The Open Church project is a 28 day pilot scheme to serve people affected by homelessness and crisis which will begin in January 2018 when the weather is at its worst. The project is backed and supported by local Churches, Portsmouth diocese and the Society of St James (a homeless day service). We aim to provide overnight accommodation, hot nutritious meals, friendship and support for people who are experiencing homelessness. There will be a named venue for each night of the week where up to 10 guests will travel to each evening.The scheme is a rolling shelter – one that is located at a different venue each night of the week.
Open Church Project: Four Mondays at St Swithun’s Church from 29th January
We are to join our local Churches in an extension to the provision for homeless people in our City. We are looking to do this as a Catholic community so please sign up if you can help with one of these jobs:
1. Cooking and spending time with participants during the evening (approx. 8 people)
2. Watching through the night (2 men, 2 women)
3. Waking up and providing tea and toast for breakfast, clearing up (3-4 people)
It is a project run by St James’ Society so they are providing training us at St Jude’s Church at 5.00pm on 28th November and will complete our CBS checks. (No previous experience required.) They wish to work with Churches because we offer not just tea and a roof, but community, parishioners to listen and engage with the visitors. The plan is that seven Churches will cover the whole week – our night is Monday!
We all want to help those who are out at night – this is just one small offering but maybe we can repeat it in future years.
If you are interested or need further information, please pass your contact email/telephone and name to Fr Marcin, Lisa Butler or Lucy Sayer at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.