An update about kingsgate ministries
Throughout this week, our staff and volunteer teams have been working to develop the ways in which we can serve our church family and the wider community, which you can read about below. We are also providing links to some of the resources our teams have been producing and ways to access more detailed information.
The need for the foodbank has been increasing daily and we are doing our utmost to serve those who are in the most critical need at this time.
From Friday 27 March the Peterborough Foodbank is relocating the Foodbank distribution centres to one centre at Dogsthorpe Methodist Church. The centre will be open 6 days a week from 11am–1pm. This will make access easier for people in need at a time when many other agencies are having to close their doors.
Because a significant number of our volunteers are entering self-isolation due to age or pre-existing health conditions, there is an urgent need for volunteers. We need people who can serve at the distribution centre between 10:30am and 1:30pm on any day, or who can help in the warehouse on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays 10am–1pm.
If you can offer any help, please email email@example.com marking your email FAO: Leanne Waterman. Volunteers will be given introductory training and will work in a safe environment with due consideration to social distancing.
You can also help by placing some food in the Foodbank collection points at your local supermarket or by sending a financial contribution by visiting peterborough.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/
If you need help from the foodbank at the time, please follow this link for more information about how to access this: peterborough.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/how-to-get-help
Connection between people is becoming increasingly important in this season when we are all staying at home. One of the ways in which we can connect with each other in this season is through our LifeGroups. LifeGroups are small groups of between 6 and 12 people who meet once a week for mutual support and encouragement. During this season groups are meeting online rather than in person and there is opportunity for many more people to join groups.
If you are not currently in a LifeGroup, we’d love to encourage you to connect with one by visiting kingsgate.church/lifegroups and registering your interest. One of our team will then get back to you as soon as possible.
If you consider KingsGate your home church, there is also an opportunity for you to start a small group with some of your friends. If you would like to explore this possibility, please email the Pastoral Team.
If you are a LifeGroup member, please contact your LifeGroup Leader or your group WhatsApp for details of the next online group gathering.
The KingsGate Kids Team have been working hard to produce activities that can be used at home. On Sunday, as part of the online experience, we are providing resources for kids that include teaching, craft ideas, activities, worship songs and recommendations for apps and resources etc. Take a moment to download them in advance of the Sunday online service at kingsgate.church/kids.
The Youth Team have been working towards moving all the youth activity online for this season.
Youth Service online: We will be streaming weekly online Youth Services from Friday 27 March at 7:30pm. The service will include games, worship and a short inspirational message for young people in school years 7–12. The Youth Service will be accessible on YouTube.
Youth LifeGroups: Young people are gathering during the week in online LifeGroups. This is a great opportunity for young people to stay connected with one another at this time.
Sunday: Young people are encouraged to fully engage with the Sunday morning teaching and online experience together with their family.
To find out more about Youth Services, to get connected with Youth LifeGroups, and to access ongoing updates and the latest information, visit kingsgate.church/youth.
Please do continue to pray for our teams as we navigate this season together.