Mission & Outreach
We consider outreach, mission and giving to the community both near and far to be a very important part of our church life.
These are some of our regular mission and community activities.
Return to Rwanda
Rwanda is a small landlocked African country, the size of Wales. In 1994, it suffered an horrific genocide in which about 800 000 of its population of 8 million were brutally massacred in 100 days.
Every two years since January 2013, about ten people from the Glaven Valley Benefice have spent two weeks in Rwanda. They engaged actively with local people and projects within the Anglican Communion. On their visits they took aid and resources including water filters to provide safe drinking water. They were involved in many projects, including the provision of water filters, building houses for genocide widows, training Sunday school teachers, children’s activities, feeding programmes, work with disabled people, Mothers’ Union, schools, clinics and micro-finance projects.
They also provided help to Congolese pastors who came over the border to visit them. Congo is unsafe but in great need. Most importantly, they spent time getting alongside the communities, sharing their stories and showing love, compassion and understanding. These have been life-changing experiences for them and for the team, allowing them genuinely to get to know Rwandan people at a personal level.
The substantial funds needed for all of this came from generous donations from this local community. In 2019 they went under the auspices of Life in Abundance International (www.lifeinabundance.org) whose primary aim is to work through all local churches, to empower people to become self-supporting and proactive in their communities. We continue to support this charity.
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The Benefice collaborates each year with Pastor Joan and Les from The Upper Room Christian Fellowship in Great Yarmouth in their shoebox scheme. Members of our churches fill over 80 shoeboxes with Christmas goodies and then beautifully wrap them. They are then loaded into containers and shipped to struggling families in places like Sierra Leone, India, and Moldavia by The International Aid Trust, a charity, based in Chorley www.internationalaidtrust.org.uk
When you send a shoe box you are sending more than just a box full of useful and fun gifts; it’s personal, a gift just for the person receiving it, a message of hope and love, that reflects the love of Jesus.
The Great Blakeney Breakfast
The monthly breakfast, on the first Wednesday of every month, from 8am-11.30am at Blakeney Church, is a hugely popular community event and was famously attended by Justin Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury a few years ago. Children and their parents pop in before school followed by those who prefer a slightly later brunch, to enjoy a feast of cereal, home-made porridge, croissants, scrambled egg on toast, egg and bacon, fruit juice and fresh fruit and of course our great bacon rolls. It’s a great place to bring friends and to make new ones. There is no charge but donations are welcome.
Let’s Do Lunch
Our popular ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ is held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month between 12 and 2pm in Blakeney Church. For all the local community – and beyond! Residents and visitors make this a regular visit to enjoy a tasty feast of homemade soup and rolls in the winter and summer salads always followed by delicious home-made desserts. Most importantly it’s a great place to have time to chat and meet new friends. There is no charge but donations are welcome.