St Laurence Church - Helping others in the Community 
Update March 2020 - Please remember the Trussell Trust at this time 
 
They need our support more than ever, as demand is likely to increase and donations have fallen significantly. If you have food you want to donate, there is a box in the porch at The Vicarage in Barford Lane, where it can be left. The box is checked regularly.  
 
If you prefer to make a financial donation, please either donate through the Salisbury Foodbank website or put your donation in an envelope and post it through The Vicarage letterbox.  
 
We will ensure that all donations are taken to the Salisbury foodbank. 
The Trussell Trust 
 
One of the charities we regularly support is The Trussell Trust in Salisbury, which works to help local communities to combat poverty and exclusion in the UK and Bulgaria. The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 foodbanks, including one in Salisbury, which provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. 
 
In St Laurence Church we have a regular collection of tinned and dried food which we take to the Trussell Trust on a monthly basis. Items can be brought to church on Sunday morning or to The Vicarage in Barford Lane at other times. A list of suggested items is on The Trussell Trust website and also below. 
 
We also have special collections at Harvest and at Christmas, and occasionally we send a group of volunteers to the Foodbank  
(usually prior to Christmas), to help sort food donations and pack food boxes. 
 
Please contact Judy Gimson for more information or visit The Trussell Trust website  
Well done and thank you! 
 
A big thank you to everyone who has supported, and continues to support, our regular collection for the Trussell Trust Foodbank. We have now collected an amazing 6 TONNES of food since we began in 2006. This amount does not include all the food donated for our special Harvest appeals, which have raised a further tonne over the same period. 
 
The Trussell Trust is very grateful for the support it receives from many local churches including St Laurence. 
St Laurence Church: 
Trussell Trust Christmas Appeal 2019 
 
A huge thank you to everyone for your very generous support for our  
Trussell Trust Christmas Appeal. 
 
Our collection this year was for 50% general items and 50% Christmas treats,  
and it weighed in at a fantastic 
 
129.9kg 
 
The Trussell Trust is very grateful for all our support. 
A TYPICAL FOOD PARCEL INCLUDES: 
 
Breakfast cereals 
Soup 
Pasta 
Rice 
Pasta sauce 
Tinned beans 
Tinned meat 
Tinned vegetables 
Tinned fruit 
Tea or coffee 
Sugar 
Biscuits 
Snacks 
Update January 2020 
The Trussell Trust foodbank is currently  
short of:  
 
RICE (0.5KG & 1KG) 
TINNED HAM 
UHT LONG LIFE MILK 
BARS OF CHOCOLATE 
LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE 
SPONGE PUDDING 
DRIED MILK 
 
Donations of these items to our regular church 
collection would be much appreciated. 
 
Please note, however, that  
The Trussell Trust currently has plenty of  
CEREAL, PASTA, PASTA SAUCE, 
TEA, BAKED BEANS, 
 
Refugees: What can we do? 
 
[Refugee (noun): one who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution] 
 
None of us can have missed the distressing stories of those who are fleeing the violence and chaos of the Middle East. Among the key requirements of our faith is the need to show hospitality and kindness to strangers. The question is, though, what can we actually do? 
 
The Bible tells us ‘Deal with each other justly, do not oppress the refugee, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood. Journey in all the ways I command you, that all may go well with you.’ (Jeremiah 7, 6-7). 
Also we know that Jesus himself was a refugee from Herod in Egypt. 
 
So what can we do? A few suggestions: 
 
Learn: We can learn the facts about why so many people are having to seek refuge and use that to counter myths and falsehoods - https://cityofsanctuary.org/ 
 
Encourage: We can encourage people, especially landlords, to think about how accommodation might be offered. Citizens UK have launched an appeal for homes and more information can be found on the Citizens UK website. 
 
Pray! To help you there are prayers displayed in St Laurence Church. Also Christian Aid has resources for prayer and vigils on their website. 
 
Donate: the British Red Cross is calling for more funds to support affected people in Syria and neighbouring countries. See their Emergency Syria Crisis Appeal page.  
 
For more information, see the Migration and Refugees page on the Salisbury Diocese website 
 
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’  
(Matthew 25:40) 
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