Members of the New Testament Assembly, Tooting, one of Britain’s most well-known Pentecostal churches in the UK, are preparing for one of the busiest seasons in the year – Christmas.
The church, has partnered with the Pentecostal Credit Union (PCU) , one of the largest credit unions in the UK, to run its Christmas Hamper program and deliver 700+ food hampers to individuals and families in need within the church as well as vulnerable people based in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
NTA Tooting’s tradition of distributing food hampers was started in 2008 by the late Rose Powell MBE, the wife of NTA co-founder, the late Bishop Melvin Powell.
Rose Powell was keen for the church to show concern for vulnerable and disadvantaged people duringthe festive season and provide food so that they could enjoy a hearty Christmas meal.
Since the inception of NTA Tooting’s Christmas Hamper programme the church has distributed over 2900+ hampers.
Food for the hampers is bought from local stores and a team of volunteers – which this year will include the teenage members of the PCU youth board – help to pack the hampers and distribute them throughout the borough.
A range of charities within Wandsworth will receive hampers including those working with the homeless, the mentally rough sleepers, victims of domestic violence and children in care. Hampers will also be distributed to luncheon clubs, churches and lone parents.
Elaine Bowes, the PCU’s Marketing Manager stated, “The PCU sees supporting the NTA Tooting’s Christmas Hamper programme as an important element of our corporate social responsibility programme and contributing to the improvement of the community we are part of in some substantial way.
The Christmas hamper programme provides an essential local social service to individuals and families in desperate need at Christmas and we feel honoured to take part in this.”
Bishop Delroy Powell, Senior Pastor of NTA Tooting is excited about his church Christmas hamper programme. He said, “I am thrilled to see this great tradition started by my late mother, Revd Amy Rose Powell continuing and reaching more and more families each year.
“The hamper campaign is a fantastic opportunity for members and friends of NTA Tooting to partner together in expressing the love and compassion of Christ to the needy areas of our community.
“One of the greatest ways that we can bless someone this Christmas is to give them the gift of hope. Not just warm sentiments and well wishes but tangible hope like the kind that translates into extended hands with a supply of groceries and other acts of mercy that serve to remind people of the true reason for the season.”
If you would like to support the NTA Christmas Hamper programme visit www.ntatooting.org.uk for details