A big thank you to Agherton Parish who have taken part in the Baby Basics 4-week challenge. Baby Basics is one of the projects run by Connor’s Centre of Mission based in the Connect Base, Shankill Road, Belfast.
The rector, Rev. Stephen Fielding encouraged the congregation to take part in the Baby Basics challenge which involves buying a few extra items along with the weekly shop; items such as baby equipment, toiletries and baby clothes and then bringing them along to church for a period of 4 weeks. The final date for the collection at Agherton was Sunday 20th May which was also Pentecost Sunday. As the congregation focussed on Pentecost and the birth of the church, it was a fitting way to mark this special date by handing over their donations to Baby Basics which gives assistance to families who have just had a new birth of their own.
Jill Hamilton was invited to speak at the service about Baby Basics Belfast and share some stories about the families who are being supported through the project. Jill was delighted to receive the items collected by the parish. They are a very welcome addition to the Baby Basics store of resources. The Connect Base has a room dedicated to Baby Basics where all the items donated by churches who have supported the project so far are stored. These items don’t stay in storage for long as Baby Basics Belfast is proving to be a very well used resource. Local health professionals and charity workers working with vulnerable families refer their clients to Baby Basics Belfast and the number of referrals each month is growing. Last year the project supported 53 families and so far this year, over 60 families have received Baby Basics packs.
So, it is always a great encouragement when a church in the diocese supports the initiative by taking part in our 4- week challenge. Without the generosity of churches Baby Basics would not be able to continue to support needy families in the Belfast area.