Over the last several weeks we have had a number of community members in hospital including students, parents and staff. When we experience hardship or significant illness we often struggle through on our own the best we can, feeling like we can manage. It is important for all of us to know that asking for help is part of being in community together and there are many ways in which the staff and families at Glennie can provide support in times of difficulty. Whether it is cooking a few meals for you, transporting children to school or just a friendly face to chat to, our community would like to be able to wrap our collective arms around you when you need just a little extra help.
As Chaplain, I am always available to visit the hospital or your home, to chat and to pray with you. Please do not hesitate to be in touch if I can assist you in any way. If you become aware of a family who may need some support please also be in contact with me so that we can offer assistance. I will put a call out to classes/tutor groups to provide some freezable meals for families that may need this and can arrange transport help or assistance at home if need be. I know we all want to do whatever we can to respond to those who are struggling. It is sometimes difficult to reach out and say we need help and therefore we don’t ask for assistance as we don’t want to be a burden on others or to trouble anyone. Please know that this is never the case, and we are willing and able to do everything possible to lend a hand to all in our school who are struggling for any reason.
It is also a privilege for me to journey with people at all stages of life. We have wonderful blessings for welcoming a new child to the world, as well as formal baptism services. The Glennie Chapel is available for weddings as well for Glennie families and Old Girls and I also spend time with families when celebrating and farewelling loved ones at the end of life, offering anointing and funeral services. Please be in contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 4688 8808 at any time.
Outside of our own school community, there are many families and individuals who are doing it tough as well. Next week in the Junior Years we are running a donation drive for nonperishable foods and warm clothes and blankets. Middle and Senior Years families are welcome to contribute to this drive by bringing items to Rev’d Sharon’s office or to Junior Years reception. Donations will be split between St Luke’s Pantry, the Salvation Army and Base Services. Also, the Toowoomba Branch of MDA (Multicultural Development Australia) is running a Toowoomba Coat Rack drive to provide warm coats for people in need. Coats can be dropped off in front of the Toowoomba Regional Library weekdays from Monday 3 June - Friday 14 June from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Volunteers are also welcome to assist during the two week period. The MDA regional manager, Kelly Buckingham, is a Glennie mum and has offered to collect coats that are dropped at Junior Years reception. Please make your donation by Tuesday morning so that they can be added to the coat rack for people in need. We thank you for your generosity with these initiatives to bless those in need in our community.
The Rev’d Sharon Mitchell