04/04/2011

After lunch the Compass Rose group was taken up the hill to learn more about Anglican Social Action’s new inititative, Manger Project, which is currently housed in the former Boystown campus in Petropolis.

Boystown was originally an orphanage partially supported by the government. Over time government policies changed, and institutions were discouraged from keeping independent orphanages. They were mandated to start projects that would provide women with parenting options, pre-natal care, and which would support families in ways that would allow children to remain united with their birth families.

The Manger Project, which has just started, is an attempt to provide low income families and children at risk the possibility of having daycare, activities, psychological evaluation and healthcare. The Compass Rose group had the opportunity to visit some of its facilities and witness to the work that has been done in order to give babies, toddlers and children up to 6 years old proper care and pre-elementary education. Those same children automatically get enrolled in the Anglican School nearby after they get to the age of six, thus providing them a good educational background from the very beginning of their lives until they finish high school.

The former Boystown campus is also the temporary site of the new St. Michael and All Angels Mission. There used to be a chapel in the area where the school is, but financial struggles in the seventies and eighties prevented the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil from providing all of its congregations with clergy, and the congregation that once existed there was disbanded. The chapel was incorporated into the school, but new leadership and renewed missionary activities have led the Brazilian Church to discern the need for an active faith community in this area so well served by its social services.

St. Michael and All Angels Mission is planning to refurbish the facilities they are currently using in order to provide a more inspirational worship space. It is a vibrant and growing congregation with thirty-four members, which includes some parents and teachers of the nearby Anglican institutions.

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Luiz Coelho

Communications WG Member

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