Secretary's report

Dear All,

My introductory report encouraged you to keep in touch with me.

Unfortunately, it omitted my e mail address, so here it is: t.thom@hotmail.co.uk.

Heath Street continues to witness through its regular services and community outreach including the toddler group (which now meets twice weekly) and various musical activities. The core congregation increases steadily, with some of those who attend weekday activities now making regular appearances. As a Contact Club helper, I am particularly pleased that a patron has joined our Community Choir and started attending services. At Pentecost, we were delighted to welcome Jose Mbombo into the universal church through Baptism.

Together with other churches in the area, we are now starting to get involved with a local government scheme to sponsor a refugee family, providing intensive support to help them settle into their new life: there is a particular need for people in the London area who can provide or help to locate suitable rental accommodation, assist the family to negotiate the benefits and education system and provide ongoing support. Learning the language is crucial, so if you have experience teaching English, especially as a foreign language, do get in touch with Ewan. On a practical level, works to improve health and safety and accessibility are progressing and it is hoped that the building will become fully accessible next year, assisted by community funding and a very generous bequest from the estate of our late minister, the Reverend Dr Marie Isaacs.

Inter-church activity flourishes with regular meetings and cooperation over specific projects such as Contact Club and refugee sponsorship. We had a joint fund raising quiz on 13th May, which Heath Street won and which raised £590 for the Camden and City Churches Cold Weather Shelter. We recently had a lovely Summer picnic in the garden of the Unitarian Church on Rosslyn Hill, where members of various denominations shared fellowship.

Love to you all,

Theresa


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