You will have heard that MPs, including the MP for the Isle of Wight, recently voted against continuing free meals for disadvantaged children over half term.
As you are no doubt aware, we have families on this island and, indeed, in our Parish, who are really struggling financially and finding it extremely challenging to make ends meet.
The Ventnor Food bank has seen a massive increase in the number of people needing its help this year, and they were very grateful to our churches for their donations of food and money which we gave as a result of our Harvest Thanksgiving.
This is not an easy time for anyone, in so many ways; and you will know from last week’s pastoral letter, that, in light of the financial challenges we are facing as churches, we thought we would have a Gift Day, with a retiring collection after our Patronal Festival at All Saints on Nov 1st, and after our All Souls’ Requiem at St Alban’s, in order to boost church funds.
However, I believe it is our duty as Christians to do what we can to support the most vulnerable in society, especially families in our parish and, with this in mind, the Churchwardens and I have decided that the retiring collections on 1st and 2nd November will be for the Ventnor Food bank.
Of course, if you would like to give money to the church, that would be lovely(!), but I think our priority needs to be to give money to those who are on the breadline.
There will be a collecting plate at the back of church to receive donations in both churches, which will then be sent to the Food bank.
It will be so lovely to welcome +John Hind to preside and preach for us next week for our Patronal Festival at All Saints’ on Nov 1st at 11am and at St Alban’s for All Souls at 10am.
With my love and prayers,
The image above is by James Tissot (1836-1902) Creative Commons CC0 License