15th July 2009
The Haven Has Peterborough In StitchesEvery Wednesday the doors of the Peterborough Uniting Church Hall are opened and people from the community come for a cuppa, some lunch, a game of draughts, or just a chat, all for a donation. This group is known as The Haven, and the leadership is two hard working members of the congregation, Jill Walker and Phyllis Eddleston.
Recently Jill and Phyllis successfully applied for a community grant for a new sewing machine, iron and ironing board as well as cotton and other equipment, in order to offer free sewing classes for members of the community, assisted by sewing wiz, Dot Deaves, who is also a member of the church.
Amazingly, once word got out into the community, people began to come forward and make donations of three more sewing machines, a sewing cupboard, materials and another ironing board and iron.
“God’s provision has just been amazing”, Jill said.
So far courses have been running for two Wednesdays, and despite the cold weather, people have come to learn, and to refresh their skills, some of whom have had no prior contact with the church.
A local farmer provided cleaned wheat from which people have made wheat bags. Because of the grant and generous donations, all of it is offered free of charge.
“God continues to expand The Haven to meet the needs of the community” said Phyllis.