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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Church members lend helping hands

MEMBERS of the Lisburn congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spent Saturday September 17 working together on a community service project called 'Helping Hands.'

Over 40 volunteers helped paint several rooms of Seymour House nursing home in Dunmurry and added some winter protection to the garden furniture.

Brenda Ballard, project co-ordinator for the church, explained the reasons for choosing Seymour House:" The nurses were very good to my Pappy" she said. "For almost two years they took care of him and our family never forgot what Seymour House did for him.

"On the day of service the staff were super and made sure we were alright. Now and then they would pop in to see how we were getting on. We had lots of fun."

Stephen Torrans, Elders Woodworth and Hoffman and retired painter and decorator John Torrans who took part in the 'Helping Hands' project at Seymour House nursing home. �S39-753SPThe project was part of the international 'Helping Hands' church service pro-gramme to beautify, and improve local communities.
Bishop James Parker, leader of the Lisburn branch of the church, said: "Members of the church are committed to following the example of Jesus Christ in giving genuine service.

"It's our way of reaching out to our fellow-men."

Established four years ago in Brazil, the 'Helping Hands' day of service has now become one of the largest global service projects involving hundreds of thousands of Latter-Day Saints and their friends.