St. Bartholomew’s Kirby Muxloe
The Mustard Seed Appeal provides funds for debt advice services through the church that all too often are being cut in this age of austerity. Debt advice, help with budgeting and information about affordable loans and opportunities to save is transforming lives. The appeal helps fund the Just Finance Foundation which also challenges unfair practices of exploitative high cost lenders and the ‘poverty premium’ by which poor households pay more than the rest of us for essential goods and services. .As we justifiably thank God for all his good gifts at harvest time, it’s good also to support the practical help being given both through the Mustard Seed Appeal and indeed Braunstone Foodshare, who are receiving the donations that have been brought to church week by week since the summer. Thank you for all your support! Tom
Dear Everyone, We celebrated Harvest on October 1st in a special all age service at 10.30 am. At the same time we will have the chance to contribute to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal. Justin Welby has from the beginning of his role focussed on the large sections of our communities with money issues. We learn that 2 people in 5 have less than £100 in savings. We learn that 8 million are struggling with debt and We learn that 83 % do not get the advice and support they need. The Money Advice Service recently listed Leicester as having the 9th highest levels of problem debt in England and Wales at 21% of the population, slightly above Hackney, E London. The Bible stories that celebrate harvest at the same time encourage a just distribution of the world’s resources, and consideration for those who have least. Jesus told the story of a man faced with the problem of surplus food who is judged by God for building bigger barns to store the surplus rather than use it as an opportunity for generosity (Luke 12:16-21).