17 June 2017
Response to the fire at Grenfell Tower and appeal for donations
Statement and prayer from the London District Chairs in
response to the fire at Grenfell Tower and appeal for
"It is with shock and dismay that we woke on Wednesday morning to the news of the fire at Grenfell Tower in Notting Hill.
"This has taken place in a densely populated, vibrant part of our city and the tower block has been the home of many families. Notting Hill Methodist Church is close to the fire and within the cordon established by police. Superintendent Minister of the Notting Hill Methodist Circuit, Mike Long, visited rescue centres to see what help the Church might offer. The facts of the cause of the fire and the events that followed will take time to emerge and the effects on the local community will be long-term and far-reaching. As a District we will do all we can to support the local church as it works with the community in the weeks and months to come."
We pray for those caught up in the fire at Grenfell Tower,
for casualties, for the wounded, for the missing and the traumatised.
We pray for the emergency services and for those who are responsible for co-ordinating the response to this major incident.
In despair bring hope
In injury bring healing
In fear bring comfort.
In our helplessness be our strength.
In your mercy hear our prayers.
In Christ's name.
We have received many calls from those who wish to
donate to the community of Grenfell Tower.
We would ask that at the moment financial donations are sent through the District so that we can collect and process them. This will then be sent to help the families and emergency services affected by the fire.
Please ask your treasurers to either send a cheque made payable to 'The London District of the Methodist Church' noting on the back for 'Grenfell', or contact the District Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for details for how to make a bank transfer payment. The address for cheques is London District of the Methodist Church, 1 Central Buildings, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH.
The Revd Mike Long, Superintendent at Notting Hill, has reported that the church have been inundated with physical donations of clothing and food - we have warmly welcomed these, but at present they do not have the capacity to receive any more donations. He is seeking space at Methodist churches nearby. We will update you on this as we receive more information.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Revds Michaela Youngson & Nigel Cowgill
Chairs of the London District of the Methodist Church
To read the President & Vice-President's reflections, click here.