We haven't had to appeal for food for some time, but we now have critically low stocks of the following items at the Basics Bank central store:
Tinned carrots, sweetcorn, potatoes
Tinned rice pudding/custard
Spreads e.g. jam, marmite, sandwich spread
We appreciate that many of you already have regular food collections at your churches and we would be really grateful if you could let your church members know that we urgently need more of the items listed above. If you don't have a regular donation point, now would be a super time to hold a one off collection to boost our stocks and help us through to harvest time.
We're happy for donated food to be dropped off at the warehouse, or at the food banks when they're open. You can also get in touch if you need us to collect donated food and we will do our best to arrange this around the normal van schedule.
Thank you for partnering with us to serve those in need in Southampton.
SCM Basics Bank Manager
Training for Learning and Serving (TLS)
A new and exciting opportunity to learn and grow in Christian discipleship is to be launched throughout the United Reformed Church in 2018. In preparation there will be a phase by phase process in which TLS winds down some of what it offers and new transitional opportunities will come into place. The first stage in this process will be that this year (i.e. for the academic year beginning in September 2016) TLS will not enrol any new course members on the Foundation Course.
One year “Gateway” courses on worship, pastoral care, prayer, evangelism, and developing community experiences will continue and will start as usual in September 2016, with a closing date for applications of 31 May. The Prospectus http://www.urc.org.uk/discipleship/education-and-learning/training-for-learning-and-serving.html provides information about these courses and how to go about enrolling on them. Please take a look and see if there is something there for you. TLS Local Introductory Training Experiences (LITE) offers short courses for local use at any time and can be purchased through United Reformed Church Publications http://urcshop.co.uk/training/tls-lite-publications