As we look back on 2017 we are so encouraged by what God has been doing – Sonia Barlow had the vision for setting up small groups of women from Christ Church to serve in different places in Woking, alongside existing ministries and stepping out into new things too.
It’s been incredible to see all that the amazing ladies have achieved working together. Here’s a summary of our Christmas giving. We made up & delivered:
- 20 gifts to the homeless at York Road
- 5 gifts to single, vulnerable or homeless women looked after by the Salvation Army Housing Association
- 109 gifts to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Day lunch
- 14 packages of Christmas hampers, toiletries or toys to families in need in the local area
- 13 gifts to families living in domestic abuse refuges
- 6 gifts to the refuges’ members of staff
We also have a team going into the York Road Homeless project each month to provide them with foot-care, chat and pampering; craft activities going on at the Women’s Refuge; visits to elderly people in West Byfleet; a tea time event and pampering at church; gardening at St Michael’s Sheerwater, and lots and lots of gifts being given to bless people in tricky situations.
You can join in too - there’s a role for every woman who wants to be involved no matter how much or how little time you have to spare. Do contact us if you’d like to find out more.
We are giving out about 50 gifts per month to people in the homeless project, women’s refuge and similar places. If you’d like to contribute to these gifts, how about buying some extra deodorant, underwear, socks, toothbrushes, bottles of water etc. when you do your weekly shop? Anything that would bless someone (male and female) who has very little to call their own. We are going to have a basket available in church (near the pigeon holes) and in the bookshop where you can drop items either during the week if you are in town shopping, or bring them when you come to church on a Sunday. In order for this to be sustainable, it would be great if we all contributed a little bit every now and then.
Further updates coming soon – in the meantime, come and join in what God is doing through the women of ChristChurch – it’s really exciting and a lot of fun!