Acts 9: 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas) who was always doing good and helping the poor. (N.I.V)
The Dorcas Standing Committee is the part of the P.W.A. concerned with Social Services. We take our example from Dorcas in the Book of Acts and try to help those less fortunate than ourselves. These are some of our activities:
DORCAS REPORT from Joan Thuaux: Once again a very heartfelt and sincere THANK YOU to all you beautiful people for all your help and support. Your prayers, sharing of your talents, finance and time help the Dorcas Committee. The last meeting for 2019 will be on 15th November. If you cannot come then please try to come to next year’s meetings, third Friday in February, April, June August November, A very warm welcome awaits you to all or any. Meetings start at 11am. May God’s blessing be upon you today, in the coming Christmas Season and forever.
Park Patrol takes lunches (sandwiches, fruit, drinks, etc) out to the homeless men and women in the city parks. Socks and hankies are also provided to those in need as well as warm scarves, mittens and beanies in winter. They also appreciate a warm smile, a kind word and a listening ear provided by our volunteers. Special packs are distributed at Easter and Christmas bringing the message of goodwill and Christ’s love.
Aged Care is close to our hearts. We support the work of Presbyterian Aged Care in this vital need in our community, providing assistance where required. This may be in the form of rugs for beds and aids for dementia patients or those with mobility issues as well as financial assistance as needed. Our annual ‘Christmas Cheer’ donations enable each Aged Care facility to provide a little luxury at this special time.
We also provide support for Hospital Chaplains, care parcels and clothing for Refuges, practical and financial help to Allowah Children’s Hospital and a Hospital Visitation service to those country folk who are attending city hospitals for specialised medical treatment.
These activities are funded through the generous donations and fundraising activities of our various PWAs throughout the state and the sales of cards, tea towels and merchandise.
How can I help?
Donations of men’s business socks (dark please), men’s hankies, beanies and mittens are always gratefully received. Monetary donations are very welcome. Volunteers are needed for sandwich making and deliveries, even if only occasionally. But most importantly, your prayers are requested for those in need and those assisting them.
Want to find out more?
We meet on the 3rd Friday in February, April, June, September and November at 11 am in Church Offices, 168 Chalmers St, Surry Hills
Annual Dorcas Rally for 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown restrictions.
Convenor : Mrs Joan Thuaux (02) 9810 1776
Secretary : Mrs Janet Fuller (02) 9489 2101
Treasurer : Mrs Jennifer Blake