Harbour Meeting Point
Harbour Meeting Point meets in the Octagon of St Mary's Church, Church Street, on Monday mornings from 10.30am to Noon excluding Bank Holidays.
The aim of the Harbour Meeting Point is to provide resources in the form of literature from local organisations, self help resources and trained volunteers to inform individuals on different aspects of mental health including spirituality and well-being and to promote community and social inclusion.
The project is run by a steering group formalised by the local Council for Voluntary Services and comprising a number of agencies working towards the development of social support for people with mental health concerns in the community.
A large number of people have passed through and have found it a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment. Many people have remarked on how much they value the location as a calm space.
The Lunchtime Concerts held at Maldon United Reformed Church are organised by Churches Together in Maldon. The aim is to present a varied and interesting programme featuring local and national musicians, some of whom are well known in the town and others who will be performing for the first time. One or two concerts a year specifically feature young musicians.
The informal and friendly concerts are held on the second Thursday and designed to fit into the average 'lunch hour' between 1pm and 2pm. Patrons are welcome to bring their own lunch and are free to come and go as they wish and tea and coffee is available before and during the concert. The concerts are non profit making events, with the musicians' fees and costs being met by the voluntary contributions collected at each concert.
Part of the CTiM covenant is "....To listen to the local community, to become aware of its needs and aspirations and to develop a co-ordinated programme of service and outreach to it..."
As at May 2013 this project has reached 5,400 people through 1,969 parcels. Referrals are through the CAB and other agencies and the parcels reach a wide variety of families or individuals in temporary need.
Thank you to those supermarkets who allow collections and to the shoppers who make extra purchases to donate and thank you to all the Churches and individuals that have been donating food on a regular basis, and putting it in the 'hole' in the Elim church door in Wantz Road. These donations are vital to the survival of the Food Pantry.
If you'd like to find out about helping in any of a number of ways, contact Rob Sefton on 079 408 308 55 for more information
The project receives and deals with unwanted tools, sewing machines and haberdashery items which are recycled so that they can be passed to the charity Tools With a Mission (TWAM). Part of the work undertaken in Maldon is preparation of items for tool kits that will be used to train future plumbers, carpenters, motor mechanics, engineers and dressmakers.
Through TWAM the tool kits are taken out to Africa where they are needed in order to be able to train young people so that they can earn an income to feed and educate their families.
Tool Box is currently open every Thursday morning from 10am till 12 noon in the Baptist church hall in Butt Lane. It's a brilliant way to pick up on know-how about everything from dress buttons to torque wrenches and to meet lots of friendly people. Volunteers are very much welcome as are your unwanted buttons, tools and sewing machines!
At the Elim Pentacostal Church, 17 Wantz Road, Maldon CM9 5DB.
Forth Saturday of each month from 11am to 12:30.
For children and families all ages with food, songs, mime, dance, art and creative activities with a bible theme.
Fullbridge Church Community Hub
A weekly drop-in winter hub on Tuesdays, 9.30am-1pm at Fullbridge Church, Maldon.
All are welcome. Come along for FREE refreshments and a light lunch.
Get information, advice and support from local organisations.
CALL 01621 851891 orhttps://maldoncvs.org.uk/
Open The Book
Open the book is 20! When a group of Christians in Bedford had the idea of taking Bible stories into their local primary school, they couldn't have dreamt of where their idea would end up. What started small is now 16,000 storytellers in 3,000 schools in England and Wales. And every day that number grows.
Churches Together in Maldon joined in the vision of every primary school child hearing the stories in the Bible in the Maldon area in 2014 and we are now in our 5th year of telling stories. The number of schools is increasing year on year, as is the number of storytellers. We are from any church and no church but all with a passion to spread the good news. We are always keen to hear from anyone who would like to join a team!
Through Open the Book project, local Christians use the Lion Storyteller Bible, handbooks and a wonderful collection of props and costumes to take weeks or fortnightly acts of collective worship assemblies in primary schools. The children love it and are always keen to take part, dress up and frequently have speaking parts. They get a special sticker for helping at the end!
It has been powerful, fun project that has brought the individuals in the churches in Maldon to get to know each other in a whole new way. We are always looking for people with dressmaking and handyman skills as well as storytellers.
You can find out more on the Bible Society website or make contact through CTiM.