Food, Friendship and Fundraising

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Wed, 31 May 2017 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Parishioners from St Mark’s Dundela in Belfast have been busy over the past few months welcoming visitors from Kenya, hosting local events and fundraising for a mission trip to Nepal.

Partnership Links
The parish has strong links with the Urban Development Programme of All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi, Kenya. Provost Sammy Wainaina, Louise Githire and Isabelle Prondyzynski from All Saints Cathedral visited Ireland in March and they spent some time in St Mark’s, where they took part in a wide and varied programme including school visits, parish activities and pastoral visits.

CMSI Teams
More recently, the church have been seeking to support parishioners Philip and Lesley Burton who are joining the CMSI team to Nepal in November.

Lesley shares her thoughts on the recent fundraising efforts;

An amazing brunch was held in St Mark’s church to support us on the CMSI team to Nepal in November 2017. A team of extremely enthusiastic and motivated helpers worked very hard in order to make the event successful.

The buzz in the Heyn Hall was wonderful and approximately 100 people attended. The feedback was so positive and everyone loved the quality and variety of the foods on offer.

Chatting over food provides a great opportunity for fellowship and catching up with people. A grand total of £1037 was raised. We are completely overwhelmed by this.

The event highlighted the generosity of the people of St Mark’s and their support for CMSI.

Open Gardens
The church are planning another fundraising event for the CMSI Nepal team on the 10th June – an Open Garden event taking in some of the local Sydenham Avenue gardens.

The event runs from 2pm-5pm and there will be plant and cake stalls, afternoon teas and activities for children. Cost is £5 per adult and children are free.

If your parish is planning any local events and you would like help with literature or promotion – please get in touch with our CMSI offices and we would be happy to help.

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