Our Lunch Club called ‘Open Door’ is an opportunity for those of a special age to meet in our church hall every Friday about 11am for a coffee and a chat, and then a hot lunch is served at midday, main course, dessert with orange and water to drink and coffee or tea to follow.
The lunches are produced by Apetito Foods and provided by Herts Community meals. The menu is varied and covers for any special dietary requirements, and the cost is £3.80 and 30p for drinks which is very reasonable. We have four teams of willing helpers who prepare, serve and wash up, and also enjoy chatting to the diners.
If transport is needed, we have a team of qualified drivers who pick up members from their homes, and deliver them home safely afterwards. For those who cannot get out on their own, it is a pleasure to look forward to at the end of each week, and at bluebell time, the rides extend to Ashridge woods.
We always try to make them feel loved on Valentine’s Day with chocolates, posies for Mother’s Day, eggs at Easter and at Harvest Festival, we send them home with flowers and homemade cakes for their tea. We sing to them and send a card on their birthdays.
Twice a month, we have a little Church service for those who like to share. There is no pressure, but we are pleased with the response. It includes a thought, a prayer and a few hymns, but it is meaningful for us all.
This year, in August, our Summer Outing was a mystery trip round the lanes of Herts and Bucks – a convoy of eight cars carry members and helpers – calling at the home of a Church member in Felden for a delicious tea, and a time to stroll in their lovely garden. The weather was very kind to us.
Last Christmas, we gathered in the very tastefully decorated church, as the snow was falling, to sing carols and hear a Christmas message, brought to us by Ruth Montacute. Then we sat down to a most delicious Christmas Lunch very ably cooked by our minister, Revd Stephen Ashby – assisted by his wife Abigail. As one member commented, ‘this meal is much better than the one we had yesterday at a reputable local restaurant’. It was such a special time and we are hoping that Stephen and Abigail are going to offer their services again this Christmas.
At the moment, we have sixteen ladies and gentlemen who come regularly. It is lovely to see them all caring and sharing for each other, and we feel privileged to be a listening ear sometimes when they have a problem.
So if you know anyone who would like to come and share with us, please give them a warm invitation. We will continue to pray for the work of this little group, that through it, each of us may come to know more of God’s love and care.
Please contact Gill or Pat on 01442 385193 for further details.