Friendship centre still going strong after 32 years

In its 32nd year of operation, the Friendship Centre, of the Naracoorte Church of Christ, continues to open its doors every Thursday morning during SA school terms.

The centre is open between 10am and 12 noon. An average of 35 people attend each week, most of whom come along with their own craft project to do while in the company of others with similar interests.

Some may learn new craft techniques by showing interest and sitting near those who have the knowledge.

If the noise level in the hall from chatter is any indication of the group’s enjoyment of the time spent together, then it is a is a great place to be, especially on these cold winter mornings. The hall is heated for comfort and morning tea is served.

A small donation of $3 each morning helps offset the costs incurred.

As well as offering friendship, various worthwhile appeals are supported throughout the year. Currently, many of the participants are working on making items to include in the annual Samaritans Purse “Operation Christmas Child” Appeal – filling shoe boxes with specific items for underprivileged children, this year in Thailand.

The target is for 50 boxes to be sent from the group in September.

Knitting needles and crochet hooks are always on the move. A number of participants, and others in the community, choose to knit or crochet garments and blankets continually throughout the year, which are sent wherever there is a need world-wide.

Thousands of items have been forwarded on for this purpose over the years.

A Soup, Sandwich and Slice lunch was shared at the end of term 2, which 40 people attended.

The group welcomes anyone to join in, men or women, young or older. It is a ‘come and go as you like’ scenario, with no compulsion to stay for the whole morning, though all are welcome to do so.

Board games are available for those who like to play Scrabble, Rummicub, chess etc.

A ‘Think Spot” is shared each week – a time to reflect on aspects of life of which most would relate to, and Pastor John Stayte is available to talk things over if asked to do so.

Enquiries may be directed to Ps John Stayte, phone 0437 190 208, or Betty Francis 0459 622 288.