Community 

Community

 
A community is a small or large social unit (a group of living things) who have something in common, such as norms, religion, values or identity. Communities often share a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighbourhood) or in virtual space through communication platforms. Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large. Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties (micro-level), “community” may also refer to large group affiliations (or macro-level), such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities. (Wikipedia)
 
At GFS we believe there is great value in our communities. We are all part of lots of communities, where we live, work, play or worship. We have been partnering with various community groups in the past to share of ourselves and resources as we have been called to do. Below are some of the community outreach we do in GFS:
 

PAMPER A NANNA

A few years ago we began helping out with the Pampa A Nanna day which is run in early December each year. This is for the “Nannas” of the Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren to come along and be pampered. St Catherine’s House of Hospitality in Tuart Hill provide a lovely venue and morning tea and lunch for everyone. GFS goes along and provides whatever support is needed for the day. In the past we have painted nails, done craft activities with the ladies, provided a “Karaoke” sing along, told jokes and most importantly provided a listening ear to those who need it. This is a wonderful group of ladies who have done and are still doing an amazing job of raising their grandchildren. GFS also provide the ladies with a bag of food goods to share with their families over Christmas.

 

 

SHARE THE DIGNITYShare the Dignity

2017 was the first time we partnered with Share the Dignity (a homeless women’s charity) to be a drop off point for their Christmas Appeal “Its in the bag”.  Some of our members also helped out with donations as well.  We managed to take a car load of donated bags and goods to Bunnings to be distributed.  We look forward to helping out with them again in the future with more ongoing support.  
 
 

PARKERVILLE CHILDREN’S HOME

ParkervilleGFS in 2017 began supporting Parkerville Children’s Home again.  Throughout our history (as early as 1924) we have supported them in various ways.  At Christmas 2017 we purchased gifts and toys for the children and youth for distribution by Parkerville.  We are looking forward to partnering with them in other community projects in the near future through our NextGen Group. 
 
 
 

PARISH COMMUNITIES

GFS has a large range of “Big Games” and we invite any Parishes or Christian organisations to borrow the games for their next event if they are free.  You can ask for help in running the games from us or just use them for your next event free of charge.  All we ask is that you supervise the use of them and clean them before returning to us please.  Contact us for what we have and availability.
 
 

ADVENT FAIR

We have been running an Advent Fair in November that coincides with the turning on of the Christmas Lights in the city.   There are dress ups in nativity costumes and photo opportunities, activities to make on the evening as well as activities and ideas to take and share with families and friends on the season of Advent.  It is generally held on the second week on a Friday in November (around 15th) and St George’s Cathedral is open for a few hours to offer Advent activities to all.
 
 
 

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

We have been very fortunate to be able to be part of the annual Christmas Pageant in Perth for many of the 45+ years it has been running.  We have been on the Nativity Float for all but 1 of these years when we walked in the pageant in costume instead.  Children from our groups dress up and participate to bring the “true meaning of Christmas” to the City of Perth.
 
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