10 Years of Big Saturdays at St. Paul's

by Gerry Lynch last modified 17 Jul, 2013 03:30 PM

Salisbury City church celebrates a decade of transforming homes, gardens - and lives!

St Paul’s Church in Salisbury celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its Big Saturday initiative in July when 122 volunteers set out to garden, paint, clean and tidy for local people in 31 placements. Big Saturdays, which happen once a term, enable church members to volunteer to put their faith into action practically in pre-arranged placements which are referred to the church by local agencies.

Jon Langford, Associate Leader at St Paul’s, devised this model of working in 2003 and since then literally hundreds of church members, and a multitude of local individuals and families in need have been impacted through this work. Hoarders, people with enduring mental health conditions, and vulnerable families have literally seen their homes and gardens transformed, as well as those in support houses who have found themselves homeless or at risk. A partnership with the recycling centre, sees two hired trucks remove and dump all the waste, and increasingly the church is able to follow up clients with return visits and a befriending service.

“Many people now speak of St Paul’s as the church that helps people,” says Jon. “That’s a reputation we are rightly proud of, and the personal growth we see in our church members as they serve God in this way makes it so worthwhile. But above all, it is the lives of the lonely and isolated that are changed – and that can only be exciting to see!”

There are a number of employment and internship opportunities currently available at St Paul's - visit the parish website for details.

 

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