20 Years of PARCHE
As PARCHE Celebrates it's 20th year we are holding a celebratory service on Tuesday 14th November at 11.00 at St Elisabeth's Church Centre on Victoria Drive. This will be followed by our AGM. All are welcome - please ring the office on 01323 438527 to let us know if you will be attending.
Please find here the minutes from the 2016 AGM for your reference.
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted by Premier Radio for their Love Britain & Ireland Award for the work which we do as PARCHE.
Faith in Seniors Conference 13th May 2017 at The All Nations Church, Leicester.
When Debbie and I set out at 5.45am for the trip to Leicester for our first ‘Faith In Seniors’ conference, we didn’t really know what to expect. We had heard of the Pilgrim’s Friends Society and that they ran Christian Care homes and knew that this conference doubled up as their AGM but we had no idea what our day would entail.
I had managed to agree with them that we could have a table from which we could promote our work as PARCHE which was good as my main thought was to try and make as many new contacts for us as possible.
We arrived a little after 9.30am as the journey had taken a little longer than intended and made our way through the sea of delegates to find the delightful Sylvia Clovey who was my contact, she swiftly signed us in and arranged for to be shown where our table was. We had a great location a little inside the main hall where the main seminars and talks were given. We had just about set up our new PARCHE banners and put our products and information leaflets on the table when our first visitor arrived at the table!
Our stall and resources were greeted with great enthusiasm and our products flew off the stand, before we knew it, it was time for the first of the conference seminars. The Keynote Bible address was from Rev Dr Steve Brady was excellent and really engaging. A really striking talk was by Dr Jennifer Bute (Christian GP living with dementia) she was fantastic and spoke so eloquently about how to learn to communicate effectively with a dementia sufferer. Other seminars included: • Intergenerational ministry • Biblical pastoral care • The value of later days • Hope in dementia • Dementia friendly church • Accompanying people on the journey of dementia • Visiting people with dementia • Creative evangelism fellowship groups for seniors • Understanding and supporting carers • Parish nurses • Church visiting and befriending schemes • Preparing for a peaceful death • Supporting older people in prisons • What’s age got to do with it.
I was so busy talking to people that unfortunately I didn’t have much time to look at the other stalls which included; Linking Lives (award winning charity supporting church befriending schemes), The Salvation Army (Older Peoples Services team), Parish Nursing Ministries UK (a Christian charity which helps local churches appoint nurses who in turn help care for people’s body, mind and spirit).
The PARCHE stand was very popular and we sold a great deal of our great products and we made many excellent contacts but the most important thing was that we heard the great message that God loves and cares for all his people but especially for the elderly, poor, marginalised and misunderstood and therefore we all should do the same.
Debbie and I arrived home after a long day, very tired but really encouraged and uplifted. Next year the conference is on Saturday 12h May 2018 from 9.30am till 4.00pm at the same venue, I thoroughly recommend you make time to go, you will be blessed.
Rev Andy Melvin – National Project Co-ordinator
The new PARCHE logo explained
The ministry of PARCHE has certainly affected many people in the twenty years that we have been in existence, mainly in Eastbourne and surrounding villages but also increasingly further afield.
When such stimulating and outstanding work is going on through the wonderful ministry of PARCHE the Trustees and staff wanted to reflect this positive and vibrant work amongst the elderly by updating our logo to reflect our colourful and full life enhancing ministry.
The Cross of Christ is central to all that we are at PARCHE, so we wanted the cross to remain as the major focal point of our new design. The bright colours and encompassing arc around the cross represent our wonderful creator God’s enfolding love and care through the Holy Spirit in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
We hope and pray that this new logo will highlight and draw people to the well-established ministry of PARCHE in our nation.
We at PARCHE are really happy for your PARCHE group to use the new logo and will happily send you a copy for you to use in or on any promotional materials about our work.
We are looking for Churches to host a prayer meeting for PARCHE in November & December. If you feel that you could help organise this in your Church then please liaise with Mary or Lauren in the Office on 01323 438527."