Our members at Milbourne Church hope to make a positive difference in the lives of others for the purposes of Christ, whether or not those people will ever become part of our faith community.
We know that we cannot do this alone, and our outreach
mission is based on the firm foundation of prayer; we are currently praying that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our outreach journey, and that we will be provided with the right words, to reach out and share the Good News with those in our community.
As a stepping stone for our outreach mission, we want to reach out to the residents in our local community in Milbourne, and we believe the simplest way of doing this, is to get to know the people around us. We do not want people to feel an obligation
to come to our church, we simply want to sow some seeds, to encourage people to consider how lovely it may be to be part of a church family.
Christmas Afternoon Tea November 2019
We were keen to continue with our tradition of hosting a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the chapel, and this year, this event took place on a very rainy Saturday afternoon. This traditional event continues to give us the opportunity of reaching out
to the people around us, where each household receives an invitation to take time out of their busy lives, and to come to the chapel to meet in friendship and community. We were worried the rain might dissuade people from coming to the event, but we
were overwhelmed with the number of people coming through the doors of our little chapel, and as always, the atmosphere was warm, welcoming, and alive with people having a lovely afternoon. This year, we have supported another local charity: Safe Families
for Children www.safefamiliesforchildren.com and we are delighted we were able to give the amazing sum of £760.00 to this lovely charity, which really does make a difference in the lives of those
people it supports. We are so grateful for the generosity of those who attended the afternoon, and we continue to give thanks to our remarkable God for the blessings He gives to us every day.
Harvest Breakfast October 2019
On Saturday morning 5th October, we continued in our mission to reach out to those people living in the local community, and we hosted our very first 'Harvest Breakfast' in the chapel, with all proceeds to go to the Milbourne Village Community Defibrillator
Project. We were delighted with the response to our invitations, and the chapel was filled with people enjoying the blessings of fellowship, friendship, & food. We often take these blessings so much for granted, and yet it is these simple
gifts from God which enrich our lives the most; we pray that God will continue to surround our local community with His rich blessings and love.
The sum raised at this lovely event, was £555:00, and puts us well on the way to realising
the funds needed to purchase the defibrillator for the people of Milbourne and the surrounding areas - a huge 'Thank You' to all who gave so generously!
Strawberries & Cream Tea Event June 2019
In 2019, we muted the possibility of helping to initiate a community project, and believed the placement of a defibrillator in Milbourne village, would be something which could benefit the entire community. We subsequently decided to hold a Strawberries
& Cream Tea event in the chapel, which would kickstart the fundraising for the project.
We delivered personal invitations to approximately 75 local households, inviting them to join us for strawberries & cream, scones, shortbread, and strawberry
muffins, on 22nd June; many people attended the event, and as always in our little chapel, the atmosphere was warm, friendly, and generous, and we are delighted that the money raised, amounted to £517:00.
We worked with the national charity of
the Community Heartbeat Trust for their help and guidance in this project.
In addition to raising such a great amount for such a beneficial project, we were able to celebrate the recent refurbishment of the interior of our chapel. Although the
chapel has served us well for many years, we were increasingly aware the interior was looking tired and out-dated. In addition to our own funds, we were blessed to receive support form the Trustees of Prudhoe Street Mission Foundation, and from the Newcastle
District Resourcing Mission Committee, which enabled us to go ahead with our plans, to keep the chapel a warm and welcoming place to meet.
To know Jesus is the richest blessing, and we are keen to send out the message to all who come into our chapel,
that our mission and our church life, is up-to-date and well able to meet the needs of people today; we hope our new interior, reflects our on-going commitment to be as current as possible in today's world.
With great thanks to all who attended
and contributed to our Strawberries & Cream Tea Event.
Milbourne Village Christmas Events December 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
What better time of year than Christmas, to share the wonderful gift that God has given to each and every one of us. We believe the true meaning of Christmas is not the gifts we give to each other, but the gift of
Jesus Christ, who brought us the promise of unconditional love and eternal life.
To continue in our outreach mission, we were keen to have an event which could involve our whole community at this special time of year.
Following some discussion, we decided to hold a 'Christmas Afternoon' in the chapel, with all proceeds to be donated to the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA). We hand-delivered our invitations, and we prayed that the Lord would bless the event with the
attendance of people from our local community. How blessed we were - so many local people turned out to support the event, and with their generosity, we were able to raise £560 for the GNAA.
Following the success of
this event, we were keen to repeat the experience in 2017, and our second Christmas Afternoon was held on 9th December. We were all in agreement that all proceeds would be donated to St Oswald's Hospice, as sadly, it was necesary for some of our church
members to experience first hand, the services provided by St Oswald's. The care and attention provided by the hospice to both patients and their relatives is second to none, and as a result of the wonderful generosity of all those attending the christmas
2017 event, a donation of £624.00 was made to this very worthwhile cause.
