Valentine’s Day Project for the NH State Prison for Women
Each Valentine’s Day for the past 11 years, the Woman’s Association has delivered more than 120 valentines to Pastor Beth Richeson, the Prison Chaplain at the NH State Prison for Women. Using their creative talents and lots of patience, 8-10 women lovingly create unique cards over a five week period for the inmates and the prison staff. The valentines are laced together, as prison regulations prohibit the use of staples or glue. In addition to the Valentine’s Day cards, the WA has supported the prison gardening initiative by donating funds for seeds.
The Woman’s Association has been a central part of the life of The Congregational Church of Amherst for many years. Our purpose is “to cultivate the spirit of Christ beginning with our own lives and reaching out into the home, community and throughout the world.” We devote our time and energy to support the mission of the church.
We meet Monday mornings at 9:30 to work on craft projects and, most importantly, to share fellowship together, which is key to our success. We welcome new members from the church and community, but membership is not necessary to be part of our workshops and special projects.
Our annual Holiday Fair and the Spring rummage sale enable us to carry out our mission objectives to our church, our community, and beyond. These include a yearly church pledge ($6,500 in 2009 and 2010), and special donations to support church needs and mission outreach activities. We respond to special community needs and requests for contributions from charities. In 2011 our contributions totaled $1,500 to the community and $6,100 to the church.
Workshops are Monday mornings at 9:30 in the vestry. If you can stay for lunch bring a sandwich; dessert and beverages are provided.
We would love to see new faces with new ideas and energy. If you have a talent or craft you want to share, if you have some time and would enjoy the fellowship of Monday Morning Workshops, please think about joining us. You don’t have to come to every workshop. We say, “Come when you can.” There are also opportunities to serve on our board, which meets monthly.
For more information about the WA, please call the church office at 673-3231 and you will be directed to the current president.