TAKING communion to a care home, litter picking and a 6km charity run have all been part of Go 4th Sunday – a scheme that sees a congregation from Milton Keynes rolling their sleeves up and literally going forth, beyond the four walls of their church and into their village community. Jo Duckles visited to find out more.
Trying different things
One initiative that did take off was the Global 6km – a World Vision event encouraging people to run 6km as a fundraiser. The Milton Keynes based charity estimates that many children in the developing world have to walk around 6km per day to collect water for their families. Their journeys can be dangerous and mean they are forced to miss school.
The Global 6km is a running event challenging people to run or walk 6km to raise funds to help the communities those children live in.
Matt approached Jane Lee, who is a runner, to look into it. She realised that 6km can be a long way for someone who has never run before. “I designed a circular 1.5km route around the church. Around 50 people took part from both the church and the wider community. “We raised £1,100 and people are still donating money. We had a gazebo at the church with sweets and water and medals at the end,” says Jane.
“We will be getting 15-20 people to make 200 lunches…”
All Saints is also considering extending its outreach into areas outside of Milton Keynes Village – into more deprived areas of the larger Milton Keynes town. It’s already approached Paul Oxley at St Marks MK. There, Make Lunch feeds children who receive free school meals during the holidays, when poorer parents may struggle to put food on the table. “We will be preparing sandwiches as they are now doing packed-lunches to help feed a family for a week. We’ll be getting 15-20 people to make 200 lunches for them,” says Matt.