In May 2016 the Centre celebrated its 5th anniversary where CAP’s International Director and Founder, John Kirkby, made a podcast and thanked Ian & Frances Croxford as they both stepped down from working as debt coaches. Many from St Johns partied in the Schoolrooms where a special anniversary cake was made.
Mary Irwin completed all her training and we are now very pleased to say she is operating as a fully trained CAP debt coach, fully engaged in visiting 2 new referrals per month.
We have much to praise the Lord for especially as we saw 17 individuals/families go debt free and 10 make first time commitments to Jesus! The 240 clients who have contacted CAP from the Yeovil area will always remain at the heart of who we are and what we do, and whilst we aim to connect a befriender to each client, we still continue to struggle finding enough befrienders. During the year we started befriending training and continue to do this as we invest in our support team.
CAP Money courses continue to be part of the Centre, with William Webbe, our Community Links Co-ordinator, taking the lead role. Five courses took place during the year, which enabled people to learn how to budget; anyone can access this course.
Three families went on Discovery Breaks, where they are given a free short holiday break and where a team from CAP facilitates the events, including many opportunities where the love of Jesus is shared is so many different ways.
In April, the weekly Thursday morning CAP ‘Drop-In’ changed into the weekly Gone Fishing Café, which is a new St Johns’ ministry and continues to see anything up to 50 people attend; customers include those from the church, the community, potential and existing CAP clients. Credit must go to Helen Peace and her team providing a space where people are free just to be listened to and enjoy a decent cup of coffee and delicious cakes made by members of St Johns.
The Tuesday men’s discipleship group, who meet for breakfast from 11.30am to 1pm, continue to meet and the group has listened to CVM videos and read through the gospels of Matthew & Mark. The group is currently going through the new Bible Society Bible Course. We continue to thank both Ian Croxford and Ed Brooks for their commitment to this group.
We continue to see items in the local press and it was good to see a photo of one of the 36 fellowship groups from 5 different churches who together made up 39 Christmas Boxes distributed to CAP families in Yeovil and the surrounding area. Four families along with other individuals came to the Christmas Tea, where several stayed on to the Carol Service.
Two other CAP events took place, both at St Peters church; the summer BBQ and a Fish & Chip supper, where 2 made recommitments.
The team spoke at several churches and a number of organisations in the area ranging from Yeovil Rotary, various ladies groups, and meeting many individuals working in agencies who are now referring their clients to CAP. One very important agency we had help from is the Lord’s Larder where they provided 80 food parcels – a 30% increase in the number of food parcels compared to 2015.
The Management Committee has reduced in number with now only Mike Streatfeild and Margaret Hamilton the only members in addition to Steve, Mary & William. We thank Mike & Margaret for serving on the committee and we are on the lookout for new members.
The church family from St Johns continue to show their amazing support and commitment to prayer, give financially, befriending clients, make and send Birthday & Christmas cards, take clients shopping, provide food, help serve at CAP events, and help at the Thursday Café. Personally, it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to serve and work with the St Johns’ family in what can only be described as a miraculous ministry.
Our ongoing prayer is that God will enable clients to fully engage with the CAP service to journey out of debt, and that both Mary and I, along with our befrienders, will make the most of every opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them, through our words and actions.
We are always looking for people to support this community transforming work and you can do this in several ways – if you would like to receive the 3 weekly email update, become a befriender, join the management committee or support the work financially, please contact Steve Hart on firstname.lastname@example.org – if you would like to pray for the debt coaches and befrienders as they carry out their 1st, fact find and budget visits, please contact Mary Irwin on email@example.com If you just want to find out more about this work, just speak to either Mary or Steve.