Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ministry Seeking Volunteers for Women's Center

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ministry Seeking Volunteers for Women's Center

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Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

A fledgling ministry to provide counseling and other support to pregnant women in Nassau County is looking for help so it can take flight.

Greater Nassau Women's Services plans to provide free and confidential pregnancy tests and peer counseling, said Joane Wrenn, one of the center's organizers.

The center also will provide practical support to mothers-to-be who need help. Those services will include information on community, legal and social service resources, maternity and baby clothes, formula, diapers and other baby supplies.

"We want to provide compassionate help and hope," said Jennifer Adkins, president of the center's board of directors.

While providing information on the options available to pregnant women, including keeping their baby and adoption, the Christian ministry advocates alternatives to abortion and won't provide abortion referrals.

The center also will have programs promoting sexual abstinence and provide post-abortion counseling.

Wrenn has been volunteering at Christian pregnancy care centers in San Antonio and Ogden, Utah, since the mid-1980s.

She has talked to many teenage and adult women, married and unmarried, who are scared or overwhelmed when they find out they're pregnant, Wrenn said.

"She's kind of in an emotional state when she comes in," Wrenn said. "They've done the pregnancy test and they're asking themselves, 'What do I do? Where do I go?' We want to meet her spiritual and practical needs."

Greater Nassau Women's Services volunteers also will share their Christian faith with those women who are interested, Adkins said.

"Some women don't want to hear it, and that's fine. We just want to provide them with the kind of love and hope and encouragement that we believe Christ would have," Adkins said.

Wrenn said she was surprised to find there wasn't a pregnancy care center in Nassau County when she moved to Fernandina Beach a year ago. …

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