First anniversary thanksgiving service and birthday party, Nov 2013

Major Steve opens the thanksgiving service

  The service was opened by Major Steve Watson with a prayer and hymns, followed by readings:-

Matthew 25: 31-46 read by Rev Beth McDowell, representing CTE (Christians Together in Exmouth)

James 2: 14-26 read by Helen Burgess from The Open Door Centre, representing agencies that support The Larder.

A brief report on the first year by Anthony Bernard

An address by Major Ian Harris, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army

Closing prayers led by Rev Robert Jennings, representing our supporting donor churches, followed by cutting the 1st birthday cake and fellowship.

The congregation

Then the King will say to the people on his right,
"Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me."

The righteous will then answer him, "When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?"

The King will reply, "I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!"

Rev Beth MacDowell reads the first lesson

Click for the full text (Matt 25: 31-46)


Helen Burgess of Open Door reads the second lesson

  My friends, what good is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it?   Can that faith save you? Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don't have enough to eat. What good is there in your saying to them, "God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!" - if you don't give them the necessities of life? So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.

Click for the full text (James 2: 14-26)

      Click here for the full text of the report

The Larder opened just one year ago we have given out over 700 packages, providing about 15,000 meals, all from food and donations given by many churches, a mixture of community groups, businesses and fund raisers and private individuals.

Some of us thought we knew what we were doing, but only one person really knew.

Praise the Lord in this Service of Thanksgiving that there was a detailed plan which unfolded as we discovered it!


Anthony Bernard gives a report on the first year of The Larder

Slide of all the agencies sending clients

We give provisions to people in a Food Emergency, referred by an agency who can also help the client address the underlying crisis.

We do not counsel clients, but do discuss their needs so that we can signpost them to the most relevant agency. For example, clients referred by Child Centres or an NHS department may have an underlying crisis dealing with welfare claims, finding a job or overwhelming debts.

 Clients have been referred to us by 30 different agencies, the Open Door Centre, EDDC revenue and benefits department, the Citizens Advice Bureau, many agencies of the NHS and others.

The slides show agencies and summarise the proportion of vouchers from each category over the whole year. Slide of all the agencies sending clients

Some of our volunteers who were at the Service   Volunteers at the Service with Exmouth Deputy Mayor and
Major Ian Harris, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army

  Our volunteers come from 13 different churches plus 6 other groups. Throughout this first year we have been blessed by the right people coming along just as we have needed them. A few people left us because they didn't like periods of inactivity or wanted us to expand what we do; we should be grateful to them as they did help us to define how we work today.

Thank You to the Exmouth Journal who have given us publicity and most importantly reprinted news of The Larder in the Exmouth Herald which goes out free throughout the town and surrounding area.
Our clients are ordinary people of all age groups who are suffering from bad decisions, bad luck or usually some combination of both. No-one should feel embarrassed to be a client of The Larder; embarrassment is reserved for those back on their feet who fail to put something back ..... or maybe those of us who are on our feet and happy not to need support!! This evening's readings are sufficiently clear!

Food comes from a wide variety of churches and donors. The list on the screen shows churches and schools over the whole area. Most importantly it also shows companies and organisations with no church affiliation, so we are growing into a true community venture - Thank You to the Deputy Mayor for being here this evening to symbolise this and all those with no church affiliation.
  Community Larder donors
In the last couple of months we have opened a distribution centre in Budleigh Salterton, served from Exmouth because there is not enough need in Budleigh to justify a separate volunteer sorting team.

Budleigh Salterton does lack a counselling or support service to match The Open Door Centre or CAB which people can drop into - so if anyone knows suitably qualified people in Budleigh who might volunteer a couple of hours a week .......

Our other recent extension is being able to offer small cash top-ups for gas or electricity on recommendation from agencies - the cash for this coming from EDDC. As winter comes on, this may be increasingly important.

So, THANK YOU ALL for your support, donors, volunteers, agencies and everyone helping us to connect those of us who are reasonably comfortable with those of our neighbours who are hitting hard times.

With Christmas in sight, let us remember that the Great God, whom we are here to praise and serve, trumpeted the most important news He would ever tell mankind to a raggedy collection of rough sleeping outcasts minding sheep on the hillside above Bethlehem ........

  Address by Major Ian Harris
Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army

In his message Divisional Commander, Major Ian Harris, reminded the congregation that when we are distributing food we also need to give people the love of Jesus.

He also commented that the need will always be with us, and reminded us that what matters is our service of God, without regard to position, denomination or style of worship.

Major Ian Harris, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army makes his address


Rev Robert Jennings leads prayers to conclude the service

Rev Robert Jennings, on behalf of the many supporting churches, led us in prayer to conclude the service before Major Steve and the Deputy Mayor cut the first birthday cake.

PS .... A paper plate of sandwiches turned up later with a rough sleeper; the work goes on even after the party!!


Deputy Mayor and Major Steve cut the 1st birthday cake

The Exmouth Larder now (from Nov 2014) opens regularly from 1-3pm on Fridays and 2-4 pm on Mondays
. . . . (or Tuesday when Monday is a Bank Holiday).

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