A THANK YOU FROM KATIE BUSHELL
On sunday 23rd March Katie joined us in St Thomas' and shared with us the work she is involved in with orphan boys in Malawi.
Thank you so much for inviting me to speak and for the lovely warm welcome I received last Sunday in church. It was a real pleasure to share with you my experiences and charity work in Malawi. I wa incredibly touched by the warmth and kindness of the congrigation and really appreciated people taking the time to come and talk to me after the service. I would also like to say a huge thank you for the very generous donation that were given, over £100 was donated - this was a real surprise. I have also received a cheque in the post from a member of the congrigation. The money will make a huge difference to the children in all aspects of their life. Could you please pass on my thanks to everybody.
I will keep you updated on the progress of the children and the charity.
Love Katie Bushell"
Katie is visiting Malawi over Easter, and we hope she will be able to write an aricle for catalyst when she returns.
A letter from Ed Potter - India
Hello All at Parkgate St. Thomas',
> I arrived in India on the 7th January after a great and very spiritual experience in Uganda where we eventually bought a sewing machine for Mission of Hope Uganda street children charity, costing £120 which they were very grateful for. India was a challenge in the first few days as we destructed the leaking roof of a house and cleared the ruins of another, with plans to fix 5 different houses in the small village over the 4 weeks we were there. There were only three of us to begin with, the 59 year old Irish builder and missionary Graham went straight to work, with us mainly supplying him with cement, organising tools and hitting in a few nails here and there, laying a few bricks and stones. The other was a very nice 52 year old lady from South Africa, with mainly experience in cooking for people and charities back home. After 3 days of work Graham left the country, to continue with his charity work, and make preparations for the beginning of Tanzania, leaving Heather and I with the challenge of finishing the houses with little building knowledge and few skilled labourers around which we found hard. However tragically the next day our hosts sister and family came to see our work the next day and meet us in the village, and their 17 year old boy Samuel was killed in an accident involving a car rolling without its handbrake, so we left 3 days later after the funeral to give the family time and space to mourn. Despite the sadness and shock of such an incident it has drawn me closer to God, and I believe that this was his purpose in it. So now I am travelling India for the remaining time, trying to be the best witness I can amongst other backpackers, and I will return to Tanzania on the 17th February when I hope to start a project in building a biogas digester. God bless you all.
Location: School Lane, Parkgate, Cheshire CH64 6SR
Known locally as Mostyn Square
St. Thomas’ Church, situated in Parkgate and sometimes affectionately known as the ‘Fisherman’s Church’, was, until recently closed for 16 years to undergo a programme of refurbishment. Following a vigorous fundraising campaign by various groups in the community of Parkgate, restoration of the deemed unsafe building was paid for and completed between 2002 and 2009, and the Grade 11 listed building was eventually reopened by the Bishop of Chester on 4th July 2010.
Originally built as a congregational Chapel in 1843, later becoming a Presbyterian Church it was purchased for the Church of England in 1917. Unlike its sister church, St Michael’s it is a ‘Chapel of Ease’ and solely the responsibility of the Vicar of Neston and does not come under the jurisdiction of the Parochial Church Council.
The interior of the church is very adaptable and, as a result, can be used as a community resource by way of a centre for village life. This is strongly encouraged by the Church and especially by the supporting group who originally raised the money and led the refurbishment. This group is also the basis for a very strong and growing congregation. The exterior of the church is still subject to redevelopment and upgrading.
Lettings for Functions, Classes, Meetings etc Contact: Val Johnson 336 7838