FROM TRAUMA TO TRANQUILITY
Lenten Service Project 2017
This Lenten season we continue our work for those who are enslaved and oppressed. Building on Plymouth's past to help those who are in need today, we bring God's shalom to those in our community. Our Lenten Service Project is not about giving things up, but taking things on that matter in the lives of people.
We are supporting Sanctuary For Families’ Anti-Trafficking Initiative by answering a request from their social worker: It has been discovered that doing things with your hands stimulates the part of the brain that promotes the healing of trauma. We will be creating special gift bags for the resilient women that SFF serves, containing items that promote tranquility, trauma relief and raise self-esteem.
Included in these kits will be Notes of Encouragement, written by the Plymouth Community at the Fellowship Hours through Lent. We have been told again and again how much these signed, hand-written notes mean to women who are making a truly courageous transition from victim to survivor, navigating the legal system with the help of Sanctuary For Families' lawyers and counselors, often alone and without family support.
Everyone is invited to join us in assembling the kits during Fellowship Hour after the Lay service April 23, the Sunday after Easter.
Each kit contains:
- An adult coloring book (provided by Plymouth's Christian Help Ministry)
- A pack of gel pens of coloring pencils (include sharpener)
- Travel sized hand lotion
- Lip balm
- Hard candies or mints
- Pack of tissues
- (5) individually wrapped herbal tea bags
For an additional touch of tranquility, include:
- A nice emery board
- A pocket book mirror
- A small pretty notebook
Our Goal is to create 100 Tranquility Kits.
Crafting for a Cause
The children of Plymouth, helped by the Plymouth Youth, are joining in the effort by creating Easter items that will be sold at Fellowship Hour on March 19 & 26. The proceeds will go to GEMS. A representative from GEMS is attending the March 19 Fellowship Hour to answer questions about their amazing work.
Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence and sex trafficking victims and their children.
GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth. GEMS works closely with Sanctuary for Families.
March mission offering
Plymouth's Mission Offering for the month of March will go to GEMS to support their worthy and unceising work in the field of anti-human trafficking.