The pandemic has been challenging for all of us and one group who have found this to be so have been the parents with young children, particularly new mums. With the loss of opportunities to attend antenatal classes, having partners or families with them for key moments of pregnancy and birth, or the lack of in-person support in the first few months of parenthood, it has been a challenging time to navigate without the usual support available. As many of you may know, over the past few years we have experienced a bit of a BEC Baby Boom! It has been a joy to welcome so many little people into our church family, but it created a real need for parents who were finding themselves in this challenging, and often lonely, time.
With all this in mind, we set up the BEC Buggy Group. Under the Scottish Government guidelines in March last year, groups of this nature were able to meet outdoors in slightly larger numbers. This gave parents in the church the opportunity to meet weekly to go for a walk and be able to have valuable fellowship together as we walked. Each Thursday a group of parents would meet in various places around Edinburgh and go for a short walk – often carefully chosen with a nearby takeaway coffee in mind for the cold Spring months!
When reflecting on the times we had together in those months of lockdown recently, one Mum referred to it as a “lifeline” in that difficult time. We are very thankful to God for giving us the opportunity to encourage and support one another during our times together and we pray for his continual blessing over the families and children in BEC.