Saturday, November 25, 2006

Love Your Neighbourhood

I'm not long back from placement there - on a Saturday this week, rather than Friday, as I wanted to get involved in the 'Love Your Neighbourhood' project in Magheralin and Dollingstown.

So what is it, I hear you say. Love Your Neighbourhood is an outreach project, where members of the parish knock on every door in the two villages, give them a special free gift, as well as information about church and inviting them to come along. If possible, we got talking to the people, but if not, then we left the stuff in their letterbox.

Last Easter, the gift was creme eggs. This time, in the run-up to Christmas, the gift was a roll of sticky tape. What's that all about, I hear you say... Well, it's linked to Colossians 1:17 - 'He is before all things, and in him all things hold together'- obviously speaking of Jesus. It will also come in handy for people to do Christmas gift wrapping with.

So with a team of about 30 people, we started at about 10.30am and had Dollingstown done by 12.30pm, before lunchtime, and then down into Magheralin to blitz the village! I don't think I have knocked as many doors in the one day before - but really enjoyed it!

Who knows what the leaflets, and the 'random act of kindness' will achieve in the long run?

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