Food for Thought in Uganda and the Marakissa Clinic in the Gambia have been the focus of the Mint’s overseas mission fundraising since 2014.  As we come towards the end of our two years financial support, £1222.26* (FfT) and £1127.88 (Marakissa) has been raised.  There will also be a proportion of the May Market’s takings and the collection at May 29 Songs of Praise with Sidwell Street.  Thank you for all your support so far.  The projects will continue to welcome future support from individuals.
* this includes extra for emergency travel costs
World Mission
• World Mission service was in January + Cream tea at Angela and John White’s on 26 June 2016.
• Songs of Praise evening joint service with Sidwell St – May 29 – Church Council has agreed that funds will be raised for FfT and Marakissa Clinic.
• The Easter offering ( Methodist Women in Britain ) was received at an evening circuit service at Crediton on 24 April 2016.
• World Church Mission Circuit Festival will be held on 30 June at Seaton.   The Tuesday Fellowship group will attend this.
Christian Aid
• May 15 2016 is Christian Aid Sunday with a collection and cupcakes for sale to church centre users.  Thanks go to Alice Trennear-Harvey who steps down from the role of Christian Aid secretary after several years.  A new CA secretary is sought.
Mission in Britain
• Mission in Britain Sunday focussed on chaplaincy in all its forms.
• We hope to provide further information about progress on MHA provision in Exmouth for the MHA themed service on 12 June 2016.  A letter of thanks has been sent to Dorothy Worthington from Church Council.  A new MHA secretary is sought.
Action for Children
• Action for Children service will be on 10 July 2016.  There will not be a retiring collection as the Mint’s major fundraising activities for Action for Children occur around Christmas time (Homecourt House, carols in the fore court, Christmas Day collection).  £818.74 has been raised so far this year through collection and boxes.
Easter cards – 300 cards were printed and handed out to centre users.
Lunch Club
• This has restarted with Hazel, the cook, being warmly welcomed back by our diners.  Karena and Ian from Probation will provide holiday cover and quarterly kitchen cleaning teams.   There are regularly about 30 customers for the meal and the Express & Echo recently ran an article about the benefit of the work with the team of offenders with Lunch Club.
Knitting group
• The knitters meet and share regularly and a member of the group, who came to knit, now also comes to worship.
Christian Together across Exeter ( CTaX )
• On Maundy Thursday Agape supper was celebrated at the Mint by about 60 people from various denominations.
• Pentecost Event – An Act of Witness is to be held on Pentecost Eve on Cathedral Green on 14th May 2016.
• Devon County Show   Volunteers are sought from among the churches to host the Churches Together Facility.
• Many thanks go to Bud Wendover as he steps down from being the Mint representative on CTaX.  A second representative is sought to attend the quarterly meetings and promote interdenominational events.
Exeter City Centre Chaplaincy
• 3 new chaplains are to be dedicated on 26 May.   Chaplains are now visiting 250 shops.  The Mint continues to support the chaplaincy financially by £500 pa continuing for the next two years.
Exeter Community Initiatives
• The Mint continues to support the work of ECI in the local community financially.  ECI provides management for the local Children’s Centres among other community projects, Jelly, Bike Bank, Transitions etc..
Refugee Support Devon
• There will be a display in reception during Refugee Week 2016 about the work of RSD.  This will be seen by many who come to the polling station on 23 June and is a timely highlight of the need for help.  Do try and come to coffee morning that week – takings will go to the project.
Gabriel House & St Petrock’s
• Staff are grateful for the use of rooms at the Mint and the practical goods supplied.
Bethany House
• The donation of toiletries is very much appreciated in support of the residents at Bethany.
• We are still getting good sales. Easter Eggs were very popular.  We  have many regular customers but would be pleased if more came to the stall and tried some of the produce.  We are helping many in poor countries to get a better living by supporting Fairtrade. The tea and coffee used at the Mint is provided out of the profits made.  Annette Setterfield
• This continues 3 times a week.  Several church centre users regularly provide donations for food bank and the other charity collection boxes.  We have also passed on donations of toiletries and Christmas presents for the children.
I will stand down as chair of the Mission & Outreach committee in January 2017 after 6 years as representative.  Thanks go to all the team.  Barbara Pillidge