Stafford puts on a show to highlight its many services
By CLIFF WORTHING
A community hub day on 15 April showcased all the different Salvo services operating together at Stafford Corps in Brisbane.
“The place was rocking,” said Camille Kautereit, Stafford Family Store Manager. “We achieved our purpose to get our name out there because quite a few people mentioned they didn’t realise what was available on the corps site.”
Stafford Corps acts as a Salvos service hub, including the family store, homelessness and youth outreach teams, Moneycare, children and youth ministries, and craft and exercise groups.
Activities on the day included sausage sizzle, a bake sale, children’s games and gift bags, music by the corps band and Russell Hung, craft group displays, an exercise group, and information stalls for all the Salvo expressions on-site. Qroasters, a local business, provided free coffee, and the family store offered a 50 per cent sale.
Store volunteers showcased their talents and sustainability focus on up-cycling with such items as hand-made cushions, plants and vases made from towels.
“It was a lovely space where we could all minister,” said Captain Bronwyn Barkmeyer, Stafford Corps Officer/Team Member. “We wanted to give a sense of God’s kingdom and share the love of Jesus, not just be a community group.”
Bronwyn mentioned that the corps prayer team took prayer requests and prayed with people during the day.
“I think it’s great to see what can be achieved when we all get together as the people of God,” Bronwyn said. “It’s got to be kingdom-focused and creating space for God to work.”
Slideshow of the Stafford Corps community hub day below: