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Missions - Near Zone
Grocery Bag and Bible Distribution
Groceries are bought from the donations received. The items which go into the bags were chosen by a qualified dietician for maximum nutritional value. The bag is intended to sustain a family of four for a month. The bags are packed by volunteers who form teams which pack the bags after a Sunday morning worship service once a month. The bags are then distributed to the most needy in the poor areas surrounding Middelburg by St Josephs Old Age Home..
Once a month a group of volunteers joins the team who distribute the grocery bags and use the opportunity to distribute bibles and speak with the people in the poor areas to provide encouragement to them and pray with them.
If you would like to get involved in either the packing or in the distribution of the bibles and praying for people then please contact the Church Office or Mike Sturgess.
The Soup Kitchen volunteer team go to the Middelburg Provincial Hospital on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:15. They take soup and rolls to feed those who are waiting at the hospital and do not have food.
How can you help? - There is a great need for soup. There is a freezer at the church for buckets of soup. Please make some soup, put it in a bucket and place it in the freezer. There is also a need for volunteers to help distribute the soup at the hospital on Tuesday mornings.
If you would like to get involved or would like to find out more information please contact the Church Office or Marina Blenkinsop.
Feeding of abused Juveniles at court
We are issued with a roster from the children’s court as to which days court proceedings will take place. This is where cases are heard for the abused children and it has been stated that it if a child has something to eat it eases their anxiety at this stressful time. The ladies take turns in filling the dates on the roster and we cater for ten children per day, providing them with sandwiches or hot dogs and adding biscuits or chips/sweets. They also have fruit and juice supplied by one of our families. The food is delivered to the court at about 08h00 and left for the authorities there to distribute.
If you would like to get involved or would like to find out more information please contact Marina Blenkinsop, Bev Neyt or the Church Office.
this is an ongoing project and members of Ladies Fellowship either knit jerseys, beanies, gloves, scarves, etc or sew track suits, tops and pants and even dresses, for children of all ages. These items are then delivered to Colleen at St Joseph’s for distribution as she knows where the need for these items exists. Ladies’ Fellowship supplies the wool and materials for these items but we also receive donations from members. We also collect second-hand clothing for distribution to the children throughout the year.
Should anyone wish to make clothing or donate an item they can contact Bev Neyt or the Church Office.
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