On Sunday 2nd November we had our annual Teddy Blessing Service, before the Teddies set off on their travels.
We prepared the Church.
Norma spoke to the congregation, to bring them up to date with how this project is going, and to tell them what our special teddies have been up to in 2014.
The congregation were invited to’ bag’ the teddies in front of them in the pews, and bring them up to the front to put in our collection box (a very handy travel cot!).
We received over 500 Teddies and bags this year, 250 of which were donated to Kirkliston for their Teddy appeal for Syrian Refugee Children. The remaining Teddies went to Malawi via The Raven Trust, Argyll. The 50 blankets, 146 hats, and other knitwear went to Eastern Europe (who don’t admit the Teddies in, due to Customs regulations) via Blythswood Care, Glasgow.
Kirkliston Church appealed to its parishioners for 500 Teddies for Tragedies to send to Syrian Refugee Children, after a visit to their camps by their Minister Reverend Maggie Lane. Reverend Lane visited these camps with a small number of teddies, earlier in the year, and saw firsthand the reaction from the children when given one of these teddies. Realising the value of them, she came back and issued this challenge to her congregation.
Queensferry donated 250 of our teddies to help towards their target. They had such good response that they were able to send 900 Teddies to the Syrian Children, through the Charity ‘Tearfund. A wonderful offering!
They had a Blessing Service in October, which was quite emotional.
(We had to keep our Teddies (in the bags) separate as we needed them for our own Service the following week, after which we gave them back!)
We liked their idea of hanging them around the Church, from a rope so much we used it ourselves for our own Blessing Service. We even borrowed Kirkliston’s rope!
I was nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge by Claire Bear – Bless her!
I asked my friends Angus and Rhona to help, and Norma of course, someone had to film it for Facebook!
It was very cold and I was so wet! Everyone knows wet bears don’t smell very nice!! Anyway, I kept a smile on my face throughout and I didn’t scream! I now nominate Benji Bear, and I did this for ‘Macmillan’. I will get Norma to send them some money for me (Bears don’t have money!).
Norma asked Jeanette in Allium, if she could dress her window with ‘Teddies for Tragedies’ this year, to promote the Teddies and hopefully encourage new volunteers, and maybe win a prize at the same time. Jeanette said yes. Norma’s friend June helped her to make the accessories form the scenery and Norma adapted some of the donated teddies as Characters. Don’t worry, they will be sent along with the other donated teddies when the time comes, minus their costumes of course!