Mission & Outreach

We support a large number of local, national and international charities and projects and this is a key part of the ministry at the Mint. Find below updates on all projects and charities we support.

 

WestBank

Westbank is our Charity of The Year. It works to empower and improve the health of communities and individuals across Devon. There is a large team of volunteers and paid workers who support many activities including befriending, transporting patients to appointments, daycare services at Westbank, support for adult and young carers and many other ways of support.  So far we have supported it by donations, coffee mornings, a Young church sale at a flea Market and a Treasure Hunt. We also also have a quiz, Garden party and other fundraising events organised. To find out more about Westbank Click here

Hospicecare

Living with a life-limiting illness is challenging. Hospiscare helps those who have cancer, heart disease or any other terminal illness. They support more than 2,500 adults every year, across Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

Two mornings a month we have a coffee morning and stall in reception and the proceeds are split between Westbank and Hospiscare.

To find out more about Hospiscare click here

Ukrainian Refugees

Several members of our church are liaising with groups that are supporting those fleeing Ukraine.  The Conversation Café in Paris Street is acting as a hub for those refugees seeking information and how to access the government services.  We are seeking to keep church members informed with what is going on and how they can support as at present the situation is fast moving.

For further information on the current situation please see

Exeter City Council website  https://exeter.gov.uk/ukraine-crisis/ and Devon For Ukraine (https://devonforukraine.com/) which is the official website of the Devon Ukrainian Association – an online portal to link the various offers of help across the county .

Afghan Refugee Group

The group of Afghans that arrived in Exeter in the autumn has been welcomed to use the Wesley Room space at the Mint on a regular weekly basis for socialising and conversation.  This makes a welcome change from their rooms in the Southgate Hotel.  Several volunteers from the Mint church meet with them regularly and encourage them to chat and improve their understanding and speaking of English.  Laughter sometimes accomplishes more than words!

The group remain amazingly cheerful considering how long most are waiting to be housed.  Recent appeals to the Mint people and other local churches has brought an amazing response in provision of household items and these items have been welcomed.  Bikes, which can be used to get to work for those who have found employment are greatly appreciated.  Parents with very young children have been invited to Mini mints playtime on a Friday morning.

The problem remains that, until they are housed, there is no space to store items and although the children are in school the families cannot move on – they may also be sent to accommodation miles away from Exeter and their group of friends and compatriots.  

ALaN Club

The main aim of the club is to develop Literacy and Numeracy skills, but it does so much more than that: giving people a routine in a safe place, developing relationships, building confidence and self-esteem to name but a few. A key aspect of the club is the one-to-one support offered and this reflects an emphasis on building and celebrating individual strengths while addressing individual needs. This contributes to the sense of belonging and being valued.  The club is now organised by two of our church members and many volunteers.  The sessions run from 2.00 -4.00 on a Thursday afternoon during term time.

The Fore Street Flea

The Fore Street Flea is an event celebrating the Independent West Quarter, run for the community by the community. It’s a not-for-profit event and proceeds from stall booking fees go directly back into the running of the event.  The market is an opportunity for members of the Mint Church and community centre users to promote our activities to the community and to join in fundraising for charity.  To date we have been involved in number of activities.  We also look after and house the colourful planters which are then used at each market to decorate the street.

St Petrock’s

St Petrock’s provides advice and support services for the homeless throughout the year.  St Petrock’s frontline housing & homelessness teams are operating to support vulnerable people through the latest challenges of lockdown and beyond.

Our donations for St Petrock’s are much appreciated and they frequently send their thanks. 

to find out more about the work of St Petrock’s click here

Roofbreakers

The Mint is registered with Roofbreakers which is a project of Through the Roof, that aims to break down the barriers faced by disabled people in Christian life.  We continue to review our procedures so that we are accessible to all.

Find out more about Through the Roof and Roofbreakers by clicking here

Christians Together Across Exeter (CTAX)

CTAX works together on joint ventures and events.

Objectives of CTAX

 a)To work together to deepen our commitment to Jesus Christ and his mission in Exeter.

(b) To encourage and enable our churches and fellowships not to do alone what they can more effectively do together.

(c) To provide opportunities for united prayer, united worship, united evangelism and united outreach.

(d) To foster better communication and dialogue between our churches and
fellowships, and to provide a forum for the exchange of information.

