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.
Our Charity of the Year 2023 is Medecins Sans Frontieres. Throughout the year there will be
various events to support this organisation. So far we have raised over £1,800
As a charity they work to treat people facing humanitarian emergencies and chronic healthcare crises. They work in more than 90 countries
around the world and their medical teams act fast to save people’s lives in conflict zones, natural
disasters and epidemics. – https://msf.org.uk/
See our Latest news for updates and stories and news taken from our forward magazine
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.
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 .
A group of Afghans, who arrived in Exeter in the autumn of 2022 has been welcomed to use space at the Mint on a regular weekly basis for socialising and conversation. This makes a welcome change from their rooms in the 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 refugees remain amazingly cheerful considering how long most have waited to be housed. A good number are working and the children are well settled at school.
Appeals to the Mint people and other local churches has brought an amazing response in provision of household items and these have been welcomed. with thanks Bikes, which can be used to get to work or school are greatly appreciated. Parents with very young children have been invited to Mini mints playtime on a Friday morning.
The families are now mostly provided with housing although some have had to move out of Exeter.
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 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 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
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
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 VISION:
To make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community.
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
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 11:30am -2.30pm Monday to Friday.
To find out more about Foodbank in Exeter click here
Foodbank also run “the Living Room” project at the Mint (for details please see link
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 in July (held this year at the Mint with Satish Kumar speaking), and events for Holocaust Memorial Day in January.
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 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.
Find out more information about this year’s Christian Aid Appeal by clicking here
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
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
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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