Open Church for Blaby Mind Matters
Our Church was open on Saturday 8th September from 10am to 4pm for Blaby Mind Matters free Wellbeing event (a Blaby District Council initiative) and the Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust's Annual Ride and Stride event.
We had a total of 12 visitors for the Ride and Stride all eager to sign in and move on to the next Church on their list. Most of them cycled and were able to leave their bicycles in our entrance vestibule but participants could also walk, use a mobility scooter or drive a car around the route they planned.
A group from our Church visited 8/9 Churches on behalf of our Church and we would like to thank those who sponsored them. Half the sponsorship money is paid to a church, chapel or meeting house of the participant's choice. The other half contributes to the Leicestershire Historic Churches' Trust's assets and funds grants for eligible repairs and some improvements of basic facilities in churches, chapels and meeting houses.
The Vestry was open for quiet meditation while we had tables set up with Children's activities in the Church and served refreshments throughout the day. Three families joined us for the Mind Matters event.
Over Lunch we served Jacket Potatoes with either Cheese or Beans followed by Cake. This lunch was well supported by Church Folk.
Blaby Mind Matters provides a much needed support service within our community and this day was all about showcasing the places within our community where the vulnerable can feel safe and supported. Activities were also provided at Blaby Social Centre and outdoor activities were going to be available on Northfield Park but this part of the event was affected by the weather as we had heavy rain.
1 in 4 people are affected by a mental health condition at some time in their lives. This is a time we need to feel valued, understood and supported. This is what Blaby Mind Matters provides - a safe space, free from judgement, building a support network for people who may otherwise be isolated when they are at their most vulnerable.