Church Notices

Forum

On Thursday 15th March, 7.15pm-9pm, the British Heart Foundation are holding a FORUM at the Abbey Church. Based on the format of BBC's “Question Time”, an invited panel will respond to questions from the floor. The subject for the evening will be “The National Health Service; the best way forward.” Tickets will be £10 available from the Beaulieu Newsagents until 12noon.

Churches Together Night Shelter

The Waterside Winter Night Shelter.  
The Night Shelter is a Waterside Churches Together Project to
provide homeless guests from the Waterside a temporary safe
shelter, a meal and bed during the worst of the winter.
The Night Shelter is now manned and open for business on 4
evenings and at 4 locations on the Waterside.
Those who seek refuge do so through a referral system run by
various charitable agencies in our area who ensure that they meet
the strict criteria for the homeless.
Potential guests are some of the most vulnerable in our society and
are frequently afraid and intimidated by ‘normal’ society and by the
world around them so that seeking refuge, such as we are providing,
becomes a very difficult personal decision to take.
Employed staff at our Night Shelter are very experienced and
trained to understand the needs of the homeless and to encourage
them to come to our shelter, in some cases that is a long confidence
building process.
What has become very clear to those of us who have volunteered to
work at the night shelter is that the world of the truly homeless is a
very different one to that which we all enjoy.
Since December more than 60 volunteers have now received training
and are rota’d into the many tasks that are essential to ensuring
that each location runs smoothly.
Please pray for this important local project and for those who give
their time to make it happen.

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The Waterside Churches Together Night Shelter

The Waterside Churches Together Night Shelter is a practical attempt to help homeless persons in the Waterside area.  Homeless people may be offered short term shelter in Church Halls and similar buildings.  This initiative is set to start this winter, and is under the control of the Waterside Churches Trust Night Shelter Trust.  Funds are, inevitably, always welcome.

Bank details for the Trust are (sort code) 40-52-40 and (account number) 00031363.  Cheques should be made out in favour of WCT Night Shelter, and may be posted to 

David Yapp, Treasurer,  

Waterside Churches Together Night Shelter

PO Box 301,

Southampton, SO45 9AX

This project has the wholehearted support of the Abbey Church PCC.  Please remember the needs of the homeless in your prayers this Christmas.   Peter