The North Western Synod has a Global Partnership with the Chaiyi Presbytery of Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. The Synod World Church Group has organised several exchange visits including a Youth Exchange in 2015 and return visit 2016.
At the start of the pandemic we received a generous donation of 10,000 masks from the Chaiyi Presbytery of Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.
The face masks were distributed to all the churches in the Synod (120) for their general use, e.g. if they were open for worship, or with any other users of their halls.
We provided additional masks to a number of churches with particular community outreach as part of their mission, so as some example:
- Darwen Central received masks to support DARE which is a long standing project working with refugees and asylum seekers who have settled in the area
- Fleetwood and St Annes churches received masks to support their work with local foodbanks who make extensive use of the church’s premises
- Chorley URC were provided with masks to support a number of the community uses of their buildings, for example their community kitchen providing food for the homeless
- St Mark’s Wythenshawe (Dandelion Community) for the work through their food hub with the local community
On a personal level the gift of the masks prompted some wonderful conversations about generosity and hope as I delivered bags of parcels of masks for despatch at my local post office, and of course Radio Lancashire picked up on the gift and I was interviewed on their Sunday morning programme which provided an opportunity not just to celebrate the wonderful gift with a wider audience, but also to share something of the fruits of the long standing partnership between us.
Mike Hart (Treasurer NW Synod)
A big thank you from DARE to the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan for the donation of Face masks during the Covid19 outbreak. DARE Darwen Asylum Seeker Enterprise supports the needs of asylum seekers and refugees and is part of an outreach mission supported by Central URC Darwen. Picture show volunteers including Lilian Salter Mayor of Darwen second on right and clients at the Meeting places drop in Darwen Town Centre