraising pack is crammed full of great ideas as well as just a few tasty recipes from Supporters and Overseas staff. They'll also send you balloons, stickers, posters, invites and an MAF DVD to help get your event off to a flying start.

CURRENT NEWS
A serious humanitarian situation has  in Southern Sudan over the past 6 weeks, you may have heard, read or seen News items on the conflict. MAF has reluctantly withdrawn its planes and staff to a secure base in Kenya whilst the situation remains tense and armed conflict flares up between different militias. MAF seeks your prayers to support the South Sudanese people and its operations in the area .

More information on MAF and its work and news is available direct from their website or if you do not have a computer or internet access you can receive their quarterly newsletter and Scottish special reports by signing up as a MAF supporter by  giving me your name and details.

http://www.maf-uk.org/scotland


A serious humanitarian situation has  in Southern Sudan over the past 6 weeks, you may have heard, read or seen News items on the conflict. MAF has reluctantly withdrawn its planes and staff to a secure base in Kenya whilst the situation remains tense and armed conflict flares up between different militias. MAF seeks your prayers to support the South Sudanese people and its operations in the area .

More information on MAF and its work and news is available direct from their website or if you do not have a computer or internet access you can receive their quarterly newsletter and Scottish special reports by signing up as a MAF supporter by  giving me your name and details.

http://www.maf-uk.org/scotland



ALAN MORRIS MAF AREA REP.
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