Sometimes we can all get a bit wrapped up in ourselves... so we try to find opportunities to reach out to others as well. Here's a couple of opportunities you may want to get involved in:
BMF (Baptist Missionary Fellowship)
This group, who love to provide practical support to people who are missionaries overseas, get together on the second Thursday of the month at 1.30pm. Letters, finances, and special gift packages are some of the ways this support happens. They also keep the rest of the church informed about what families overseas are doing - the things they celebrate, and the tough stuff they face and need our support and prayer for.
For more info contact Kathleen 455-8184.
Prison food bank
When people are faced with having a family member in prison - maybe the person who provided the family finances - things can be pretty grim. Each week, people from the church donate all kinds of non-perishable food, which gets gathered up and distributed to families struggling to make ends meet because of prison sentences. This is another practical way God's love can reach out in our community.
While we support TranzSend's work throughout the year, May is a special month with the Prayer and Self Denial focus. In 2011 the small watering cans were the receptacles, in 2012 a woven Thai sticky rice container.
We enjoy giving and have had a couple of glasshouses containing 350 tomato plants. Each Sunday we encourage people to take a bag of tomatoes and give them to someone, simply to bless them.
This simple act has been the catalyst for many conversations about the church, who we are and what we do.
From time to time we have other fruit to give, in 2012 we also had nectarines and apples.