Here is your opportunity to help those in greater need than we might be. We are asking people to “Slash their Stash” and give some of your preparedness supplies to Anglicare to distribute to those in greater need. For this purpose we are running a collection of items up until Thursday April 16th. See below for drop-off and pickup details.

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What was the challenge given last Sunday?

Here is the key text from Matthew 25. 

35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Bruce Stanley shared, “Imagine God has given you a car (or a motorbike if you are lucky). What are you going to do with it? Are you going to park it in the garage and do nothing with it? We all have been given something to do God’s work here on earth.” This is just like the servants in the parable, who were entrusted with bags of gold to manage. Bruce encouraged us, “We all have a way to serve God at a time like this, what an opportunity we have to share the love and care of God.”

But what can we do, when we are socially isolating and can’t get the car out of the garage? 

Addressing the needs of others

St Philips has been a long term supporter of Anglicare and their Food Assistance program. This program collects food for those who are finding it difficult to pay for food, providing them immediate practical assistance through the Mobile Community Pantry and Emergency Food Assistance. 

Sue King, the manager of advocacy and research for Anglicare Sydney, says the organisation’s crisis team was activated more than a month ago, but in particular food for emergency relief is posing a major problem.

“Basically, we get supplied by churches and Foodbank but both of those services have dried up. Foodbank gets supplies from supermarkets, food that’s close to its use-by date, but things have been selling out, so Foodbank has actually got no food. As of Monday next week (March 30) we won’t be providing food parcels to our normal food clients.”

“If people are able to give anything there, we really do need some staple things like pasta and tinned vegetables – food that we would normally provide.”

We have spoken directly with the Anglicare Warehouse and they are in need of appropriate grocery and household items which they can distribute during this increased time of need in communities. 

What can we do this coming week?

As our normal Anglicare food collection is not running, remember that orange mesh basket hanging in the Church foyer, we are going to hold a special collection drive. Up until Thursday the 16th of April we will collect items to then take to the Anglicare Warehouse. We are encouraging people to give up some of those precious items from your pantry for those with greater need and who are at increased risk at this time.

This may be a great opportunity for families to serve together. As a family, collect the items in a bag, discussing what people might need and how they might use it. Then take a small road trip and drop them off together. A great way to model to our children practical ways of caring for others in this time.

What items are needed?

Just like in normal times the needs are for basic items that are generally used by everyone, which are long lasting. That means this is not time to get rid of that exotic bottle of apple cider vinegar you purchased three years ago and can now finally get rid of. If you are going to “Slash your Stash”, go through the items you have put aside just in case, and consider, do I need three bags of rice, or can I give one bag to someone in need.

The categories of items which are needed cover UHT Milk, Breakfast Food, Pasta/Rice, Quick Meals, Tinned Food, Toiletries, Women’s Needs, Nappies, Baby Needs and Household items. In our call with the warehouse, they have particular demand at the moment for household items, so common cleaning products and toilet paper would be welcomed. 

Note, all items must be in good condition and not out of date. Use your Stash, not your trash!

What is the collection process?

As the Church is closed, we need to do something different to collect items over the next week. You have the option of either Drop-off or Pickup, both of which allow you to socially distance. Once collected the items will be taken all together to the Anglicare Warehouse at Villawood.

Drop-off

The best option is Drop-off. You can drop off at any time at Chris and Clare Stretton’s house, which is at 13a Eric St, Eastwood. If you walk down their long driveway and turn left once through the gate, you will notice their car port to the left of the garage. Here you will see the drop of point. Please place your items neatly in the Anglicare receptacle. You do not need to ring ahead, ring the doorbell or  knock on the door. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and don’t use this as an opportunity to drop in for a cup of tea. If for some reason you have difficulties, you can find the Strettons phone number in Elvanto or you can contact the Church office. 

Pickup

Some people may not have the means to get out, or may be wanting to isolate as much as possible. If that’s you, we can accomodate. Please fill in the form below and indicate you would like someone to pick up your items. Someone will contact you and arrange a pickup time. Due to social distancing, the person will ring you when they arrive at the agreed time and ask you to leave the item on your porch or suitable place, from which they will then collect it straight away. Again, let’s not use this as an opportunity for a cup of tea, and maintain good social distancing. If you are not able to use the form, then please email the church office ([email protected]) or call (02 9874 1610), we will work it out from there. 

Can I help?

Yes. We will need some people who are able to assist with the collection for those that are not able to perform drop off. If you are able to drive and do some pickups, please fill out the form below and we will send you some instructions.

I could do with some assistance myself.

Within our own community there may be various needs at the moment as well. This may range from dealing with the challenges of isolation, or assistance with tasks that may be more difficult currently (shopping, repairs, technology). If you require assistance in any way please share your needs with the [email protected] and with those around you in your Church group. As the body of Christ we are able to work together at this time, using our varied abilities and situations, to support each other. 

Pickup Form

Resources

Sermon video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0ryWj0seOc

Anglicare need article: 

https://sydneyanglicans.net/news/care-agencies-in-approaching-covid