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Join us for FREE at CRE, 16th - 18th October!

Posted: 1st October 2018 by Grace Davis

From October 16th to 18th Torch will be attending the Christian Resources Exhibtion at Sandown Park. We're sharing a stand with Churches For All and looking forward to a wonderful 3 days! Also present as a special guest will be long-time friend of Torch, Marilyn Baker, who will be attending to open the exhibition and perform in concert. Torch staff will be available all three days to tell the world more about our work and talk about our new campaign, Sight Loss Friendly Church!

Best of all, we've been given free tickets (on-the-door value of £8) for any of our clients, supporters and other friends! We'd love to see you there so get hold of your FREE ticket just follow this link and fill out the form: CRE free tickets.

You can find out more about CRE on their website here.


Book a Torch Holiday for 2019 Now!

Posted: 18th September 2018 by Grace Davis

There’s something for everyone at the Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre – the haven for people with sight loss! Whichever holiday you choose there are always plenty of trips out to places of interest, and excellent Christian content.

Whatever the weather, warm friendship, fun, comfortable accommodation and good food are guaranteed! You’ll be blessed physically and spiritually on a Torch Holiday.

What's more, our holiday prices are fully inclusive! That means inclusive of all meals, outings, entrance fees, event tickets and transport during the holiday.

Highlights include April's Be Loved Women’s Pamper: 'Immerse yourself in a few days of relaxation and rejuvenation at Torch HRC.' In May, our Big Church Day Out Weekend: 'Christian music festival fun at Wiston House; daily travel to the event.' And running throughout summer, our series of Summer Holidays: 'A time of fun and fellowship, with plenty of opportunities to relax or go on excursions.'

Visit our holidays web area now to read about each holiday that we're running in 2019 here. Or give Client Services a ring on 01858 438260 to book today!


Come along and celebrate at our annual Thanksgiving Day!

Posted: 6th September 2018 by Grace Davis

EvPeople singing at a Thanksgiving Serviceery year we hold a celebratory event where we give thanks to the Lord for all that has happened in our work over the past year. We lift the ongoing work of Torch, and the people who use our services, up to God and give praise together!

This year we'll be celebrating at Torch House in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9HL. The day will begin at 2pm with a service of thanksgiving and will be followed by free refreshments and open fellowship.

Our staff members will be on hand to talk about all things Torch and answer any questions you may have about our work and services we provide.

We'll also have a shop selling our large print and braille calendars. The day will draw to a close at 5pm.


Reflections Radio Extra: even more great content from Torch!

Posted: 31st August 2018 by Grace Davis

This Sunday on Reflections from Torch: Larry from the USA Loves to get under the bonnet when it comes to computers, but the real driving force in his life is is faith and trust in the Lord Jesus. Listen and be inspired.

Plus - breaking news: we now have a 30 minute version of our show, only on RNIB Connect Radio! This version will feature lots more of the content you like to hear.

Tune in this Sunday to RNIB Connect at 9 am for our first thirty minute show, or listen to Premier Christian Radio for the usual 13-minute programme at 4 pm.


Join in with TorchTalk Telephone Friendship Groups

Posted: 30th July 2018 by Grace Davis

TorchTalk is a free service which aims to bring people with sight loss together in fellowship. The groups provide Christian friendship, discussion, prayer, encouragement and fun via telephone conference calls. The groups are open to anyone with sight loss of all faiths or none.

Each Group – usually between 6 to 10 people - seeks to reflect the interests of the people involved. For example, some might prefer a closer look at key Bible passages, others a lighter social Group, and others a Book Group or Prayer Group. Each TorchTalk Group runs either weekly or monthly for up to an hour, with a trained facilitator. Group membership is open to anyone with vision impairment, free of charge (donation appreciated).

Every first Sunday of the month at 3 pm we have a Sunday Service Group, aimed at people who may not be able to get to church.

Call Client Services to register your interest on 01858 438260 or learn more online on our TorchTalk page.


TorchTalk: Sunday Service this July 1st!

Posted: 14th June 2018 by Grace Davis

Every first Sunday of the month at 3 pm is a Sunday Service Group, aimed at people who may not be able to get to church. July's theme will be 'Pour in the water and the oil'.

TorchTalk is a free service which aims to bring people with sight loss together in fellowship. The groups provide Christian friendship, discussion, prayer, encouragement and fun via telephone conference calls. The groups are open to anyone with sight loss of all faiths or none.

The Sunday service is unique in our groups as, due to the large size, it is set up so that participants ring into the group rather than waiting to be called. This means that even if you miss the start of the group, no disruption is caused by joining. Anyone is welcome and to gain access all you need to do is contact Client Services on 01858 438260 to get the phone number and code.


Join us on a summer holiday!

Posted: 23rd May 2018 by Grace Davis

This year we have not one, but two Activity Holidays for those who like a bit of adventure.  We still have spaces on Activity 2 which runs from 16-20 July; the programme includes rifle shooting, archery, swimming, 4x4 driving, canoeing, climbing, singing around the fire pit and much more.  Fancy challenging yourself? Why not come along!

Summer Breeze, our week long summer holiday from 28 July to 4 August, will be a wonderful time of fun and friendship.  We will visit the Sussex Prairie Garden, with unique planting of prairie grasses and flowers, visit the Bandstand in Eastbourne for a Sunday afternoon concert, relax in the HRC garden with games, crafts, strawberry teas and ice cream, and draw closer to God through our daily devotional time with Tony Brown. We will also enjoy an evening out at Chichester Festival Theatre where we will see ‘Me and My Girl’ which features popular numbers such as Lambeth Walk and Leaning on a Lamp-post.  A few spaces are still available; don’t delay, book today for this fun-filled holiday.

At the end of August we have added a special new holiday; Summer Sun with Marilyn Baker and Tracey Williamson, 20-24 August.  This will be a special time of relaxation, music and fun, with activities in and out of the Centre. Daily devotional and worship times lead by Marilyn will help us grow in our relationship with the Lord, and deepen our friendships with each other.

Our Hurstpierpoint Festival holiday from 24-28 September is your opportunity to immerse yourself in this annual local cultural festival.  The week’s programme will include a variety of festival events with something for every taste; classical, folk, poetry, drama, dance, art and more.  We will be making the most of as many events as we can fit into our week as well as time to relax and enjoy our Centre. We’d love to have you join us.  

Book today to avoid disappointment. Call +44 (0)1858 438260 or email info@torchtrust.org for more information or to book now. Visit our Holiday Programme page for a list of all holidays and prices, click here.


Torch appoints new CEO

Posted: 5th April 2018 by James Brookman

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I have come to know Julia over the last fourteen months since she came to Torch as Chief Develpment Officer. I have seen for myself her love for the Lord and her passion for the work of Torch. As trustees we have sensed that she is God’s person to lead Torch into the next phase.


This is a time of great opportunity for Torch to grow and develop its crucial work, reaching out to churches and communities with the love of God to people with sight loss.


Please support Julia with your prayers and your love as she shoulders this responsibility and offers herself in God’s service.


With my love and appreciation to you all,
Yours in our dear Lord’s service,
Marilyn Baker, Chair of Trustees


Sight Loss Friendly Church

Posted: 12th March 2018 by Julia Hyde

Any church which wants to be more:

Aware of sight loss and the issues

Accessible for people with sight loss

Able to reach out to people with sight loss

Right now by reading this you are helping your church to become more friendly to those with sight loss.  Torch Trust wants to be able to share expertise, advice and guidance with as many churches as possible to increase the number of church communities which fully understand sight loss.  

Why is a Sight Loss Friendly Church so important?

To raise awareness

Some churches don’t recognise that sight loss is part of the lives of their congregation.

250 people across the UK start to lose their sight every day

Sight loss can be ‘invisible’.  Some people with sight loss may continue to behave as though they can read their hymn books and recognise faces. 

“I don’t want to make a fuss about my sight loss so I haven’t told anyone.”

Let’s keep talking about sight loss so that we are encouraging others to speak up about how they feel in church.

To develop understanding

“We just want to know how to help.”  “Everyone at my church is so kind, but I still feel left out.”

Simple changes can make a big difference to someone with sight loss.  Torch Trust would like to help church communities to develop their understanding of how sight loss affects church life and celebrate the growing network of Sight Loss Friendly Churches.

Torch has expertise and resources to advise and assist churches, as well as products and services for individuals with sight loss.

What shall I do? 

Initially register your interest by filling out our contact form.  We will then send you a welcome email, our latest copy of Torch News and information and advice on how to become more Sight Loss Friendly.

We are encouraging churches to make a commitment to becoming more Sight Loss Friendly by filling out our online declaration.

We agree to become a sight loss friendly church and commit ourselves to making our church more accessible for people with sight loss.

We commit ourselves to be aware of sight loss within our church and to reflect carefully on our services, programmes and resources in order to be more fully welcoming and inclusive of people with sight loss.

If your church leadership wants to commit to becoming more Sight Loss Friendly then we can feature your church on our website map as part of our Sight Loss Friendly Church Network - connecting churches that spontaneously welcome people with sight loss to join in and find community and belonging.  

Torch will then contact the named person to offer our services and discuss how best to support your church.  For example, your church might like to invite Torch to come and work with your church directly face-to-face or we can share information and guidance electronically or on the phone.  Some churches have requested specialist training and consultation, others have requested equipment or materials such as audio bibles.  Other churches have nominated individuals to have a particular focus on welcoming those with sight loss (we call these Sight Loss Champions) and Torch offers particular training and expertise to these champions.  

Torch is happy to advise and assist any church (or any individual in a church) to raise awareness and understanding of sight loss.  No commitment to becoming more sight loss friendly is too small.  Together we can ensure that everyone can enjoy church life.  

Click here to register your interest. Or call us on 01858 438260

 

Easter Resources and our free giveaway!

