4th October 2018
Raising the profile of the involvement of the Adventist Church in the Watford area was the aim behind another Community Day held at Stanborough Park church on Sabbath 29 September. Coinciding this with the annual Harvest Festival which would see food being distributed to the needy in the local area was an inspired decision by Enoch Kanageraj the leader of the church’s Community Chaplaincy department which sponsored the event and led to the Chairman of Watford Borough Council attending during the morning and reading the lesson in Divine Service.
During the day presentations were given by local charities informing the congregation of their work and asking for donations or volunteers to become involved with them. Following a previous Community Day last summer ‘Messy Church’ decided to support the ‘Red Box Project’ and a collection box was also placed in the church for donations of sanitary products and toiletries for girls attending local schools who were unable to afford to buy their own. A link was also established with ‘Homeless Warriors’ which provides food, clothing
etc. to the homeless of Watford. Local police officers usually attend in the afternoon offering crime prevention advice.
Many of the charities represented updated their audience on their activities since their last visit. There were also some that hadn’t attended before including the leader of the church’s Pathfinder Club, Paula Carrillo, who also gave a presentation. In a bid to help the charities with their work and ensure more efficient use of resources by co-operation and avoiding duplication of resources Enoch has set up the ‘One Vision’ project where representatives of the small charities are able to meet together to plan and network.
The church has a long-established welfare service providing clothing, household items, toys, books, food etc. to needy cases referred by social workers and organisations such as Social Services and the local branch of the Refugees’ Council. Current organiser Pat Walton received the Audentior Award for her work which is much appreciated within the area. Pat also established a weekly ‘Soup Run’ for the London’s homeless more than 30 years ago which still takes a group of volunteers into central London every Friday evening.