Panels from the East window at Ashwicken.
The parable of the good Samaritan teaches us that we should give to those in need, regardless of whether they are our friends or not. In the parable, Jesus said that a man was traveling to another city. On the road he was attacked by bandits. They stole his clothes and money and beat him, leaving him half dead. A priest came along, saw him, and passed him by. Then a temple attendant walked over, looked at him, and went on. However, a Samaritan, who was despised by the Jews, came along, and when he saw the man he felt compassion. Kneeling beside him, the good Samaritan bandaged his wounds and took him on a donkey to an inn. He paid the innkeeper to take care of the man until he recovered.
Each of us has something to offer to someone in need. We can give our money and our time to charity, be a friend to someone who is sick or lonely, do volunteer work or choose a service-oriented occupation. We should give unselfishly of our time to our spouse, children or parents but also show genuine concern and compassion for everyone in need.
The charities featured on our page, all deserve your help and support. Please support them if you can and tell others.
ONE TO ONE PROJECT, KING'S LYNN
We are a long-established West Norfolk mental health charity - we have been offering free, long-term counselling and mentoring to the community of West Norfolk for over thirty years - and we totally rely on the goodwill of our community and our volunteers to carry out our work. I am working to build up our team of volunteer mentors so that this support can continue. We give full, free training, and also look after our volunteers with supervision, travel expenses and ongoing training opportunities throughout the year.
If you'd like more information about us and our work, please call 01553 770770 or check our web site at http://www.onetooneproject.com/ .
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry, especially at Christmas. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Click here to learn about the lick here to learn about the REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR.
click on the logo to see a short video of the joy these gifts bring.
St Mary's Church in Great Massingham is launching their appeal for Christmas shoeboxes which last year broke their own record. They sent 132 Christmas boxes to the distribution centre at Peterborough which were then sent off to Albania by Samaritan's Purse Partners Worldwide. Yes, That's 132 happy smiling faces on less fortunate children, They will know someone cared as they opened the beautifully decorated boxes and see the gifts so kindly given and that has given us all a warm feeling. Margaret Bowes thanks everyone for their generous donations, last year, including the children and parents from Great Massingham and Harpley C of E Primary schools. Please help us this year to break that record again.
Find an empty medium sized shoebox and wrap box and lid separately. Print the appropriat boy/girl label and the correct age category. Fill your box with a variety of new gifts that will delight any child. Add your £3 shipping donation and take it to the drop off point in Church. (more details on the web site above or contact Margaret.)
This report from Samaritans Purse dated Feb. 1st 2017.
THANK YOU for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child in Central Asia. Your kindness means that one more precious child experienced the joy of opening a very special gift and the hope that comes from knowing that someone, somewhere, cared enough to pack it especially for them. Thanks to the generosity of individuals like you, all over the United Kingdom, 882,647 children, in 17 countries, received a gift to remember!
From your living room table, to your nearest Drop Off Point, off to the warehouse and sent travelling overseas by ship, lorry, camel or plane -- your shoebox has made a very special journey to reach the hands of a delighted child. To find out more about hard-to-reach countries and to be inspired by stories and photos, click here.
West Norfolk Befriending is based in Kings Lynn and aims to reduce social isolation by providing a link to the outside world. We match isolated older people with trained, and CRB checked volunteer befrienders who will visit on a regular basis.
We help clients enhance their quality of life & maintain independence. It reduces isolation and improves their physical and mental wellbeing.
Volunteer Befrienders visit clients in their own homes on a regular basis, whilst working under the guidance of West Norfolk Befriending.
All befrienders are DBS checked, provided with induction training and two references are taken up before any introductions are made. They receive on-going training and support
We recruit our volunteers from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all ages.
There is a great deal more that you can see by clicking on here. http://www.meganschallenge.co.uk/
For more than 70 years, Christian Aid has fought poverty, strengthened the poor, and turned hope into action. It's work is founded on Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity – a practical love and care for our neighbours.
Christian Aid works globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.
You can watch a short video by clicking here or on the logo on the right.
Memory problems? YOU'RE NOT ALONE!
Quite a few people in our villages have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's and no doubt others are worried about the possibility.
Dementia Adventure is locally based and get together every couple of weeks and do lots of different things, but often involving eating and drinking at some point! It's all very informal and people turn up as and when they can.
You could also join a "Chillout Art" group session for carers on Monday mornings. Call Lesley.
This group has received funding from the Carers Agency Partnership on behalf of Norfolk County Council
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