Both women and men of varying ages contribute to this ministry of love and encouragement. Cloth remnants are traced, cut, and then sown together in the shape of bears. Then polyester stuffing is used to fill the bears to make them soft and huggable.
Love bears are distributed to hospitals, police stations, fire departments, and rescue squads in our community to be used with scared and hurting children. Over one thousand five hundred bears are produced each year by volunteers from the Bayside family.
A group of ministry participants meet most Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship room to assemble bears [Refer to the church calendar in the members area for specific scheduling]. All members are encouraged to add their time, talents, and energy to this worthwhile cause. If you would like to participate, but are not able to attend Tuesday mornings, contact group participant Cassy Satberry to discuss ways you can help.
How/Why Love Bears was Started
On a quiet Sunday afternoon in 1991, a lovely young woman named Martha Love enjoyed a leisurely drive down a Tennessee highway after church. Riding along with her were her young son, Andrew, and her good friend, Fanny. Soon she would give birth to a second baby, and their family would be complete. Martha Love’s life should have stretched out for years of happiness.
But life holds no guarantees, and that day Martha lost control of her car. Later, desperate doctors saved her unborn baby, but Martha died two days later. Baby Will Love joined his brother Andrew, never to know his wonderful mother.
Later, Martha’s friends from church remembered their feelings of helplessness as they tried to comfort two year-old Andrew, afraid and lonely in the hospital, crying for the mother he would not see again. For months there ladies put their creativity and caring together and decided to launch the “Love Bears” project in Martha Love’s memory and to honor Andrew and Will.
For those of you who are new to our congregation, the Free Market is an outreach event that our church has planned for several years now. Church members donate all sorts of items (clothing of ALL sizes, kitchen items, small appliances, furniture, household items, blankets, shoes, toys, tools, etc…), volunteers organize them at the church building, and over the course of two days, we invite people in the community to come in and fill a bag for FREE. Our intention is to reach people who really NEED and to provide those individuals or families with quality items they would otherwise go without. Our hope is that they will see Christ at work within us and want to learn more about Him.
This ourtreach event is usually conducted twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall.
Bayside Church of Christ
5025 Shell Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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