"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven."
The "season" for Bread of Life started 25 years ago. At first it was a small group of folk from St.Ninian's Church concerned to "be the church" outside the church walls.
We continued for a little while voluntarily until it got too big for us and we employed a part-time Community Worker for 15 hours per week. The season was growing – we established ourselves as a Community Trust. The generosity and vision of Alf and Valerie Youell, and the support of the Blenheim Trust, gave us a house to rent in Riley Cres.
It was a time to plant and grow . . . more staff, a Manager, OSCAR, Community Workers, Sheets 'n'Things, Contracts, so we soon outgrew Riley Cres. We were so blessed that the late Alf Youell and his wife Valerie really believed in what we were doing and the property at Stephenson St. was purchased with the support of the Blenheim Trust. More staff, more programmes, more contracts, building additions... years of growth.
Val Seatter grew and managed Bread of Life, we were being recognised for the assistance we gave to the disadvantaged folk in our community. Three years ago Val retired and the Trust places on record our appreciation of her Administrative skills in her years as Manager.
Brian Gull was appointed as our new Manager and with his unique giftings it has been a new season of growth and vision with dreams unleashed. My season as Chairperson has ended. It was an exciting and blessed journey. I left the Trust confident that Bread of Life is in good hands. Hilary Hitchens is the Chairperson and she brings many skills and wide experience to the role. We have a wonderful Board of Trustees, amazing gifted and dedicated staff, a Manager with vision and experience and the support of the community. Bread of Life is in good hands.
"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven" Only God knows what He has in store for Bread of Life.... But it will be good.
Thank you for your interest and support of Bread of Life. It is appreciated.
The Bread of Life Board of Trustees, all the staff and many members of the community would like to take this opportunity to honour Grace for her love, support and kindness to all of us over many years. It is impossible to measure just how far-reaching her ministry has been. However, many thousands have been touched in one way or another during that time. Many, many more will be touched in the future. We are sure that one day when you stand before the Lord He will say "well done, my good and faithful servant". It truly is a great honour to have worked with you Grace, enjoy your well deserved retirement. May the Lord bless you for many more years.