On Monday afternoon Greg Brown received a volunteering award from Volunteering Canterbury

On Monday this week I attended the Volunteering Canterbury’s Volunteer Recognition Awards 2024 at the Christchurch Civic Office along with Angela Brown to see Greg receive a much deserved award in recognition for over 30 years of volunteer work he has done at St Barnabas.

Over those years Greg has been involved in leadership of the Youth Group, Easter Camp and St Barnabas Youth camps, including the cooking! From 2009-2022 he and Angela ran FridayZone an afterschool programme run during term time for children from our community, joined by their families for a shared meal which Greg cooked. Greg has possibly cooked hundreds of meals for youth, families, Messy Church and parish dinners over the years. He also does many extra volunteer hours over and above his paid hours making sure that St Barnabas is looking good. He sets up for lifestreams service weekly and helps set up for Playgroup every Wednesday morning. Greg has consistently gone over and above in his service to the children, youth and families of our community, especially those who are vulnerable or marginalised, for whom he’s been a strong advocate.

It was very special to have his award presented to him by Lynette Ensor, Chair of Volunteering Canterbury, who also works alongside Greg in the church office on Wednesdays.

Thanks Greg for all you have done over the years at St Barnabas! We appreciate you.

By Jo Cotton