Welcome To Flame Trust
Problems with Royal Mail
As you will be aware we relocated our office on March 1st after being at St James House for many years. Appropriate arrangements were made for all correspondence addressed to Flame Trust to be redirected to the new office, with formal agreements signed by the Post Office. The new owner of St James House gutted the building and then closed it down with a view to recommencing refurbishment in August.
Last week the new owner happened to visit and said that he was concerned that some mail had been arriving in the old post box. We immediately dispatched Calin to check because we needed to gain access with the new owner’s permission. To our great concern, we discovered many items of correspondence had been lodged there since March and April. As you can imagine, this has given us some anxiety and I have tried to make contact with all of the folk affected – particularly those who had sent bookings for Time Out and donations for our ministry and projects. I have taken the matter up with the Royal Mail and await their response, but I did want to alert you to what has happened and particularly apologise for those of you who might have thought that we had become very inefficient.
Thank you for your patience and continued support in these challenging times and do pray that our PO Box facility will be well served by the Royal Mail in the weeks and months ahead.
Time Out 2020 - 12 – 16 October
We have now extended the Early Bird offer until Friday 19th June. There is a saving of £15 per person if you take advantage of this offer.
Bookings are coming in for our Time Out conference in Paignton. This will be our 20th year and despite the current circumstances, we are anticipating good attendance if the current level of interest and bookings is an indication of those wanting to come.
Should the conference be cancelled because of Covid-19, then your deposit will be returned. However, as has always been our policy, we strongly advise attendees to make sure that they have full insurance for travel and other eventualities.
Look forward to seeing you there
I know that I don’t need to remind you of the situation that we all face in the UK at this time. The word ‘unprecedented’ is now very familiar to us all, but it is actually true, and as I commented to a colleague just the other day, it is a salient reminder of how fragile life actually is. To contemplate that a bat, in a back street market in China can bring nations to their knees, would have been unthinkable just a few months ago and yet it has happened. Being brought to our knees is the very best posture to adopt in these circumstances. Let’s continue to pray for those who have contracted the virus, for our wonderful NHS and frontline workers, for friends and family, and indeed for the leadership of our country that is having to make decisions that are good, right and true for us all at this time.
The Book of Chronicles (1 Chronicles 12:32) reminds us of the tribe of Issachar who were wonderfully respected and who had great wisdom. They were sought after by those needing to build strategy and make important decisions. We are told that ‘they understood the times and knew what should be done’. Do pray that Issachar thinking will pervade the hearts and minds of our decision makers and indeed for all of us as we consider our responsibilities at this time.
Our New Home
So this is where Flame is now based : Zoar Methodist Church in Lower Gornal, Dudley. Dave has had links with this fellowship since he was born, and on April 7th 1946, Billy Graham preached here at a Sunday evening ‘rally’.
Jackie is well established as you can see, and Calin helped with moving files and boxes. Dave was absent…maybe attending the classes shown on the posters at the front of the church?!
Established in 1992 by Dave Pope (right), Flame Trust is a registered charity with a distinct ethos.
Through its projects and networks, the organisation works in four key areas:
In addition, tours and events bring insight and challenge to audiences in the UK and overseas.
Our office is operational part time - Tel: 01384 232786.
Jackie Eames will be happy to help you with any queries relating to the tours and other projects. If she is not at her desk, please leave a message and she will call you back as and when she can. You can also Contact Us here
Thank you for your visit - please come back soon.
Latest News / Update - 29th April
We are so grateful to our partners who have donated to the Playground Project. Please see here latest news on the project.
Romania is on lockdown through until 15th May so Calin’s visit early this month had to be postponed. However, we are in communication with the Director of the home, and we are forging ahead with design plans and researching landscapers and playground provision suppliers. The interest continues to be wonderfully encouraging, and although the completion date will have to be extended, we are still confident that we shall be delivering an excellent facility. We will keep you posted, but again thank you for your wonderful support.
Chaplaincy - Our contact with the chaplaincy network which we established 16 months ago is being maintained, and we are researching the possibilities of delivering support and encouragement to students across the network in different ways. Young people will have a lot of time to invest over these next few weeks, but that will also reveal a measure of challenge and insight where input and support may well be necessary. Please pray for Gerry Denston and all of our chaplains as we determine what we should do for such a time as this.
For our SPECIAL 20th ANNIVERSARY TIME OUT FAMILY CONFERENCE we are returning to Paignton. As ever, the event will provide an ideal opportunity for an autumn break, and for this 20th Anniversary year we are delighted to be able to welcome back Rev David Coffey, former Baptist Union President and well-loved speaker, supported with other guests.
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