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May 2015 News

Connecting with the community

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Ps. Heather Hall with local resident Lois Photo: Provided

As a way of getting to know people in their community, Toowoomba Wesleyan Methodist pastors Rod and Heather Hall simply introduce themselves to people who live close to their church. 

“Initially, Rod and I went around at Easter time and we took Easter eggs door to door and said hello to people,” said Heather. “We have continued to engage with around 150 houses around the church.”

They now take any opportunity to drop by and visit people in their community.

At Christmas time they take boxes of shortbread to wish them a Merry Christmas and invite them to Christmas events.  

“On Fathers day we went around the streets giving dads a free coffee and a paper,” said Heather.

“One of our favourite things to do to connect with people around us is to take ‘a home-made hug’ door to door,” she said.

A home made hug is a container of home made biscuits.  

“It’s great the reception we get.”

Heather said that they have seen people come to their church as a result, but that is not the main goal.  

“It’s just about loving people as Christ loved us, and it’s just so rewarding for us and for them when you see that the people we visit are happy to have someone be friendly.”

“I think that what we do is mostly making them feel valued.”

As a result of visiting people, Heather said they have become aware of the needs in the community. They have identified that the biggest issue is loneliness.

“Lois is one local lady who started coming along to our morning teas as a result of our letterbox drops. Then she started coming to church and she continues to be a blessing to all of us.”

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