The Kirk is working with the Island Pregnancy Centre (IPC) this year on a new mission project to provide support and encouragement to new mothers who are either disadvantaged or lack robust social supports. The collaboration will see these mothers and their new babies receive baskets of goods intended especially to help them through the first few months of life.
This spring we have collected a variety of goods that new babies need – everything from diapers and baby wipes, to soothers, baby clothing, baby blankets, toys, and board books. Our objective has been to collect sufficient goods to make up baskets of goodies for three new mothers, but the response has been excellent, meaning that we may be able to offer support to many more mothers than that.
The IPC is assisting about 90 mothers this year, so the need is great. We intend to hold another collection for similar items in the fall of 2022, in order to help at least three more new mothers along the opening stage of their parenting journey. We are fortunate to have received a Synod of the Atlantic Provinces mission grant to assist with these endeavours, so our own Kirk offerings will be multiplied!
We are delighted to be helping these new mothers celebrate their babies. We are also grateful for all of the support that this new initiative has received from the congregation. Its support for this new venture will make a real difference in our community.