St Martin's Church Hospital Visitor
"I have been ward visiting at the Nottingham City Hospital now for eleven years.
I enjoy working with the chaplaincy and speaking to people on the wards.
Some patients never get any other visitors and their days can be long and lonely.
Just having a chat about something specific or nothing in particular brightens their day and mine.
Jesus said that we should visit the sick.You do have to give of yourself but you receive a lot of blessings in return."
I act as the link between St Martin's and Open Doors which works to support Christians in countries where they face persecution'.
Christians face persecution in over 60 countries worldwide, in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Far East, Africa and Central America. Persecution can come from religious fanatics, tribal rivalries or insecure regimes afraid that Christians will plot against them.
Within St Martin's I head up the team organising the monthly coffee mornings, which includes baking the cakes! I am responsible for organising the annual Holiday at Home for elderly people in the area. I am also a member of St Martin's Social Committee organising meals, social activities etc.
In the community I am a member of the Singing Group at Maggie's Cancer Care Centre, responsible for introducing new songs particularly with a Christian message. I am also involved with Maggie's Needles, raising money by knitting and crochet work. Gedling Play Forum provides free play activities for children in the Gedling area and I am happy to be part of their team too.
My husband David and I provide entertainment to local nursing homes, social groups etc including Age UK (Derbyshire)
As well as supporting Joyce in many of her activities, David writes poetry based on his observations of everyday life and experiences.
About 15 years ago, having taken an early retirement, I began writing rhyming verse to get a number of concerns off my chest. This started with a number of poems about churches, and the need for a more welcoming approach to the newcomer. From this developed my writing about people as unique individuals, and their value to the community, as well as verses looking back on memories and experiences. I am at present being increasingly asked to introduce and perform my work to a variety of groups and organisations, including contributions to Sherwood Art Week, and welcome these opportunities. My poems are about real people, and actual events, and I love to share them with others.
Recently I have produced two small books of poetry and short stories, the profits from which are being donated to Children in Distress, a small charity supporting terminally ill children in hospices in Romania.
I firmly believe that a loving God make us all unique, and each of us have gifts we should share. Since attending St Martin's Church, Sherwood, my gifts (including poetry) have blossomed and been encouraged by the family there. They welcomed me in six years ago, and the Vicar and congregation have helped and prayed with me through the joys and traumas of life that we all have to face.
Copies of David's books are available at a cost of Â£2.50 each and he can be contacted on 0793 9333856.
work with the Nottingham Street Pastors Project which seeks to engage with those on the streets of the city centre to care for, listen and support them in an appropriate way. A regular night could include giving out flip flops to heel-weary ladies, administering first aid, being called to assist in a serious incident by the police or CCTV, walking a vulnerable person to a taxi, or just taking caring of someone who has had a few too many. Most of us feel we can show the love of Jesus by taking an active part in caring for those in our community who are vulnerable".
Liz heads up the Mission Committee at St Martin's and is now responsible for encouraging the congregation to support Amnesty International and send Christmas cards to prisoners of conscience in different parts of the world.
Colleen has been attending St Martin's for over 6 years.
She is a Trustee of the charity 'We are here', which offers free counselling for young people (from the age of 11yrs) and their families who are experiencing trauma. The service is available for all irrespective of race, gender or faith.