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Bags of fun in Eaton

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When lockdown came in the Spring of 2020, everyone had to change the way they lived, and many people suffered as a result. In addition to changing the way they “did church”, the Eaton churches – St Andrew’s and Christ Church – wondered how they could help the many families who were undergoing hardship and how they could reach out into the community at this difficult time.

As well as providing everyday practical help, the two churches started providing activity packs for families. For example, instead of running the Holiday Club for children last summer, which was not possible due to COVID restrictions, the two churches distributed a very popular children’s activity pack. It was so much in demand, in fact, that over double the original quantity was needed and more than 70 packs of games and other activities were distributed.

At Harvest time, families were again asked if they would like to have an activity pack – the result was overwhelming, with over 100 families requesting, and receiving, a pack with craft and cookery items. The theme was a Christian one: thankfulness for God’s goodness and the wonders of the world around us.

This Easter, the packs were back!  This time, over 150 families were able to enjoy them. They were distributed by volunteers from Christ Church and St Andrew’s. Material from the packs was used in a virtual Easter Workshop run by the churches. Many thanks to all involved.

Photos courtesy of Vivien Humber and John Ladd.