Our small congregation at St Matthew’s, Taita has recently been overwhelmed by the love of God expressed through the abundance and generosity of our sister church in Avalon. For a long time Holy Trinity, Avalon, has supported St Matthew’s Foodbank with donations of food (mostly tinned and dry food) which tops up the fresh fruit and vegetables delivered via St Vincent de Paul’s. This last month, their generosity has reached an entirely new level as the call went out for warm winter clothing for children. Several of our congregation are grandmothers raising their grandchildren on very limited budgets. Bags upon bags of new and near new clothing have been gratefully received by families in the local Women’s refuge, and many of our own families. An added twist to this story came when 2 shop assistants at an upmarket children’s clothing store heard about the need for children’s clothing and provided wonderful clothes from their own families and contacts. God is indeed good.
St Matthew’s Parish is so grateful. To see the children bounce into the church on Sunday proudly showing off their gloves, tights, jackets and other warm clothing brings a huge smile to my face. It has been a wonderful example of how loving Christian community works at its best.
God bless all those who have responded with such generosity and love. May we all be encouraged to give wherever we can.
Donations of good used gumboots, jackets and children’s shoes are very welcome. Please contact Rev Robyn McLay (027 348 7730)