Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
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Monthly Prayer MeetingsThese will all now be held every second Wednesday of the month at St Aldhelm’ Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW from 10.30-11.30am.
The next meeting will be at St. Aldhelm’s Church Centre on Wednesday 11th September. Please come and be updated on finance, the Debt Centre, the Job Club and CAP Money and support this ministry.
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An open letter to the churches
Dear Church Leaders and members of the congregation,
If you were at the recent CAP Witness Service you will have heard first hand of all the exciting developments taking place within CAP Weymouth & Portland. The Lord is indeed blessing the work. We now have three debt coaches who have seen just short of 90 clients over the last 12 months. The youth money management course has been delivered to over 300 students at Kingston Maurward and plans are in place to deliver it to Budmouth 6th form students in the autumn. The Job Club has been totally revamped to make it much more accessible and already 4 clients are working their way to employment. Finally, the new Fresh Start course to help people deal with addictions has already been trialled and the second course will be held in October.
CAP(W&P) is almost unique in that it is not based in one church – rather it is managed by Refresh which incorporates all the churches in W&P. This arrangement has it pros and cons. If all the churches bear the responsibility for prayerful, personal and financial support then the load is shared. However, it can be easy to think, “We will let others take responsibility – it is not our problem”, and then it slips off our radar. In practice there are ten churches in the borough which regularly support the work of CAP and we are really grateful for their ongoing support.
Many of you will know that both CAP and Refresh are supported by the Communities Fund of the National Lottery, and by the Methodist Church nationally, to the tune of £55,000 per year for five years. One of the conditions of these grants is that we have to raise £15,000 per year to cover expenses. As the work has expanded, as a result of the outworking of these grants, so have the expenses and we now need closer to £20,000 pa to be given locally to support the work. Last year the giving was £15,000 but this year the projected amount is much closer to £10,000.
Therefore, we are appealing to churches who are not already supporting the work of CAP(W&P) to ask if they can consider including it in their mission budget. We are also asking individuals to consider making a regular monthly gift (which can be gift aided) to support this amazing work locally. There must be over 1,000 regular church attenders in Weymouth & Portland but only 4 of them give directly to the work here. If 50 decided to give £10 per month we would receive an income of £6,000 + gift aid. How amazing would that be? (Bank details: Sort Code 405240, Acc No. 00024505)
We also need your prayerful support and you are very welcome to attend the CAP Prayer Meetings which are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at St. Aldhelm’s Church Centre at 10.30am.
And . . . . . . if you would like to volunteer to help people in need by offering to befriend them, cook for them, visit them, do gardening or DIY or any other skills you can offer, then please get in touch with either Sally Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Claire Atkin (email@example.com) – our CAP workers.
Every blessing as we seek to prosper the Lord’s work here in Weymouth & Portland.
Signed, N. Hardisty
Neil Hardisty – Hon Treasurer of Refresh and chair of CAP on behalf of the Trustees.