New Diocesan Projects.
News from our Action and Outreach Coordinator, Heather.
“Our Fun Day was a great success and there is now a fund for new projects. These are to be branch or deanery projects relevant to your area i.e.
Toast and Tea for Mums outside the school gates Equipment for your holiday clubs Meeting groups for Alzheimer patients and their carers.
I am sure you have projects in mind. Application forms will be available from Heather Johnson and Trustees will consider them all.”
Joy Bags Project
Joy Bags at Sprotborough click for link on resources page
The idea of ‘Joy Bags’ came from MU Australia and was taken up by Sprotborough MU. They are taken to people who are sick, lonely, housebound or bereaved. The wider community of the church is donating lovely but inexpensive items such as candles, hand cream and bubble bath as well as notebooks, pens, gardening gloves or magazines for male recipients.
Each gift bag contains around 7 gifts and has a tag to say it comes from MU. Every gift is wrapped and includes a prayer or verse. The response has been incredibly positive and recipients have been appreciative of the generosity, thoughts and prayers that go into each ‘bag of joy’.
Aid for Brazil Nursing Home from St Francis, West Bessacarr
Member, Margaret Jackson, went to Brazil for her son’s wedding in November 2016 and members collected many small , light weight items for a Nursing home there. Margaret’s daughter-in-law took her along to visit the home on her last visit and she wanted to do something to help the poor, elderly and very vulnerable ladies in the home. St Francis members collected flannels, pants, soaps, roll-on deodorant and other small items and Margaret visited the home and took them all after the wedding (which incidentally is at St Francis Church!!!) All the aid was very gratefully received . The branch hopes to repeat this giving the next time Margaret visits her son and daughter in law in Brazil.
This year, as well as the usual Caravan Holidays, we have paid for several coaches to take groups of people out for the day, mostly to the coast, and for lunch, including Women’s Refuge, Asylum seekers and ‘Holiday at Home’ for over 70s. Also we have sent more teenagers to the Soul Survivor Camp. Vicar of St Francis, Rev Richard Heard, quoted at the AGM of St Francis Branch that the teenagers who attended the camp have had life changing experiences!!! Wonderful.!!! This year AFIA has provided relaxation and holidays for over 150 people!