Mae Valle receives Lundie Award
In recognition of the often unnoticed work of children and young people within their churches and communities as they play their part in the mission of God, the Lundie Memorial Medal and award was created to spotlight and celebrate individuals using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect within their church, their community, their synod or even nationally.
Mae has grown up in our Church family and has always played an active role in worship preparation when part of Junior Church, Nativity play productions, helping to “shepherd” the young children into place and learn their lines/songs etc. She would prepare the craft activities for our Kangaroo Club, spending many hours cutting out shapes and craft materials. Mae has always helped at our Church fellowship events and special services.
Despite Mae having Autism with severe anxieties, and a learning disability, this has not prevented her helping others in both service of our Church and forwarding Gods Kingdom here on earth and through her work in our URC Pre-School as a volunteer assistant. Mae is currently working towards a level 2 NVQ in childcare and has learnt Makaton to help the children understand learning in a deeper way. Mae has a great way of communicating with younger children who themselves have learning challenges. Mae is also a young leader at both Brownies and Guides.
Life is difficult for all our young people especially at the moment, yet Mae rises to challenges she faces, not only in regular life but in the service of God, despite having 24-hour care and supervision herself. The Lundie Award is great recognition for someone as selfless as Mae.
Sharon Sookrah Children’s and Families Minister Harpenden URC
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