On Christmas Day at 5pm, as has been our BPC tradition for many, many years, 250 homeless people from the Bellville area were served a Christmas meal in our Rhos Street Hall. We were able to seat and serve 200 people at beautifully decorated tables while 50 people received a takeaway meal.Each person also received a gift bag of personal toiletries,chocolates, sweet, juice and water as they left. A group of 40 BPC members volunteered to plate food, serve, wash dishes and clean up afterwards as well as mingle with our guests and friends.Such an event requires lots of planning, preparation and work which begins with asking BPC members to bring a particular toiletry item each month.
Slowly everything needed for the gift bags are collected and stored until Christmas. Requests for help for the supper from the congregation in the form of cooking the meal as well as volunteers to help on the day go out in November. Every year lists are filled in time and needs are met. Thank you, BPC, for always jumping in and responding to the Holy Spirit’s prompting in this way.
During the year 4 “Captains” work tirelessly to plan and prepare and prepare and a huge thank you is due to this amazing team:
· Pam Botha and Louise Gevers: co-ordinating 200 gift bags.
· Caryl de Krielen: admin and practical support all year.
· Caroline Fourie: coordinating the event from start to finish.
· On the day, Joshua Van Zijl supervising the kitchen and Caroline Fourie the team of volunteers.
Read the full story in the February issue of BellPress magazine here
Photos taken by John Fourie: