Wow, talk about things moving quickly. On the 10th March Dorothy and I asked the carers what their contingency plans were and everyone seemed to be in the dark. Over the weekend Dorothy and I agreed upon a letter to give to anyone who came the following week i.e. 17th March. On 16th March the government made it clear that they did not want people to get together for any non-essential reason, even faith-based gatherings were strongly discouraged.
In that letter, we included some contact details and said that one way we would keep in touch was via this website. Hopefully, we have been able to contact most of our regular attendees to tell them where they can download this letter from.
The gist of it was that you have not been forgotten and you remain on our prayer list. We also said that if you had any particular prayer needs that you should contact us. Our best guess at the moment is that Safe Haven will start up again after the summer holidays in September but who knows.
You can also contact us using the form below.
We got the stampers and sponges out one day and this was the result. This is a brilliant piece of teamwork with carer and craftee working together.
Yes Emily came for a visit one day. She is a lovely well-behaved angora rabbit. We even had a go trying to making some felt balls from her wool.
This was one of those days when we decided to make flowers but both Dorothy and Susan had different ideas about how to make them.
We started by making a plate using papier mache then they were decorated. There are four very different plates
The craftee who made this enjoyed putting on the dots.
The craftee started this and the carer finished it off.
The carer and craftee worked together to stencil this plate but it did not work as well as they had hoped. The thing is they had a go and tried doing something different.
This one uses wrapping paper that was cut into shapes with a special cutter. There is a shape to guide a special knife that has a big handle and a little blade.
This is the inside of a church that is ready to receive visitors. We have put most of the chairs on the stage. We have put the tables out. The bowls and rolling pins are ready for action as that was a day when were making salt dough.
The tables are in the middle so Dorothy and Susan can check on how well everyone is doing. Usually, all it takes is the spark of an idea and off folks go making all kinds of beautiful things. Putting the tables out like this also means that there is plenty of room for wheelchairs to get around.
Drying paintings of course!
Every activity at Bethania has its own banner to put up just before the session starts. This is ours. It looks good doesn’t it?
One day we made some salt dough. Everyone mixed their own. There was a box of cutters people could choose from.
The dough was rolled out with little rolling pins. You could tell which carers made their own pies from the way they handled a rolling pin.
We got the large cookie cutters out. There was plenty to choose from. Once the dough was cut into shapes it was put on a baking sheet, ready for Susan to put in the car. Most of the time we remembered to put the holes in the dough so the finished product could be hung up.
Once she got home Susan put the dough in a low oven for a few hours Next week she brought them back and they were painted.
It was great to see the teamwork as craftees and carers worked together.