Parish Nursing Project.
ARE you planning a new project or mission initiative but don’t quite have enough funds to get started? Perhaps a YBA Home Mission Project Grant could help?
For the first time in 2013 the YBA was able to offer these grants and was greatly encouraged by the applications made - and this year more grants are being offered. Supported projects must have a mission focus so their main aim is to benefit people from the community or network which the church is seeking to serve. The applications deadline is September 30th, 2014. Visit the website to read and download the application documents http://www.yba.org.uk/mission/home-mission/home-mission-project-grants-2014.php
HERE'S HOW ONE OF THE GRANTS HAS BEEN SPENT
AMONG last year's successful applicants was Wheatley ParkBaptist Church in Doncaster, which was awarded £2,000 to help start a new project known as Parish Nursing Wheatley.
Parish Nurse Dawn Stephens takes up the story: "The project started as a pilot in November last year and was launched to the public in January. As a Parish Nurse it has been a great honour to serve the people of Wheatley.
"I hold a drop in health clinic every week for anyone to come along to. The people I have seen in this capacity have generally wanted someone to talk to and often pray with. I have also started to hold sessions in the community in different buildings for residents to come along to. It has often been people who are too worried about bothering the GPs that seek advice from me in these sessions.
"On several occasions I have been able to advise them that a visit to a GP is important, and these clients have said they feel like they have been given 'permission' to go. I have been in touch with the local GPs also, and through correspondence with one of them have been referred a patient through the GP surgery.
"The encounters I have had with this patient and his wider family has been a blessing to me and the client says each week he feels encouraged by my visits. I offer prayer to him and his wife and this is received warmly, and we have witnessed answer to prayer as we've been praying!
"With all of the clients I have come across so far I feel God has a reason why I'm there at that time for them, and have seen real peace come to those I have been in contact with and prayed for."
Dawn adds: "I would like to thank you for the opportunity of being able to start up this project with the funds you granted us. Nearly all of the funds have been used, with the remainder expected to be used by September this year."
If you would like to know more about Parish Nursing Ministries, please visit the website on http://parishnursing.org.uk/
For a chat about how the project works locally, contact the church on 01302 322701.