ROMANIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION

WHAT IS RICF?

RICF is a UK registered charity (no. 1063235). It was set up in 1997 by Suzie Marsden in response to the plight of abandoned and orphaned children living on the streets of Bucharest.

RICF’s vision is to see abandoned children living in families and to reduce child abandonment.

RICF’s projects are designed to prevent child abandonment and to support children who have been orphaned or abandoned through family reunification or family placement with a foster family within Romania. RICF’s abandonment prevention project provides parenting workshops, mentoring, peer support, spiritual support where this is requested, and financial support which tapers down over 12 months to avoid creating financial dependency.

WHY DO WE LOVE IT SO MUCH?

Psalm 68:6 ‘God sets the lonely in families.’

RICF is founded on the core value that children belong in loving families.

We love this project because it reaches some of the most vulnerable members of Romanian society and helps keep families together.

Through its abandonment prevention project, RICF supports mums at high risk of abandoning their baby, to help them gain the confidence and skills to care for their baby, avoiding family separation and childhood spent in care. Since starting this project in January 2010 RICF has supported more than seventy mum and baby pairs.

‘It has been exciting to see how the mums have grown in self esteem and confidence, as well as developing a close bond with their baby and developing in their parenting skills.’

Through its foster care placements, RICF provides loving substitute families for orphaned and abandoned children within their own society. RICF provides support and training for foster carers, to help them provide the best possible care to the children placed with them

HOW DO I CONNECT AND GET INVOLVED?

Pray – sign up for RICF’s email updates at www.ricf.net

Give – The work in Romania is entirely dependent on donations. The more RICF receives per month, the more families it can support through its abandonment prevention project, which costs £25 per mum and baby pair per week. The £25 covers the mother’s allowance, parenting workshops, home visits, telephone support and mentoring through the month. Could your homegroup support this?

Visit – RICF is very happy to arrange visits to meet up with our team in Bucharest and find out more about our projects on the ground.

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Lego Club

Come and display your construction skills at our primary school aged Lego Club. Chat Lego, make friends, get new ideas, competitions, snacks and drink also provided. Parents supervision required.

Megacentre Rayleigh – 4.15-5.30pm
13TH JAN
27TH JAN
10TH FEB
24TH FEB
9TH MAR
23RD MAR

 

Re:Fuel

Simply a time of Worship, Prophecy and Ministry. All welcome!

New dates in January

Youth

Regular get togethers for food, games, fun, trips to Base Jump, Adventure Island, Bowling etc. Year 7+

FRIDAYS – 7.30PM – VARIED VENUES

Family Groups

PARENTING TEENS COURSE – ALT WEDNESDAYS – RAYLEIGH – 8PM

GROWBABY TODDLER GROUP – MEGACENTRE RAYLEIGH – 10AM – 13TH JUNE, 11TH JULY

Alpha Course

An opportunity to explore the meaning of life.

Food, disucssion, community – we run around 3 Alpha Courses a year. Contact us for more info.

NEW COURSE COMING SOON

Coming Soon

BENFLEET GROUP

CRAFTY LADIES

Men's Events

MEN’S FOOTBALL GROUP – MONDAYS

BEER & BOARD GAMES – DATE VARIES

Book Club

A monthly book is chosen and discussed monthly; a new book is then chosen for the next month.

2ND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH – 8PM

Art Club

A beginners course for anyone interested in exploring their artistic side.

RETURNS IN OCTOBER

Housegroups

We meet together regularly (at a time other than Sunday morning) either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. There is always food (coffee & cakes) and friendship. We have an ‘open-door’ approach, so you can visit and try out any of the groups we run. There is often guitar-led worship and a talk or bible study discussion and lots of friendship.

1ST MONDAYS – GROWBABY GROUP – RAYLEIGH – 8PM

1ST & 3RD WEDNESDAYS – WICKFORD GROUP – 7.30PM

WEDNESDAYS – WESTCLIFF BIBLE STUDY – 7.30PM

WEDNESDAYS – SOUTHEND – 8PM

THURSDAYS – BITE SIZE, RAYLEIGH – 7.30PM

 

Kids Quest

Every Sunday morning we have a challenging quiz question with a great prize for the winner, like DVDs, Disney Plushes, board games, and more.

Creche

Safe and fun creche located in the main hall, allowing parents to still participate in the Sunday Morning Vineyard.

Planet Kids

Fun activities every Sunday morning for 2s to teens; songs, crafts, games, sports, puppets, healthy snacks, led by our dedicated DBS checked team. Safe and fun creche in the main hall, allowing parents to still join in the morning service.

Coffee & Cake

Free refreshments as you arrive, including filter coffee, teas, juices, as well as cakes and pastries.

Ministry

An opportunity following the talk to respond, chat to someone and receive some prayer.

Talk

Bible based 20 minute talk about developing our Christian lifestyle and putting it into practice.

Worship

Live band singing a few contemporary songs.