MU (Mothers’ Union) had a huge pile of donated blankets blessed by their Chaplain, Reverend Jenny Dawson, at the MU Lady Day Service on 4 April. The offering at the service also collected $455 for the MU project AFIA: Away From It All holidays.
The blankets will be going to the Wellington City Mission who will distribute them to those people sleeping on the streets as well as mothers and children in low quality housing, etc.
Heather Dawson Diocesan President of Mothers’ Union, MU writes: The 2016 MU diary says it is 140 years of a Christian mission organisation working with people of all faiths and none. Firmly rooted in a voluntary ethos centred on mutual respect and collaboration, it is 130 years in NZ! We need to celebrate this.
Lynne Tembey our Worldwide President wrote on Families Worldwide ‘Throughout our history members have changed lives and transformed communities by offering practical action and showing Christian concern. From the first meeting members have been encouraged to be prayerful and loving in every situation they face, being Christ-like in thought word and deed.’
The theme for the next three years in AAW is Grow in Discipleship Dreams and Dedication. I have started with Dreams…
I asked Tric Malcolm, our Wellington City Missioner if the UK project of ’sleeping bags for the homeless’ would work in Wellington. Tric replied “This sounds exciting. The City Mission doesn’t do sleeping bags for the homeless. The social services of Wellington City work really hard to get people off the street so try not to do projects that enable it. If you are keen to do something with the City Mission – we could do blankets – which can go to those sleeping on the street but also to mothers and children in low quality housing etc. (a broader range of people). Duvets would be accepted too.
The City Mission can also redistribute them to the Night Shelter and Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust and other networks. The Night Shelter would take 40 new blankets alone. People could make blankets, as well purchase blankets. Used blankets of a high quality that have been dry cleaned might also be able to be given out.”
We can start collecting blankets over Lent at each of our worship centres or bring them along to our service on Lady Day, The Annunciation of Our Lord, Service at 11am on Monday 4 April celebrating 140 years of Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Wellington, at St Mark’s, Raumati Beach.
If your parish or mission unit would like to help with this project, or need more information, please contact Heather Dawson on firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 902 1866.