Younger and older members from local Methodist churches took part in a Fun Run round Evesham’s Crown Meadow on Saturday, September 17th to raise funds for ‘Restore’. ‘Restore’ is a project of Birmingham Churches to support refugees and asylum seekers in the UK who need advice and assistance on adjusting to life in the UK. Several hundred pounds were raised and the money is still coming in.
The Restore project offers befriending and social activities for refugees and also helps equip them for work. It assists in raising awareness of their needs in the West Midlands, and also offers prayer for them and their families, some of whom are still in war zones.
In August 2016, the Stratford and Evesham Methodist Circuit hosted a group of nearly forty refugees and supporters from Birmingham in Stratford, where they had lunch at the church, were given a free visit to the Butterfly Farm and had a boat trip on the river. The group, which was of different faiths, much appreciated the churches’ hospitality.
Rev'd Dr Israel Selvanayagam, Evesham’s new Methodist minister who has arrived from India in September 2016, said he was delighted to find the church’s young people engaged in such positive activity, and looks forward to similar events in the future.
Rev’d David Haslam