We have two new community members who joined us last month. Ed and Aggy Palairet both work full time; Ed works for the Soil Association monitoring food production standards etc. Ed oversees the church community allotment where fruit and veg is grown and then shared out. And Aggy works in the local NHS hospital caring for people with psychiatric issues. Aggy works on a shift rota including nights so we meet for prayers together around her work rota. Both Ed and Aggy help with worship and the children’s work at St Barnabas’, our local Anglican Church.
Val is about to go into Connaught School to assist the children with their reading, and also takes her turn with the children at Children’s Club on Sunday morning at St Barnabas. Val is also part of a team for Restorative Justice on the estate, bringing neighbours with disputes together, and helps to mediate with them them to bring about a workable outcome most of the time, but it does not work in all cases. It’s known as Restorative Approach on the estate because it was felt that the word Justice was a little bit strong for the estate! This project is supported by the local Police and Bristol City Housing Department. Although it is not a Christian based organisation, the verse “Blessed are the peacemakers” come to mind.
John and Ed help with the Men’s Breakfast that takes place at the Baptist Centre on a regular basis. John is a trustee of the Mede Community & Learning Centre and is attached to Holy Cross Church at the other end of the estate. They offer transport for the local people to go to the doctors etc at a reduced cost and also hold a mixture of community events in the building, John will be doing some volunteer work there, and he also does pastoral visiting and practical work such as helping the elderly with their gardens and decorating etc.