Church Community Networks

Wyesham Christian Fellowship.  Point of contact: Pastor Ian Roberts, tel: 01600 772874

They signpost people to the Monmouth Food Bank.  They can get food for people who are unable to do this and take it to them.  WCF have a limited stock of toiletries that they can supply people.  They also have volunteers who can collect and deliver shopping & prescriptions.

Methodist Church – opposite the Queens Head Monmouth.  Point of contact: Rev Ruth Lownsbrough, tel: 01600 716078.

They are keeping in contact with people who are not on line and can offer support via the telephone.  In addition, they have a few volunteers who would be willing to provide practical support to people in Monmouth, Trellech, Penallt & Catbrook areas with things like shopping and prescription collection.  Some of the volunteers with existing DBS check for roles they fulfil in the church.

St Thomas’ Church, Overmonnow.  Point of contact: Vicar Rev Kathryn Haynes, tel: 01600 715159.  Part of the Partnership & Community team and the Monmouth mutual aid & assistance group on Face Book.  St Thomas’s is pairing people up for telephone contact for mutual support.

You can signpost people to Kathryn.  Particularly people who need emergency food as St Thomas’s have this in stock.   They can also supply people who need white goods, bedding, crockery or clothing ie: for those needing to stay warm while retail shops are closed.  St Thomas’s also provide this support to people coming out of an emergency housing situation and/or being given emergency accommodation by the LA including hostel accommodation. 

Roman Catholic Church, Church St, Monmouth. Point of contact: Priest Nick James, tel: 01600 712029

Do have a small number of volunteers who in usual times provide outreach to members of the community as the need arises.  These volunteers are currently unavailable due to current lock down and therefore people are being linked in to the neighbouring churches volunteer community.

Monmouth Baptist Church, Monk St, Monmouth. Contact: Jonathan Greaves. Tel: 01600 716423.

Monmouth Baptist Church are directing people to FaceBook groups inc: 1) Monmouth Covid-19 whose main purpose is to direct community volunteers to respond to need. 2)  Monmouth mutual aid & assistance, this FB group was initially a flood response service and is continuing to provide practical support.  Please share this information about these FB groups as they will be a valuable source of information for people who live a distance away and who contact us concerned about family & friends in our patch.

The Baptist Church are keeping eye on older members of the church community (in an emergency could extend this to members of the local community) needing help with shopping and emotional support.  Jonathan is exploring the option of a ‘shop and drop’ service and if this develops will consider going public with it.

For those directly affected by Covid19 Jonathan is offering a religious visit and to pray with them.  Jonathon is also liaising with the Chaplaincy at Monnow Vale about this.

I’ll forward to admin and ask that they circulate more widely and add to One Note.

Best wishes