Caring for Others
There is a strong and generous charitable spirit among Brethren, with many willingly devote their time contributing to philanthropic efforts to relieve the load on humanity. Brethren appreciate, respect and support any worthy cause to relieve the suffering of men and woman.
“for God loves a cheerful giver” 2 Corinthians 9 v7.
Fundraising and other activities such as food and clothing banks have provided substantial support to many charity and government organisations.
Many of the youths enjoy singing and playing music at rest homes and hospitals to brighten up the patients and lift staff morale. It is also a great opportunity to leave gift of treats and gospel literature.
Some of the more recent initiatives can be viewed on the PBCC blog website:
- Joining the Challenge
- Montreal Kicks in to Help On-Rock
- QLD PBCC Raise $260,000 for Flood Affected Persons Through Book Publication Sales
- PBCC Helps the Stars
- PBCC Members Rally to Raise over 3 Million for Bushfire Victims
- Community Uplift for Gold Award Winning Staveley Centre
Emergency & Disaster Relief
Rapid Relief Team – RRT
The RRT is a non-profit organisation focussed on providing assistance and refreshments to emergency personnel and local communities during times of adversity.
Mission – Supporting local communities in times and places of need.
Vision – For the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church to express to humanity, Christian Biblical principles of care and compassion, by way of benevolent relief to people in need.
Values – Effectiveness, reliability, compassion and respect.
The Rapid Relief Team is a global group of volunteers of all ages, dedicated to serving the community. As members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, we strive to practice true Christianity in our way of life. This includes being compassionate, active and contributing citizens and doing what we can to help.
This long-held practice of helping others endures to today, under the banner of the Rapid Relief Team. Below are some recent news articles relating to the Rapid Relief Team efforts:
- Rapid Relief Team Supports
- 400 Called to Fight Indianapolis Fire
- Worst Floods in a Decade Claim Lives in Germany
- Feeding the Firefighters in Tassie
- Lithgow RRT – State Mine Fire Emergency RFS Support Operations
- Smurfit Fire Demands Marathon RRT Effort
- Horrific Helicopter Accident, London January 2013
Housing & Poverty Relief
It is an objective of the Brethren Church that all Brethren families be enabled to own their own homes.
Young people entering marriage are assisted through the provision of additional finance and voluntary labour to secure suitable housing in which they can raise a family and to which they can invite other Brethren for entertainment and accommodation.
Brethren adopt an objective of equality as a key principle governing housing selection to prevent status differentiation and to provide a social environment where all Brethren families can entertain each other at home without discrimination or unnecessary distinction. This initiative, which is still in progress, has greatly advanced worldwide during the last 30 years.
The generous giving spirit among Brethren provides a constant source of help for those in need. This benevolence is all embracing and includes financial, social, pastoral, family and health assistance, and may involve guidance, training and ongoing support.
Poverty is rare but all people in needy circumstances have ready access to detailed assistance and care within the Brethren community. One of our priority objectives is to provide every member of the Church with the opportunity to be equal with other members. We do not want class distinctions to cause dysfunction, friction or division between any members of our community.
The Brethren value the extended family and we prefer our ageing members to remain in their own homes for as long as practical.
Where care is required, we try to ensure it is provided in the extended family home, taking advantage of any help provided by national governments. Respite facilities, including nursing home and supervised accommodation, are only accessed when the care required is beyond what can be provided in the home.
The decision to admit aged people to other facilities is taken only with expert medical advice and with full government assessment and supervision. At present the Brethren do not own nursing homes or supported living units but feasibility studies are being undertaken.
Some young people are considering training in nursing and aged care to this end.
Elderly people in the Church are a constant and valued part of the life of the Church and of the Brethren community; there is no retirement in the pursuit of Christianity and the Lord’s work.