(e) To establish and maintain relationships with other Christian ecumenical 
groupings, communities of other faiths and local statutory and voluntary bodies in Exeter.

(f) To be a public voice for all the Christian churches and fellowships in the City.

More details of the work of CTAX click here

Food Cycle

Food Cycle VISION: 

To make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community.

their MISSION: 

Week in, week out we nourish the hungry and lonely in our communities with delicious meals and great conversation, using food which would otherwise go to waste.

Free meals  are served every Tuesday at 6.30pm at The Mint

Come and enjoy company and conversation with others from your local area over a delicious meal, prepared with care by FoodCycle volunteers. 

Everyone is welcome, no matter your background or circumstances. No referral needed, just turn up. 

To find out more about Food Cycle in Exeter click here

Traidcraft

Traidcraft is the original fair-trade pioneer in the UK – challenging the norm, fighting injustices and breaking rules for over four decades. We advocate the importance of organic farming, sustainability and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world. Our congregation have continued to support the work of Traidcraft.  Stalls are now being held monthly.

Find out more about Traidcraft by clicking here

Foodbank

Foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. 

They say ’We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why the Exeter Foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis.’ Foodbank continues to use our premises to serve clients 11-2.30 each weekday

To find out more about Foodbank in Exeter click here

Interfaith groups

There are two active Interfaith groups in Exeter, both of which meet in the Wesley Room at the Mint.

Exeter Interfaith and Belief Group (EIFBG) is a relatively informal group, which has traditionally met on the first Monday each month with typical attendance between a dozen and over 20.      Meetings normally include some time of informal conversation, followed by sharing of news and particular upcoming events in individual faith and belief group calendars.   There is then a discussion on a specific topic – e.g. aspects of food, dress, sexuality, death, creeds, scripture, authority, etc.

Devon Faith and Belief Forum (DFBF) is a more formal group covering the whole of Devon (though with most active members coming from Exeter and East Devon).    DFBF is a registered charity, with funding coming from Devon County Council via a contract with the DCC Equality Reference Group.    

The Forum organises events for Interfaith Week in November, a major speaker meeting at the Guildhall each July and events for Holocaust Memorial Day in January. 

All We Can

All We Can is an international development and relief organisation, working to see every person’s potential fulfilled. Focussed on serving the world’s most marginalised communities and is rooted in the Christian faith.  All We Can works through partnership alongside our global neighbours most impacted by disasters, poverty and injustice to enable flourishing and resilient communities. 

We support All We Can through our harvest appeal. For details of projects click the link below

Christian Aid

Christian Aid works to eradicate poverty

For over 75 years, Christian Aid has stood together in solidarity with our most marginalised global neighbours, of all faiths and none.  

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. 

CA seek to eradicate extreme poverty by tackling its root causes.

For this year’s Christian Aid Week we will be holding a coffee morning and there will be a united city centre service with a CA speaker on Sunday 15 May at Sidwell St Methodist Church. More details can be found in the May Forward magazine Find out more information about this year’s Christian Aid Appeal by clicking here

Action for Children

Action for Children protect and support children and young people. they do this by providing practical and emotional care and support, making sure their voices are hear campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives.
Our two main forms of fundraising are through Christmas collections and carol singing events and many church members have boxes which are emptied in the spring or make online donations.  More details of the work of Action for Children can be found by clicking here

MHA

As the largest charity care provider for older people in the UK, MHA offers some of the highest quality care, accommodation and support services throughout Britain. Their mission is to inspire the best care and wellbeing at every stage of later life.

Founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1943, today they support:

  • 4,400 older people living in our care homes, many receiving specialist dementia or nursing care
  • 3,000 older people living independently in retirement living communities, with access to social and leisure facilities and flexible care when needed
  • 11,100 older people living independently in their own homes with the support of our community services across Britain.

We have an annual collection for MHA For more details of the project click here

World Mission Fund

The World Mission Fund enables the Methodist Church to encourage, build and maintain long-term mission partnerships with countries across the world.  It also provides support to overseas partners to spread the good news, through engaging in mission, evangelism, multi faith relationships, church growth, education and advocacy. 

We have special collections to support this work including our Easter Offering.

More details of the work of the Methodist World Church can be found by clicking here

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