Did you know that Methodist churches are interconnected? Churches are grouped locally to form a ‘Circuit’ and ‘Circuits’ are grouped into ‘Districts’. The ‘Districts’ are all networked together in to the ‘Methodist Connexion’. West Derby Methodist Church is just a small part of a larger community, and we believe that ‘Community’ is central to everything that the Methodist church does.
We strive to be a part of the community at every level, and do this in various ways:
We run various activities that are open to the whole community, not just church members.
“Chosen Charity” – ACE Charity (Africa’s Children in Education)
Each ‘Church Year’ (September – August), the church chooses a charity to support. Our gifts from Harvest and Christmas go towards supporting this charity. This year we are supporting ACE Charity.
Africa’s Children in Education (ACE) believes that all children have the right to education as a route out of poverty. Sadly, this is still not the case for many children in the developing world. ACE is a small charity, registered in the U.K. in 2014.
It evolved from the volunteering work undertaken in Tanzania and Kenya by its founders, Ron and Sue Hayes, where they worked with so many children who had little chance of fulfilling their potential because of the poverty in which they live.e charity’s founders following their retirement.
Since 2014, the charity has worked tirelessly to build Arise Community School in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. There are now seven completed classrooms, and the school is run locally by its own Management Committee and employs local staff.
Having almost completed the building work, the charity has started to work with the school to achieve its eventual self sustainability in the local community. Their long term aim is that ACE should then be able to withdraw. In order to achieve this, they launched a Well Appeal in September 2017.
A feasibility study for a well to be constructed was undertaken in 2016. From this, it appears that the single most important factor in the school becoming self sustaining will be the construction of a well and an irrigation system. The school has land which will be used to grow fruit and vegetables for use by the school, with water and any surplus crops alsobeing sold locally to bring in income.
Their website: ACECharity.uk gives more information on Arise School and on the charity.
Previous charities have included: Woodlands Hospice, The Bread of Life Primary School in Sierra Leone, Adelaide House, The Circuit Community Lunch which is held at Kensington Methodist Church, CH Trust, CHANNEL, Buckets of Love (Blythswood Care), Zoe’s Place, Teams4U, Action for Children, 1toAnother and The Nazareth Trust, where our previous minister spent some time working at the hospital. Click on the logo below to read his news!
We have supported all our charities by purchasing much needed items or donating gifts of money. If you would like us to consider a charity, please contact the church before May of any year. We cannot guarantee your charity will be chosen, but we do promise to give it serious consideration.
“Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.”
We support the work of Foodbank by collecting donations of food, this food is distributed through St Andrew’s Community Network, Roscoe Primary School, Ballantyne Road, Liverpool, L13 9AL on a Friday 10:30am – 2:30pm.
We support the work of Street Pastors in West Derby and Norris Green. Whilst our own church members do not currently go out on the street, we have a small team who support in their role as Prayer Pastors.
World Vision – Sponsor A Child
For many years the church has sponsored children through World Vision.