Exeter Neonatal - Hampers for Easter
Easter is a time to mark the resurrection of Christ. The heart of our faith and the key moment in time that changed the world and man kind forever.
It represents new starts, new beginnings and new life.
Nothing captures this more than new babies. At this time of year Spring starts to surround us with God's creation in all its glory, doing what it does best as it wakes up, restores and brings new life.
Psalms 139 says "I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well."
A verse that talks of our creator. Is there anything that shows just how awesome our creator is more than the journey of pregnancy and birth. A baby conceived in love and brought to life is the purist example of God's hand at work, his love for his creation and his will for humanity.
Having a baby is the ultimate new start. Changing relationships, friendships, marriage and family in a beautiful irreversible way. The wonder of a new baby brings infectious joy to all those around it.
However the world we live in is hard and sometimes painful. The gift of life doesn't always come easy and for some families their babies come in to the world fighting.
This was the reality we were faced with.
Born in need of open heart surgery our baby found herself on the Exeter neonatal ward, followed by high dependence, followed by Bristol cardiac ward.
The neonatal ward is a bubble. Living inside it makes the world on the outside seem to be moving faster than on the inside. You find yourself floating still and quiet inside while people continue around you. You sit. Staff and family come and go around you and still you sit. Waiting. Unpredictable and tense these anxiety filled bubbles put strain on everyone inside them.
The prayers lifted up to the Lord from ourselves and our loved ones filled us with a tangible peace and strength that filled us and sustained us long after we brought Maddi home but as needed and valuable as this was there was also a practical need that needed to be filled.
Matthew 25:35-40 - "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." Then the righteous will answer him saying "Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?" And the King will answer them "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."
This verse is a call to the practical. To feed and to clothe. To wash the feet of those who come weary and in need just as the King did.
Our God is a God of abundance, generous, he loves to give and as his children we are called to imitate him. When we give we demonstrate God's character. In Matthew 5 it says Christians are the light to the world. We give generously because he was first so generous to us.
It is with this heart to provide that we feel called to act and Chosen Woman's ministry partnered with Bridge Church, Wear Love Out and I am His woman's ministry are filling hampers to give to Exeter Neonatal this Easter.
Two hampers to bless and provide. One for babies, and one for families, and we would love to receive anything you would like to contribute.
All you need to do is simply pick things off the list below and get them to myself or Bridge Church before Easter.
We pray these hampers will ease the stress for these parents while they battle this frightening and lonely time in their lives. As these families are braking, far away from home, their families and other children we can take away the worry of the day to day by providing basic items, healthy foods, and home comforts.
For the babies
Tiny / prem babygrows
Tiny / prem vest
For the families
Tea / coffee / fruit teas / hot chocolate
Multi pack cereals
Tinned soups and baked beans etc
Biscuits and cakes
New / second hand books
Puzzle books / packs of cards / small games