Each year, Lepton Methodist Church choose an overseas charity and a local charity to support.
On the theme of books, this year members chose to support a library in a village in Cambodia by donating money and locally, New Hall Woman Prison, Flockton, by supplying books for their library.
Working with the charity, Speaking Volumes, £250 was raised, which it matched pound-for-pound. New Hall Prison, was consulted as to the type of Christian book that would be acceptable.
Canon Jane Clay of the Prison Chaplaincy was very keen to choose books, which were bought through Christian Books in Byram Street.
She suggested some Bibles would be a useful addition to their library, and Gideon’s International stepped in to provide those free of charge – this left the church with spare cash, so the initial order of books was duplicated so giving the prison books and Bibles at no cost!
The topics of the Christian books selected included: healing, dealing with grief and depression, prayer and how to pray, and also some pictorial Bibles. Details of Speaking Volumes can be found at www.speakingvolumes.org.uk .
Anyone who would like help on a similar project, should contact either Naomi Sharp or any Church member. Geoff Wilson said: “We are greatly indebted to church members, Speaking Volumes, Gideon’s International and Christian Books Huddersfield, for without their help, this project could not have happened.”