Outlook Issue 12 Winter 2010
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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In our thoughts …. Hundreds of young men and women of 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) based at Rock Barracks, Woodbridge, gathered at St. Mary’s for a special service before their deployment to Afghanistan. For some, this was their first deployment; for others, a return to this particular theatre of war. But for all, it was a time of very mixed emotions: anticipation of putting their training into active service; apprehension of what lies ahead; sadness at leaving loved ones behind to watch, wait and pray. With their families, they were joined by representatives of the local community, together with the clergy and congregation. They were led in worship by their Chaplain, Revd. Andrew Earl, who also travelled to Afghanistan with them. During this service, the Regimental Paschal was lit and this will be repeated at every service in St. Mary’s until the last of them has returned. They will be constantly remembered during services as St. Mary’s prays for their safe return and for loved ones who are left behind. A special service was also arranged by the Woodbridge branch of the RAF Association to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Britain in 1940. Some members of the congregation had personal memories of the events of 1940 and it was a privilege to have them present. A student for Christmas? Are you spending Christmas at home this year? Would you consider including an international student from a university in the UK in your plans? Many overseas stu- dents are unable to return home at Christmas and would love to spend two or three days in a real home rather than an empty hall of residence. Your link with a student would be arranged by the established national charity HOST which seeks to match hosts and guests who will enjoy one another’s company. Every HOST visit, whether for Christmas or for a weekend during the year, is a one-off although lasting friend- ships are often formed. If you would like to know more please see www.hostuk.org or call regional organiser David Patey on 01508 483838. On Behalf of Home-Start Suffolk Coastal I would like to thank your congregation for their kind donations to our charity during August. Home-Start Suffolk Coastal is a charity which has provided support to families locally for over 10years. We support families for whom life is an uphill struggle. Families we support must reside is the Suffolk Coastal District, and have at least 1 child under 5 living at home. Over the Past year we have provided support to over 80 families who live in the district, helping out families with twins, triplets, Mental Health problems, medical difficulties, and families who are Isolated to name a few. Support is provided by volunteers who are parents themselves or have some experience of parenting, and last year our 50 volunteers provided over 13,000 hours of support to families. Volunteers visit as a friend, bringing whatever is needed, a confidential listening ear, help with entertaining and playing with children, an extra pair of hands and eyes, and support to help a family through a difficult time. Recent events have included a ‘Wine Tasting’ Evening at St. Mary’s Hall, Woodbridge, which helped to raise much needed funds. The Scheme is always looking for new Volunteers to join us in visiting local families, preparation training and ongoing support & training is provided to all volunteers. We are also in need of new Directors, to oversee the running of the scheme, and to provide ongoing Governance, Structure and Guidance to the charity. If you would like to know more about support to your family, want to find out about volunteering opportunities, or would like to know more about our fundraising events please contact Nicola on 01394 389402, or visit www.home-startsuffolkcoastal.btik.com Tara Somers, Senior Co-ordinator