In 2018, we wanted the proceeds from this traditional event, to once again support a local cause, and we selected The Charlie Bear for Cancer
Care Fund, as our chosen charity. As the charity celebrates 40 years of supporting cancer patients across the Norh East & Cumbria, it continues to help provide more sophisticated equipment, additional patient comforts, specialist staff training,
and funding of local research projects to develop new treatments and technologies to improve patient care. We would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas 2018 Tea Afternoon, for their wonderful generosity to such an important charity.
We hope that all those attending the Christmas Afternoons enjoyed the events as much as we did, and we pray that they felt the nearness of the Lord as they celebrated the Christmas season.
Christmas Tea Afternoon chosen charity for 2018; £730.00 raised
Christmas Tea Afternoon chosen charity for 2017; £624.00 raised
Christmas Tea Afternoon chosen charity for 2016; £560.00 raised
Macmillan's "World's Biggest Coffee Morning" event September 2018
We were keen to be involved with this wonderful initiative from Macmillan, and decided that rather than attending and supporting several coffee mornings in the homes of friends or family, we would host a 'big' coffee morning in the chapel, which could
involve our church family with our local community. The chapel was filled with people, and we raised the fantastic sum of £810 for this very worthwhile cause. The kindness and generosity of everyone who attended, and the contributions of
such lovely cakes, is very much appreciated.
NB further donations have brought the final total to £870.
'Tools with a Mission' open church event July 2108
At the begining of the year, we decided to open the doors of the chapel to anyone who felt they may be able to help us to help others. Our church was keen to support 'Tools with a Mission' (TWAM), a christian charity which sends tools across
the world to those in need. The charity relies on tool donations, which they put together as trade kits to help people learn a trade. This then allows families to make a livelihood, and therefore more able to help themselves.
We felt that
this cause was something in which the Milbourne community could become involved, and we therefore knocked on the doors of the local people to highlight the needs of those people struggling to survive. We also helped to promote our open evening at Party
in the Park in Ponteland, and encouraged people to search their garages, sheds, and lofts, for old tools, broken tools, and tools they no longer use.
The reponse to our call to help people across the world was overwhelming, and even more people will
now have the practical resources they need to help build their lives. The event was blessed by the kindness of the people of Milbourne and the surrounding areas, and we pray they will know that the love of God is with them always.
Milbourne Village Summer Event 2017
The splendour of God's creation surrounds us every day, but how often we take for granted just what is on our doorstep! We took the opportunity to enjoy the remnants of summer, and hosted a further outreach event. On 2nd September, we invited
our local community to join us in a Car Treasure Hunt organised by Caroline, and followed by a BBQ. The Lord blessed our day with the shining sun, the beauty of the countryside surrounding us, good food from the BBQ, and the lovely feeling of community
spirit; His great gifts are always in abundance, if only we take time to see them.
Milbourne Village Street Party June 2016
Let the party begin!
To initiate our outreach mission, we came together in the chapel one evening, to discuss the way forward, and Jeb and Caroline came up with the great idea of tying in the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations, with hosting a street party in Milbourne.
We knocked on the doors of our local community, and hand-delivered the invitations; we prayed that this face-to-face contact, and the coming together at the street party, would provide us with the opportunity to show that we are just ordinary people, and
that we saw this event as something we could all enjoy together as a community. We linked the event to our church and our christian faith in two ways, firstly by highlighting on the invitations, that our church would be hosting the event, and secondly,
each household received a booklet "The Servant Queen", which highlights how every day, our Queen seeks to serve the King.
The event proved to be a huge success, and was attended by 120 people from our local community. We are grateful to one of
our local farmers for allowing us the use of his barn, and we are so pleased to have received some lovely 'thank you' cards from some of the attendees.
Hospital Wash Bags
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the collection of hospital wash bags for patients admitted to Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust during the corona virus pandemic. Together we donated 40 bags
to the RVI, and also a carrier bag full of chocolates and chocolate biscuits for the staff. Many thanks for your generosity to all who contributed.
Action for Children Emergency Coronavirus Appeal
Action for Children launched an Emergency Corona Virus Appeal to help provide essentials to the most vulnerable families they support across the UK and those potentially affected
in the future.
Coronavirus has thrown all our lives, our communities and the UK into an unprecedented crisis. Families who were already struggling are now unable to buy food and basic essentials such as nappies, cleaning products, and money for gas
and electricity. They need us now more than ever.
Action for Children is working hard to make sure they can still support children and their families at this difficult time. The appeal is just one of many ways they are taking action. They
are also creating more digital solutions to support where face-to-face options are limited.