Help street children find a better life

SCWC 2014Street children in Nicaragua were given the chance to compete in this year’s Street Child World Cup in Rio with the support of the Methodist Church in Britain. Methodist children and young people are still encouraging local churches across the connexion to help raise £30,000 by organising fundraising events of their own. Kat Freeman, The One Programme Participant in the Llanelli and Carmarthen Circuit raised around £2,000 through a sponsored cycle ride from Newport to Carmarthen. All the money raised will help more street children find a better life.
Street Child World Cup is a global movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, the Street Child World Cup unites street children from across five continents to play football. Through football, art and campaigning, the movement aims to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children around the world. On March 28 2014, the Street Child World Cup 10-day tournament and conference kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with 19 teams taking part,
Tamara Wray, Methodist Youth President: “Supporting the Nicaraguan teams at the Street Child World Cup provides Methodists with the opportunity to see that their actions can change people’s lives for the better. No child should ever have to live or work on the streets so we are honoured to support this cause as this is more than game.”
You can contribute towards this good cause by sending cheques made payable to ‘Amos Trust’ to Methodist Church House with ‘fundraising – Street Child World Cup – Nicaragua team’ written on the back together with your name, or by card on and clicking the ‘donate now’ button. Thank you for your support.

Celebrating the Reverend Thomas Coke

Brecon Cathedral was full on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd May 2014 for an event to mark the bicentenary of the death of Reverend Thomas Coke, “The Father of Methodist Missions”, who was responsible for sending the first Welsh-speaking Wesleyan preachers to Wales in 1800. The congregation was welcomed by the Right Reverend Geoffrey Marshall, Dean of the cathedral. The event included the singing of several Charles Wesley hymns; the reading of the story of Thomas Coke by representatives of the Methodist Church in Wales, England, the United States, the Caribbean and Sri Lanka, and an address by the Reverend Lord Leslie Griffiths.

Until May 16th, there is an exhibition on the life of Thomas Coke in Brecknock Museum, Brecon, from 10 am – 4 pm each day. Admission free.

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Representatives of the Methodist Church, including Reverend Jennie Hurd, Chair of Synod Cymru, and Reverend Dr Stephen Wigley, Chair of Wales Synod, with the Mayor of Brecon on May 3rd.