Saturday the 20th March was a Besom day when members of the St Giles congregation met to carry out a number of Besom projects to help local families.
"It is when the church gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting nothing in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly on display." Rob Bell and Velvet Elvis
All the families knew that these groups were Christians from church. The families had all been referred by Social Services.
The team: led by David Murray in Epsom
The task: to clear a garden full of all sorts of rubbish, fridges, household refuse etc
The single Dad was “over the moon” and thought everything was “just brilliant”, the next door neighbours were impressed, and the five children were happy with the fresh start that they had been given.
The team: led by John Kester in North Leatherhead
The task: to clear a garden, dismantle a bed and sofa, put up a cabin bed and paint a bedroom for a single Mum with four children
A leather sofa was delivered in the Besom van donated by someone from the Methodist church in Epsom. Was it going to fit through the doorway? Yes, thanks to Neil Kester who had spent a holiday job with a removal firm! The cabin bed that was donated by the Brewers matched the wardrobe already in the room, how wonderful was that? A bedroom was transformed by the Heywood family painting it; well done Jonathon and Mark! The result.. one much happier single Mum and four children.
The team: led by Michal and Pia Scotland in North Leatherhead
The task: to help re-organise sleeping accommodation for a family of 7 in a three bedroom house
Shelves and space were created, bedrooms re-arranged, and now a teenage Mum and baby have a special place where they can have precious bonding time together.
The team: led by Trish Heywood in North Leatherhead
The task: to help clean and tidy a bedroom, and to help to clear things up for a young couple with two young children
The result was a clearer tidier room, fun and laughter, love shown, and a happier couple.
The task: a van delivery
New to the Besom van, Neil Derby stepped up to the challenge of driving the Besom van around Epsom, Ashtead and Leatherhead; Tom Sefton took on the role of directing tricky manoeuvres, and hand signals were given by banging hands on the van for those awkward spots that the wing mirrors don’t quite get to! A brilliant job was done delivering two leather sofas, a cabin bed, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers, an oven, pots, pans etc. All part of a day’s work!
Refreshments were delivered by Karen Goodridge to keep the energy levels up, and some cookies from Jo McDougal.
What a great day. God is good.
If you would like to help, and witness God's work we would love to hear from you.
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The Besom in Ashtead Epsom & Leatherhead
Unit 3 Brook Willow Farm
Leatherhead KT22 0AN