Posted: 7th February 2018 by Julia Hyde

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We are delighted to offer Torch clients our free Easter giveaway!

This evangelistic booklet by William Taylor sums Easter up in three words, showing how the events of the first Good Friday and Easter Sunday are true, wonderful, and life-changing.

The companion to Christmas in Three Words, this is ideal for giving away over Easter at missions and evangelistic meetings, and to friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.

Available free in braille, large print, and on audio CD. Ring Client Services on 01858 438260

Other resources for Lent and Easter :

The Love Unknown  (Free giveaway)

This free booklet is by Derek Bingham and is published by TBF & KL Thompson Trust. It’s not actually a Lent or Easter book, but you may have noticed that Ash Wednesday and St Valentine’s are on the same day this year. The Love Unknown speaks of the greatest love of all – the love of Jesus, who sacrificed himself for us.

Available free on Audio CD, lare print or braille.

The Glory of the Cross (Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John)

by Tim Chester (Good Book Company)

In many ways, Easter is supposed to be the high-point of the year for Christians, where we remember the three days that changed history for ever. But for many of us, the day quickly comes and goes without us really feeling any different. Yet for centuries Christians around the world have marked the season of Lent—the forty days leading up to Easter—as a way of reflecting on their need for forgiveness and anticipating Christ's work on the cross.

These daily readings present deep theology in a concise and understandable way, allowing you to soak up the real meaning of Christ's death and resurrection. Each week, you'll read through one or two chapters of John's Gospel. The Sunday reading provides an introduction to the passage as a whole, while the rest of the week's reflections work through it in smaller sections. A carefully selected prayer—drawn from the rich work of writers throughout church history—is included each day.

So this Lent, prepare your heart with 47 days of short and stirring reflections from the Gospel of John.

Available in braille and large print and on DAISY audio CD. Cost: £6.99. Ref. 8843. 

Songs of The Spirit (A Psalm a day for Lent and Easter)

by Megan Daffern (SPCK)

This sequence of beautiful translations and inspiring commentary provides daily nourishment for your Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday through to Easter.

The first week of Lent explores thoughts under the rubric `It's a hard world', inspired mainly by laments. Second, `It's an unjust world', thinks about confession, imaging God as divine judge, with God's righteousness setting right humankind. `It's a big world' challenges the commonplace `it's a small world!', looking to the greatness of God worshipped in psalms as Lord of all. `It's a beautiful world' ends this sequence: with Refreshment Sunday starting the week the tone gets lighter. Sorrow and joy are mixed together in daily life - as in the Psalms, and any spiritual journey. Passiontide begins: this week considers pilgrimage. We journey deeper towards the eternal God, recalling Jesus' own journey to Jerusalem. Holy Week uses the Jewish Passover sequence of Hallel Psalms, uniting the reader to liturgical traditions. Jesus lies in the tomb, the psalms stop: pause is the reflection. The final psalms of the Psalter appropriately close this collection, realistically mingling dark notes within the streams of joy. True worship and prayer connects throughout with Christ's own prayer traditions, rippling throughout Lenten, and lived, experience.

Available in braille and large print. Cost: £9.99. Ref. 8842. 

Say it to God (In Search of Prayer)

by Luigi Gioia (Bloomsbury) – The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2018

Luigi Gioia provides a welcome encouragement to all those who feel the need to freshen their practice of prayer. For Gioia, prayer is not about methods or techniques, but trusting that God is truly interested in everything that happens to us and wants to hear about it.

The book leads the reader into the theological aspects of prayer and how it relates to Christ, to the Holy Spirit and to the Church. This is done without using complex theological concepts but simply through scriptural quotations. Chapters are kept brief intentionally to make the book suitable for daily reading over the Lenten period.

With a foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Say it to God demonstrates that the everyday, even the most mundane of tasks and situations, can be applied in deepening our practice of prayer

Available in braille and large print and on DAISY audio CD. Cost: £9.99. Ref. 8841. 

Feast + Fast (Food for Lent and Easter)

By Christian Rees (Darton Longman and Todd

As Lent approaches you may be wondering how best to mark it. Lent is traditionally a period of abstinence, so should you deny yourself little luxuries such as chocolate or alcohol? Or should you do something positive and, if so, what? How best can you nourish your body and soul through this special period in the year?

In this new and original book, Christina Rees takes us on a spiritual and culinary exploration of the Christian traditions around fasting and feasting in Lent and Easter. Christina examines the significance of our daily meals and includes recipes for quick but satisfying breakfasts, lunches and dinners through the forty days of Lent, as well ideas for an Easter feast to savour, rich in symbolism and style.

Full of spiritual wisdom as well as inspiring ideas for down to earth living, Feast + Fast offers simple and delicious nourishment to sustain you on your Lenten journey.

Christina Rees is a campaigner, broadcaster and writer, and an ex-lay member of General Synod.

Read by the author and available on DAISY audio CD. Cost: £8.99. Ref 8696. 

Please contact Client Services on 01858 438260 to order your copy.


 
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