Serve week is upon us again! What a great opportunity serve week gives us to think creatively about how as small groups and gospel communities we can love God through loving our church and loving our town. Here’s a brief description of one serve project from last term to get you fired up…
Our group first discussed the serve project in week one after the study on James 1. James 1:27 referred to looking after widows so we chose 2 women from church who no longer have a husband to help with those house and yard jobs that suddenly become overwhelming when there is no man around to do them.
On Saturday the 4th of June (God provided perfect weather) we went to Judy Ritchie’s place in the morning and Barbara Jackson’s place in the afternoon. Laurie Armstrong, Peter Caton and John O’Connor are gifted household handymen so were able to fix a number of kitchen and household things for Judy. Margaret Armstrong, with the help of her daughter, who was previously Judy’s neighbour, re-strung a venetian blind. Scott took care of the chain-sawing in the garden while Laurie and Bronwyn helped load one ute and two trailers with sawn-off branches. Delma O’Connor, Wendy Walls, Margaret and Bronwyn removed morning glory from Judy’s avocado tree and back yard. Judy provided us with a very pleasant morning tea on her gorgeous patio. John cooked our BBQ lunch before we headed out to Barbara’s place.
At Barbara’s, Robert and Julianne Boland and Eden Caton joined the crew. Peter, John and Robert got up on the roof and removed the ineffective gutter guard that was contributing to blocked gutters. Delma, Julianne, Eden and Wendy washed windows and then everyone joined in the weeding and pruning in the garden. Barbara provided us with a much appreciated afternoon tea on her verandah and a good day was had by all, thanks be to God.