Welcome To Flame Trust
Ongoing Problems with Royal Mail
Due to the inefficiency of the Royal Mail in delivering to our old post box in St James House, perhaps you will not be too surprised to learn that as of today – 18th August 2020 – we received a call from the new owner of the vacant building to say that there was a pile of mail addressed to Flame Trust which again had been wrongly delivered. You can imagine my reaction even though I did call down a measure of grace from above! However, I do need to make some of our partners aware that if you have written to us over the past few weeks – particularly those of you re-booking for Time Out – we have only just been able to access your mail. (This is because the old building is unoccupied and only occasionally visited by the new owner).
I do apologise for what could appear to have been Flame’s inefficiency, but for those of you who know us well, you will appreciate that we always do our very best to respond quickly and efficiently. Currently we are at the mercy of the Royal Mail.
I have written 3 times to what is termed ‘the Escalation Department’ and have not received an appropriate reply. However, today I have spoken directly to a deputy at the local sorting office who registered my anxieties and frustration and has promised to make sure that all future correspondence is correctly directed to our new office address. I can only apologise for those of you who have been waiting to hear from us.
Time Out 20th Anniversary Conference - RE-ARRANGED DATES
Due to Covid-19 we have taken the decision to re-arrange the dates of the Conference to Sunday 28 February to Thursday 4 March 2021. We have worked closely with the hotel to achieve the best possible outcome - full details here including what to do if you have already booked for the previous dates.
This will be our 20th year and despite the current circumstances, we are anticipating good attendance if the current level of interest and bookings is an indication of those wanting to come.
Despite the changed dates, should the conference ultimately be cancelled because of Covid-19, then your deposit will be returned. However, as has always been our policy, we strongly advise attendees to make sure that they have full insurance for travel and other eventualities.
Look forward to seeing you there.
I know that I don’t need to remind you of the situation that we all face in the UK at this time. The word ‘unprecedented’ is now very familiar to us all, but it is actually true, and as I commented to a colleague just the other day, it is a salient reminder of how fragile life actually is. To contemplate that a bat, in a back street market in China can bring nations to their knees, would have been unthinkable just a few months ago and yet it has happened. Being brought to our knees is the very best posture to adopt in these circumstances. Let’s continue to pray for those who have contracted the virus, for our wonderful NHS and frontline workers, for friends and family, and indeed for the leadership of our country that is having to make decisions that are good, right and true for us all at this time.
The Book of Chronicles (1 Chronicles 12:32) reminds us of the tribe of Issachar who were wonderfully respected and who had great wisdom. They were sought after by those needing to build strategy and make important decisions. We are told that ‘they understood the times and knew what should be done’. Do pray that Issachar thinking will pervade the hearts and minds of our decision makers and indeed for all of us as we consider our responsibilities at this time.
Our New Home
So this is where Flame is now based : Zoar Methodist Church in Lower Gornal, Dudley. Dave has had links with this fellowship since he was born, and on April 7th 1946, Billy Graham preached here at a Sunday evening ‘rally’.
Jackie is well established as you can see, and Calin helped with moving files and boxes. Dave was absent…maybe attending the classes shown on the posters at the front of the church?!
Established in 1992 by Dave Pope (right), Flame Trust is a registered charity with a distinct ethos.
Through its projects and networks, the organisation works in four key areas:
In addition, tours and events bring insight and challenge to audiences in the UK and overseas.
Our office is operational part time - Tel: 01384 232786.
Jackie Eames will be happy to help you with any queries relating to the tours and other projects. If she is not at her desk, please leave a message and she will call you back as and when she can. You can also Contact Us here
Thank you for your visit - please come back soon.
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