The Dublin Food Bankbased in Tallaght(under the auspices of Crosscare) is in desperate need of food supplies to help struggling families over the coming months. To help them out a box will be placed in the church front and rear porches after all services for donations of food such as pasta, rice, cooking sauces, tinned meat/fish, sugar and tea, together with things like tooth brushes, tooth paste, nappies, soap and washing powder will be gratefully received. A member of the congregation is willing to bring donations directly to the food bank to help those in urgent need. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.
~ IN MEMORIAM ~
Guido served our congregation from the start of his association with Christ Church Rathgar - as a Committee member and Session Elder, recently Emeritus. He and his late wife Annagh were universally popular and active members of our community and we shall be the poorer for his passing.
Given the government ruling on attendance at funerals (family only), we will be unable to mark and remember him in the traditional way but condolences may be left here. Donations welcomed to the Peter McVerry Trust.
Distribution of food aid to the children on the hostels of Vyara and Valsad, in South East Gujarat (mid June, 2020):
The children in the hostels come from the Dangs, a ‘tribal’ area about 50 x 35 Km, 20 x 30 miles in old currency, say the size of the Wicklow Mountains. It is hilly, about 1000 metres, and forested, jungly. The towns are outside the area, Vyara to the North and Valsad to the southwest. To collect the rations of grains and pulses people will have walked, or cycled if they are rich enough too have a bike. A long way to go to collect your porridge oats. Consider Ireland 100 years ago without donkeys.
Virtual Retiring Collection for Gujarati Hostel children in lockdown:
We are delighted to announce that the Virtual Retiring Collection after Palm Sunday's Communion Service raised a tremendous sum, well over the target of €750. This is marvellously encouraging and our warmest thanks and congratulations are due to you all for contributing so generously to ensuring that the Gujarati hostel children remain well fed! Apart we may be, but the Holy Spirit of community fellowship remains with us to enable us to work together for the Glory of God - to make God's living and loving presence a reality in this world. Thanks be to God! We remember all those adversely affected by Covid 19 in our prayers!
Retiring Collection funds sent to Gujarat: €750 from the Virtual Retiring Collection has been sent to Raymond Samuel of SISU to provide sustenance during lockdown to the Gujarati children looked after in CNI Hostels.
Late on 27th April I received a further email from Raymond Samuel of SISU -
"This support will be a real blessing for the children at this time, because their parents cannot go to work anywhere due to lock down and restrictions to migration work beyond one's own district. They can work in their small fields ,if they have land, after the monsoon rains which start in June and can cultivate only in January or so, May the good Lord bless your congregation for all that you do to bless the less privileged children in our care."
N.B. 72% of the children have landless families, and none have more than 5 acres of land to grow crops on.
Gujarat Girls Leading Worship in CNI Church
Gujarat Hostel Kids Picnic
Prayers in a time of Pandemic (24th March 2020):
Robin Simmons writes: I received a reply to an enquiry about the young people in the hostels at Vyara and Valsad which CCR supports, passing on our prayerful concerns.
This is an edited version of the reply from Raymond Samuel of SISU who administers this and other schemes. He lives in Madurai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, in South East India. Gujarat is in the North West. Please hold continually in your hearts and prayers the safety and welfare of the hostel children, their families and all those involved in their care, and in the churches of Valsad and Vyara.
"Dear Brother Robin,
Greetings in our Master’s precious name. Your letter has come as a great source of encouragement in this difficult situationthat is shaking the world.
We had to close suddenly the Bethel Hostels in Valsad and Vyara even before most students could write their school final exams. Schools and colleges and even government offices and private firms have been asked to close this week. Students will be promoted without final exams up to IXth standard. College students are yet to write their exams and are awaiting instructions.
The children and their families will be affected badly without proper earnings or livelihood support in this calamity. Normally the tribal folks migrate to work as manual labourers elsewhere until the rains come in late June. The government has not yet come out with any relief measures for communities in poverty. The civil supplies given - wheat, dal(pulses) and rice - in rations are not fully reliable.
