Picking up the Pieces is the welfare/outreach arm of Penrith Church of Christ.
It began in 2002 with Women In Need, an outreach to the working girls on the Great Western Highway between Mount Druitt and Minchinbury.
Since 2002, it has grown to include:
• A mobile hospitality trailer which serves meals each Wednesday night alternating between a local Department of Housing complex (Torton Place) and the homeless community who meet in Penrith in a central location in the CBD. This outreach to the homeless is done in partnership with a local community organisation called Mama Lana’s Community Foundation.
• Community Festivals. We endeavour to hold three festivals a year – Easter, Spring and Christmas Eve.
These festivals are provided free of charge to the community and are aimed at families and children. Through the festivals we are seeking to make connections with families who might be interested in joining us for other activities including Youth, Kid’s Church and our Sister2Sister (Women’s Ministry) events. We also want to be proactive in building community cohesiveness which is a key objective in Penrith City Council’s five year plan.
• Emergency Food Hampers. We provide emergency food hampers for those doing it tough and who need a hand to get through a rough patch. Referrals come through the Department of Housing, Wentworth Area House and Penrith City Council.
• Our Christmas Day Lunch is for anyone who finds themselves alone on Christmas Day. Our volunteers come from both within the church and the community. Local businesses help with donations of food and gifts. We seek to provide a welcoming, family atmosphere in order to create a happy and memorable Christmas for everyone who joins us.
• Women in Need continues to function every Thursday night in the same location. Over the years we have experimented with other areas but have found that it is harder to maintain an ongoing and significant relationship with the girls when they are too far out of our area.
In all of these endeavours we simply want to be Jesus’ hands and feet to a hurting and broken world. We want to shine His light in the dark places.
We believe compassion opens the door to miracles and transformation – physically and spiritually. But compassion that isn’t personal isn’t compassion. Biblical compassion rolls up its sleeves and crosses the road to get involved.
Compassion is our motivation – salvation is our goal.