The New Year is a strange thing out here in that it falls in the middle of the summer holidays, with industry shutting down for a few weeks, so most people don't go back to work until the second week of January. Schools only went back last week and so The Gathering's Homework Club only just started this week and won't do a full week until next week.
Wednesday and Thursday were brilliant as The gathering's Homework Club kicked off again and welcomed 11 new kids and 21 returnees. The Homework Club is full now and we have quite a waiting list which is great.
Having learnt a few lessons last year, we started the year with a few ground rules and boundaries which seemed to go well, I guess time will tell. The big difference though is that we now have eight kids per session so Precious (our facilitator) can't sit down, so she was constantly walking around the table and that kept things a lot more orderly.
Our Soup Kitchen never skipped a beat over the holiday period thanks to our brilliant church members, and so it felt a little like business as usual, though it was great to be doing it on a Homework Club day again.
Once again it was a hot day but The Gathering fed 80 people as well as filling a lot of pots. It really is a privilege to serve in this way, especially when the need is so obvious and so genuine .
Thank you Lord for letting us serve the community!