Church craft fair to help transform children’s lives

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A Christmas Craft Fair will be held in Newmills Presbyterian Church halls tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of the charity Stand By Me.

Stand By Me is a Christian charity, which for the past 20 years has been working to transform the lives of over 3,000 children worldwide who are orphaned, abandoned, abused, victims of war or disease or living in extreme poverty.

It provides care through children’s homes, schools and health, food and clean water programmes. Last October, nine people from the Portadown church experienced first hand the work of Stand By Me during a visit to Myanmar (formerly Burma) led by the Rev Gordon Best. During the trip, they had the opportunity to visit the Yangon Children’s Village which is run by Stand By Me. Currently, they care for almost 50 children of all ages, providing them with a family style environment where they can grow in a safe and nurturing environment, which provides for their physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs.

Church member Suzanne Sloan said, “We spent an afternoon at the children’s village; listening to the kids singing and making loom bands together is something I will never forget. Our afternoon was a very happy time but also an emotional and very challenging experience. We witnessed first-hand how the lives of these children were being transformed by the work of Stand By Me and its staff and yet were reminded of the many children who remain in need. “Our team were greatly impacted by our visit to the children’s village and some of us are now personally involved with the work of Stand By Me. Seeing the difference Stand By Me has made to the children in Burma and all across the world is very humbling. It has given me a passion to help Stand By Me help other children who are in desperate need.”

The fair runs from 10am-2pm and all proceeds will go to Stand By Me.