Dear Church Community,
Every Thursday something beautiful happens at Christ Church. Around 40 people come for lunch, many of whom are adults with special needs/learning difficulties. They arrive in a fleet of taxis and minibuses accompanied by carers. Most of the adults live in domiciliary homes in the local area. The carers constantly tell us that their trip to Christ Church is the highlight of their week, with the adults they care for looking forward to it all week. We strive to know the guests by name and ensure they receive a warm welcome. We long for them to know they are loved and valued by God.
The Community Centre Hall is set up in a lovely way to welcome our guests, with the tablecloths, placemats, coasters and crockery all set up ready for when they arrive. Our guests enjoy a three-course meal, starting with soup and a roll, followed by sandwhiches with crisps, pots of ice cream and then tea, coffee and a biscuit. BUT, it doesn’t end there. They are then invited through to Church for 45 minutes of singing and entertainment led by Banjo Bob (on ukulele) and accompanied on bass by Fraser. It’s a beautiful sound to hear the adults make their way through to Church with great enthusiasm about singing, playing one of the many hand-held music instruments, and sometimes dancing!
We have a tremendous team of volunteers who welcome, prepare the lunch, set up the Hall, serve the lunch, and wash up and pack away afterwards. However, due to the growing numbers attending, the current team of volunteers is short by around 4 regular helpers. We especially need more help between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to help serve the lunches in the Hall. If you think you can help, do please get in touch with me for a chat about what it involves, whether or not you might be suited and what training is needed before getting involved. You could always pop down on a Thursday and see for yourself what happens and get a taste of things before making a commitment.
There are two things I can guarantee to those who can help: (1) you’ll leave more tired than when you arrived!; and (2) you’ll leave more blessed than when you arrived!