Half-Term Meals

Volunteers coordinated by St Mark’s Church in Milton Keynes will feed 300 children this half term in three primary schools and a children’s centre.

Across Milton Keynes 1 in 5 children live in poverty. This means they struggle for food, or clothing, or warmth. When a child is hungry, they graduate primary school two years behind their peers. If this continues, they will graduate secondary school with the education levels of a 13 year old…simply because they are hungry.
Make Lunch MK is run by St Mark’s church as part of their f1VE initiative, working with those 1 in 5 children and their families. Based in local schools during school holidays, families are invited to enjoy a free, hot and healthy lunch to help them plug the gap that is created when school breakfast clubs and lunches are not available.

The Revd Paul Oxley talks about how his church’s involvement in meals provision for children has grown over the last year.

The Power of Poetry

For some people poetry is exhilarating, while for others it’s baffling.

In a new book titled The Splash of Words, the Revd Canon Mark Oakley uses selected poems to invite everyone to explore the power of poetry, and why it’s particularly important for people of faith to engage with.
Purchase the book online: www.amazon.co.uk/Splash-Words-Bel…ry/dp/1848254687

Facing dementia with a loving welcome

Dementia affects 800,000 people in the UK and that number is expected to double in the next 30 years.

The Revd David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities for Diocese of Lichfield tells us about the vital role churches can play in supporting people living with Dementia.