Webteam: December 2016
WORLD AIDS DAY
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
The Methodist Church in the Isle of Man is twinned with the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone (MCSL). Together, we are building a clinic for People Living with HIV/Aids in Wellington, Freetown. Funds raised at this year's Missions Christmas Event (Coffee Morning, Lunches and Sale) will be added to the funds already raised in the District. The Christmas Event was on Saturday, the 3rd of December, and raised £1,305. A huge 'Thank you' to all who raised this money.
We are now within £500 of our target. In a letter send out on the 6th to the churches, Revd Richard Hall asked "Please can you consider making this a focus of some of your charitable giving as churches over the Christmas period? If every one of our churches did something we could easily hit this target by the New Year."
MCSL has been involved in work relating to HIV/AIDS since 2002 when its Freetown clinic opened. The work involves voluntary testing, counselling, community-based work on prevention and management, supplying hygiene kits for chronically ill clients, dispensing drugs to treat opportunistic infections and providing livelihood support to families living with HIV/AIDS, such as micro-credit and support for growing vegetables. MCSL provides the clinic but the cost of staff and drugs is met by the government of Sierra Leone.
Initially the clinic in Freetown was funded by Comic Relief. Most of the care offered is home-based as this is regarded as most appropriate and cost-effective. The centre has been using part of the Superintendent Minister's manse and has rented a nearby community centre for client support. The new, purpose-built clinic will enable MCSL to scale up the work to cover some 850 people living with HIV/AIDS as well as providing support for their direct families, a further 4,000 people.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Bonds of perfect charityHow Action for Children brings fullness in abundanceOur work, which comes in truly various forms, reaches children and young people across the UK. It is, therefore,quite challenging to convey in a few word show we make a real difference. However, a closer look at just one of our almost 600 services can do just that. Tafarn Newydd Children & Families Service,based...
We have just had an amazing time, making space for God to speak and touch our heats, minds and souls. Sulby Methodist Church acted as host, and various organisations provided prayer stations for guests to use around the church. We enjoyed worship together, a Taize style pilgrimage, and late night star-gazing astronomy outside. Thanks to everyone who helped put it all...
The Methodist church at Onchan celebrated its Chapel anniversary on the last weekend in January with two key events: a Mission to the Onchan Precinct, popularly known as Village Walk, and a Burns Supper.Rev Steven Wild, chair of the Cornwall district and a past President of the Methodist Conference, led the mission and preached at the two anniversary services. In the unrelenting wet weather of...
Sulby Methodist Service
Promenade Methodist Church