Please uphold the situation in your prayers. We only pray and hope that the epidemic spread is checked and the governments (state and central) work together with relief measures for poor people. We will let you know of developments after Easter.
In spite of illnesss this spring, by God’s grace I was able to visit Gujarat and spend a week with staff for audit review and planning, and talk to senior children about their further studies. I met CNI (Church of North India) leaders in Valsad to encourage them and discuss the CNI/SISU child care program development. They have given positive assurance to raise their support for the program, but are struggling to meet from offerings the cost of hiring their church meeting hall. But amazingly God has provided for the food needs and clothing for the children from independent local donors, especially during the Christmas season.
So thankful to you and the Congregation for their kind aid, and for your offer to buy us a smart phone for our official work to enable us to communicate better. We would love to meet your church member any time, and could even go to Chennai (formerly Madras) to meet him.
We are still working with staff co-operation and commitment in spite of the fear with faith in God for our safety.
With many regards, and daily prayers for your health and ministry, thanking you again,
In His service,
Could you pledge a monthly sum to help support this project? If you can, please fill in the section below and place it in the offering plate.
If you would like to make a regular contribution to this excellent cause please contact Randal Gray, the Congregation's Hon. Treasurer.
1) Make an online payment to the CCR bank account marking it Gujarat and including your FWO number if you have one, to:
AIB Bank BIC: AIBKIE2D IBAN: IE94 AIBK 931225 05581090
2) Send a cheque to the Hon. Treasurer at Christ Church Rathgar, Rathgar Road, Dublin 6, D06 CF63.
Vyara Ebenezer Children's Home is run by the Society for Integrated Social Uplift, a Christian organization for the advancement of "Tribal" Indians from the Dangs region in South Gujarat. A letter from the Ebenezer Home explains the project as follows:
"The parents of these children are living in remote villages of mountain forests. They do cultivation in the monsoon only and get a poor harvest which is sufficient for four months only. As there are no job opportunities in these villages after harvest, these parents migrate to neighbouring districts for sugar cutting and other work. They wander in search of work for eight months with their families. The children are vulnerable and suffer without proper food and care. Their education and health are greatly affected in this wandering period. Seeing their pitiable condition the Children's Home admitted sixteen girls, with the help of local missionaries. Here they get asylum with proper food and education and are growing in physical, spiritual and educational aspects."
The girls at the SISU Vyara Hostel
Girls in the Ebenezer Children's Home, ten of whom are supported by CCR
My name is Logan, I am a lively, happy little three and half years old warrior. I was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour that had been silently growing.
In the beginning of June, my mum and dad noticed that I struggled with my balance and my head tilted which alerted them to go to the hospital and get me checked out. I spent a few days in Crumlin Hospital where my cheeky smile helped me to win the hearts of the medical staff. I had an MRI scan that confirmed I had a brain tumour. I then had to make my way to Temple Street Hospital and a few days later I went through a 7-hour surgery where the doctors were able to remove the tumour. The surgery was very risky and difficult but thankfully successful. A few days later my biopsy results confirmed the tumour was indeed malignant. I am now on a journey to try and make sure this tumour does not come back….
The type of tumour that I had is called Anaplastic Ependymoma (grade 3). My recovery depends on many factors, including how healthy I am in general, the success of my surgery and how well I will react to my upcoming treatment. My mum and dad and everybody else are hoping for the best outcome of course.
Once we get a date from the hospital (asap), my parents and I will travel to Germany for 9 weeks (maybe more) where I will undergo protons radiotherapy. This treatment is not available in Ireland unfortunately. We are hoping we can fly soon. Thankfully, most of the cost of the treatment will be covered by the HSE. My mum and dad are forever grateful for that.
Understandably, there will still be some expenses that will need to be covered by my parents. They both will be out of work for a prolonged period of time. We don’t know yet how well my body will react to radiotherapy , what will be the side effects or what other treatment and care I may need in future. I will need to be monitored and have regular scans for the next 10 years.
Many of my parents' friends and relatives have provided us with great support so far and we are very grateful and thankful for this.
