Our Drop In Centre is in the heart of Narooma, around the corner from Mitre 10, opposite the Post Office. Staffed by a wonderful group of volunteers, the DinC offers second hand clothing and household articles at bargain prices, including books and records. People also drop in for a chat. Please come and visit us when next you are in town. The Revd Barry Flanagan conducts prayer in the Centre on Thursday mornings.
Open from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 12.30 pm Saturday.
Phone: 4476 3915
The Drop-in Centre - Our History.
The idea for a drop-in centre was an inspiration from Gwenda Stockton, the wife of Don, the minister of the church at that time. After much prayer, discussion and planning the property, now Wagonga Medical Centre, next to the manse was rented and prepared.
Opening day was 1st August 1998 a wonderful celebration for the members of the parish. A pink ribbon was cut, there was singing and a few speeches. Apart from selling craft items and second hand goods the centre provided help for those requiring counselling, filling in official forms, computer skills and direction to other agencies for help.
Volunteers from the church and the community joined together to keep the doors open for three days each week. The “Grow” Group was formed by Margaret Bedson and met weekly in the centre. An opportunity arose, to sub-lease the building thus assisting our rental payments. Both Dr Biggs and later Wesley Mission used rooms in the cottage and helped make the Drop-in a better and more widely known venue. We had great “Verandah Sales Days” with barbecues on the front lawn. Two years after its opening the cottage was sold and a new venue had to be found.
The tiny premises at 109 Campbell Street was rented. It was a challenge to fit all our stock into the two small rooms but on 8th August 2000 Don Stockton again cut the ribbon to open our second centre. This shop was opposite Narooma Court House so we began our monthly Court Support program, offering a friendly face and a “cuppa” to those awaiting court appearances. Quarterly outdoor sales on the vacant lot just along from the centre brought many people to browse, buy, eat and chat.
In 2007, after the sale of the Central Tilba Church, the Parish bought the premises in Mid-town Arcade and at last on 28th August the Narooma Drop-in Centre was open in its permanent location. Gwenda, who now lived in Cooma, was invited back to open the centre and cut the “pink” ribbon. In her speech she outlined how God had helped this wonderful outreach come to fruition saying, “As we give to others,, we reveal the Lord’s grace to them.”
Today the centre function efficiently 6 days a week with a volunteer staff of 30+ ably led by our co-ordinator Nancy Currey and a small committee. We hold special events including Australia’s Big Morning Tea. Court Support is still ongoing each month.
Over the last 13 years the Drop-in Centre has given to local and overseas charities. We have also helped local schools, groups and individual people in times of need. In the last twelve months the DinC has donated $31,000 to charities and outreach services.
A frequently heard comment in our centre is “We love coming to shop and browse here. It’s always a happy and friendly place.” Please drop in if you are passing!