Nearly 200 handmade hearts were given away in the centre of town in Kingsbridge for Valentines Day.
From bookmarks, to card, fabric and knitted, to plaited corn hearts and heart shaped biscuits, each symbol of love had its own hand written label attached with the wonderful promise from Romans 8: 38, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.”
Several people who took part on the street did so for the first time, one older lady saying that she felt moved to step out of her comfort zone and onto the street with Take Heart.
Hearts were also given to all the shopkeepers, one saying what a lovely thing it was to do, and that having eaten her biscuit with her coffee she had a lovely verse to keep. Another person said it was a really good thing to be happening – that people need to hear the message that God loves them. Rev Jackie Taylor, Rector of Kingsbridge, Dodbrooke and West Alvington, said:
“It was a time of real blessing as we gave these gifts away and an incredibly exciting thing to realise that all over Devon, messages of God’s love were going out into the communities – given as a gift. What many couldn’t get over was that we were giving a symbol of love at no cost – it was a gift given with love.”
ST WILFRIDS COWPLAIN HAMPSHIRE MARCH 2019
We had a great day of presentation and workshop.
The men made a wonderful heart for the alter based on their own logo.' the church went on to give away heart to all the year 6 leavers at school
NOV 2018 CHRIST CHURCH NAILSEA SOMERSET
Another great weekend with presentation and workshop.
Christ Church went on to give out hearts at their summer fair, and made their own 'Take Heart' welcome cards for new homes in their area.
QUOTE FROM BISHOP SARAH
(Then Bishop of Crediton Exeter - now Bishop of London)
'It is often small acts which make such an extraordinary difference to people's lives. The 'Take Heart initiative' provides a simple way to show love to others- our love and God's love. I would encourage all our churches to take part'
LOUISE TOOK HEARTS TO UGANDA
'It was awesome, I must have given out 150 hearts and left more with staff to give out over 4 slum areas.
It was so precious as I shared the verses with the women. I felt utterly blessed and privileged. I would encourage anyone to make them and give them out. One lady said as she was holding the heart she would pray the verses every night
ST ALL SAINTS SIDMOUTH DEVON 2017 & 2018
Made and gave away 300 hearts on Valentines weekend. In the rain! Had encouraging encounters with many
JULY 2018 TRINITY SCHOOL FAYRE EXETER
Children painted stones and hearts for their new reflective garden.
QUOTE 'The lad ... was doing something really new and I could see the pride on his face as he finished.'
Tim Wells Leader
QUOTE FROM 10 YR OLD DAN -MESSY CHURCH EXMOUTH MISSION COMMUNITY
'I loved doing the crafts with my mum and making the heart. I was able to give the heart I made away to someone who really loved it!'.