Take a tour! http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/ Take a tour! Mary's Cradle was begun in Advent, 1995 as a project of Trinity United Methodist Church and has grown into a Cooperative Parish Project with a full-time Church and Community Worker and part time administrator http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24243499 24243499 We are located at Trinity United Methodist Church located on the corner of College Avenue and Washington Street, in Bluefield West Virginia. Most people are familliar with Lil Caesar's on Bland Road. We are just down College Avenue. Turn Left onto Washington, come around back and go up the six steps. Ring the door bell and we will welcome you in http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24243503 24243503 the view from the office desk we hope our sitting area is inviting and comfortable http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24245650 24245650 our office is part of the entry area http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24245649 24245649 entry area guardians can monitor their children as they complet registration or wait for assistance. http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24245651 24245651 play area We have a small play area for children. http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24244396 24244396 Books ...are an integral part of our program and with the vital assistance of a First Book grant we are able to share at least two books in each layetter we give, and have plenty of books for older siblings to add to their library. http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24243500 24243500 Lay Out? or Layette? One of our most collaborative and most successful projects is offering layette baskets to mothers who are about to deliver. Many womens' groups and individuals contribute handmade baby items, new and used infant clothing, and new mom gift bags that contain personal items for the mother-to be http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24243498 24243498 We offer clothes for newborn infants up to children wearing 4T. We also "recycle" shoes, coats, sweaters, and toys. http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24243501 24243501 Jackets Our winter clothes and jackets are available from mid-September through mid-April, and summer clothes from mid-April to mid-September. http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24243502 24243502 clothes for boys and girls are available in sizes from newborn to 4T http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=24244397 24244397 This smaller second room was used to contain items for layettes http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53053570 53053570 New Mom Gift Bags, handmade baby items, diapers and many other treasures were stored here before sharing http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53053571 53053571 http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53053576 53053576 And then they came!! A wonderful work team from Community UMC in Crofton Maryland came with over one hundred gift bags, lots of energy and a commitment to make our space and ministry even more joyful http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53055169 53055169 It wasn't just heavenly intervention but elbow grease that transformed out space http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53055170 53055170 not to mention clean up! http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53055171 53055171 sorting clothes into seasons[summer/winter], gender[girl/boy], and iszes [newborn-4t] is a huge chore http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53055173 53055173 http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53055168 53055168 and gifts from young and old helped us to celebrate our ministry once again http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53055172 53055172 New look The calming green walls and space for families to wait is inviting http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53055174 53055174 miniature crib This is a scale model of our protable cribs made by Lillian James Learning Center. http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067005 53067005 First Books to share We gice two books in each layette, and older children who accompany their parents are allowed to choose up to four books for their own! http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067002 53067002 No more wall! The lattice walls were wonderful, but there is more space now, and it's easier to keep an eye on things from the desk now http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067003 53067003 new organization Boys things are all on one side, girls on another, and everything is size organized. Even our winter jackets and coats fit on the rack! http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067004 53067004 God bless our Community partners! http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53055175 53055175 This room store items we share car seats of all sizes, layette items, and all 0-3 mos items are here http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067006 53067006 mattresses Although the cribs we contract and share are portabole sized, we are often given full sized mattresses that we are happy to share. http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067007 53067007 layette items Our layettes are constructed in laundry baskets and contain at least one handmade item and a new mom gift bag treasured by our moms http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067009 53067009 sleepers we have quite a demand for everyday items like onesies and sleepers http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067010 53067010 area for off season sorting seems we are always finding separates from the off season, who find a home here until we receive another suitable piece for an outfit http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067001 53067001 Long term storage is located in another area and holds current seasonal clothes to restock our racks http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067011 53067011 sized and ready to go upstairs! http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067012 53067012 over 100 storage containers hold both current and off season clothes,separated by size and gender http://www.maryscradle.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53067013 53067013