Forest Methodist Circuit
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Winter Soup Kitchen:
Food Rescue and Redistribution at
Leytonstone Methodist Church
Since February 2019 Leytonstone Methodist Church has been hosting Transition Leytonstone's Community Fridge Project. Sacks of bakery and morning goods donated by local branches of Gail's Bakery, Tescos, Salisbury's and Today Bread, are set out on a stall next to the church every Friday/Saturday/Sunday from noon until 3 pm (or earlier, if the food runs out). Anyone and everyone is welcome to take what they need, with help and advice from the knowledgeable volunteers. This is not a food bank, but a waste reduction project, which at the same time helps people access food that they would perhaps struggle to afford. Approximately 60 people use the stall every day: mums, dad with children, toddlers, and babies, churchgoers, cake 'addicts', pensioners, teachers, jobless folk, rough sleepers, and of course least but not least, the charities and churches who cook for them.
To give you an idea of the scale of this operation, on Sunday, March 17th 2019, the stall had received a record 84 kgs (185 lbs) of bakery. All of it went before 3pm, with help from Cann Hall Mosque, the Leytonstone United Free Church, and the Salvation Army, all of which cook for the homeless and/or run night shelters. No further proof needed that we are a strong community and getting stronger all the time!
Project Lead, Community Fridge and Best Before
Good news: a new defibrillator
Rev Hilary Cheng, the Minister of Winchester Road Methodist Church is pleased to announce that the members have recently installed a defibrillator on the external church wall, for the use of the church and the community.
She says that as a church at the centre of the community, it feels as if we are the heartbeat of Highams Park.