My mum and dad’s close friends have set up this fundraising page to help get our little family through this tough time. Every donation is so much appreciated, it will go towards my wellbeing and to help my mum and dad do their best to get me through this difficult journey.
[Sheena Ward is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Ariane Gray]
Cross Care Food Bank:
Thanks for all your generous support for the work of the Jobstown Foodbank. In these difficult times the food bank is providing a vital service, all sorts of social distancing measures are being taken to ensure it stays open to support families in financial difficulty in these challenging times. The foodbank focuses on the basics so can I again appeal to you to donate the basics e.g. tea bags, coffee, washing powder. I help out at the Foodbank so I can assure you personally that any donations you can make will be gratefully received and used to directly help those in real need. With the church buildings in lockdown, I would be happy to collect any donations and can do from your driveway to ensure social distancing via contactless collection. Please contact me on 087 2421890 if you have basics you can donate to the Foodbank and my thanks to Rev Campbell, the Session and all at Christ Church for your fabulous support through these unprecedented times.
All donations will be greatly appreciated...further information here.
Meals on Wheels:
All well we are delivering about 75 dinners and have linked into Rathgar & Terenure networks if we are getting referrals. Also using Local GAA that is attached to Supervalu in Rathgar for shopping. We have also had contact from Alone and are supplying 4 dinners from Aldi on a Tuesday to 2 ladies. Lots of good will out there and the panic of a few weeks ago has settled down as we learn to live in our new world. Family well and we are still talking!!
Suzanne Ryan (086) 361 1527 and Eleanor Kennedy (086) 815 8131
"I have spent a lifetime researching and writing about the intersection of spirituality, politics and human well-being, and been published in edited collections and journals. My involvement in the art and practice of meditation is the culmination of many strands of life and work. In this world of diversity and constant change, I believe that regular meditation has the capacity to make us more fully aware of the creative power that resides within us. The more we understand our inner being, the more readily we will treat others with compassion. I have set up this site (https://pathway-meditation.com) in response to global anxiety in the face of Covid-19. The pandemic currently poses very real challenges to mental health and well-being. My intention is to provide ancient and contemporary cultural and religious resources which might strengthen us as individuals and in communities."
Dr. Celia Grace Kenny
Home from Home Initiative:
Ohna McCaughey and John Lesson attended a meeting in Rathgar Methodist Church recently in support of a project to settle a refugee family in the area. The Home from Home initiative, guided by the Red Cross, seeks to settle and welcome a displaced family in the local community.
The Dublin 6 group is one of six in the greater Dublin area. So far €23,000 has been raised and another €2,000 is needed to reach the current target. At the meeting the Steering Committee, (an enthusiastic and impressive group of volunteers), announced that they had rented a premises. They are asking supporters to donate furnishings and equipment. It is possible to get an up to date list of what is needed by emailing email@example.com. Zion Church Hall will be open from noon on Sunday 24th Nov to receive items.
The meeting was delighted to hear that a Syrian family of four has been assigned to Dublin 6 by the Red Cross and the Family will be arriving on 11 December.
Are you on CCR's WhatsApp group contact list? If not, just ask Louise (087 242 1890) to add you to stay in touch with what's happening. Feedback and suggestions always welcome!
Home from Home D6 to benefit from Retiring Collection at CCR 12th January 2020
Home from Home D6 will be the beneficiaries of the retiring collection after CCR's Quarterly Communion, Sunday 12 January. In December this local group welcomed a Syrian refugee family of parents and two young boys. The project is sponsored by the churches and synagogue of the Rathgar and Terenure Fellowship, The Salvation Army are the main church managers involved as they have international experience of this sort of venture. They are assisted by a committee of Rathgar volunteers. You may have heard two of the committee present the scheme at last month's Festival of Carols in CCR.
Their slogan is - It takes a community to resettle a family and a family to make a community. You can follow the progress of this family and find out how to assist personally from the Home from Home D6 facebook page. This url will bring you to a short newspaper article about the venture.
Although the first financial target has been met here will undoubtedly be further need aver the two years of the scheme, and we hope you will be a position to support the family most generously on Sunday.
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