2015/05

The ministers met on Wednesday 13 May 2015 at St Francis de Sales with Duncan Macpherson chairing. Also present were Lesley Bilinda, Vicci Davidson, Pat Felstead, Steve Jenkins, Krzysztof Olejnik, Gareth Wardell, Derek Winterburn, and Paul Danon (minuting). Apologies for absence had been received from Ann Peterken, Jenny Snashall and Peter Vanozzi. The minutes from the March ministers' meeting were considered and approved.

Some 800 hot cross buns had been offered to passengers at Hampton (600) and Fulwell (200) stations during holy week, with the Hampton surplus of 100 being given to a grateful Linden Hall. Many people had welcomed the buns, some declined for dietary reasons, and there were also some conscientious objectors. How many buns are taken depends on whether schools are in session. Maybe next year we shall offer just 700 buns. Paul would put this outreach on the agenda for ministers' meetings later this year and early next year. Election-hustings had been well-attended.

More than 100 food-bank vouchers had been issued in Fulwell, Hampton north and Hampton wards and there was consequently a possible need for a food-bank outlet in our part of the borough, maybe at the White House. The prime mover for this is Mr Bob Kimmerling of the Vineyard community and he would be invited to the next ministers' meeting. Hampton Methodists were running Baby Basics which had provided some 100 baskets of supplies to young mothers.

Richmond health department had sent a speaker to the previous month's forum and she (Jane Bailey) had described the borough's project on loneliness. Some 1,000 people were seriously vulnerable in this way. Mention was made of the Partnership with Older People (POPS) in Fulham (and elsewhere), as well as the Methodists' home-outreach. Clerical dress can be an obstacle to some types of outreach. Steve would ask Age UK if there was a Richmond elderly forum. Paul had been unsuccessfully asking the council for literature about the project and for case-histories where churches had helped the elderly get in touch with services which could help them; he would persist in doing so.

Duncan's seat on SACRE still needed to be filled. Gareth had a well-qualified and experienced candidate in mind, and Duncan would send Gareth details of when the council met. Dr Trevor Adams was booked to address a forum on 22 September at All Saints', speaking about making churches dementia-friendly. For the 15 November AGM at St Mary's, Duncan had in mind an eastern-rite Catholic priest who was an ecumenical canon of an Anglican cathedral (there appear to be two) in Toronto, Canada.

Our group will organise carol-singing in Hampton Hill high street on the evening of Friday 27 November. Churches could hand out leaflets listing Christmas services. Vicci can bring a music band. We could use the Bethlehem carol-sheets from Embrace the Middle East. Steve may be able to provide the necessary 60 sheets; we would also need copies with musical notation.

Groove Academy had contacted at least some of the ministers about their so-called big gig in Hampton on 10 to 12 July. The organisation aims to build community through musical performance. Its website is somewhat out of date and Paul will point this out to them; Paul can also provide members with a PDF poster describing the July events.

CTaH could ask the congregations of its member-churches what they would like the organisation to do.

Duncan had recently led a paschaltide pilgimage to the holy land which included worship and/or meetings with Anglican, Coptic, evangelical, Greek Orthodox, Latin Catholic, Melkite and Syrian Orthodox Christians, as well as an ecumenical stations of the cross. Duncan agreed to explore leading an ecumenical pilgrimage from Hampton to the holy land, with an outline price of some £750. Vicci would provide Paul with details of her congregation's Extra Mile charity which follows on from Baby Basics.

As minuted above, Bob Kimmerling would be asked to the next ministers' meeting, the best date for which would be the morning of Wednesday 10 June. Paul will see if he can attend then. The Baptists may be able to accommodate such a meeting, though Pat Felstead also kindly offered to host.
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