Church Notices

Help for the Homeless

The Waterside Churches Together

Christian care in action on the Waterside……. ‘The Crossings Project ‘

You may recall the work done by a small group of Christian volunteers who prepared and ran a night shelter for the homeless during last winter in the Waterside area.

It was brave initiative by churches in the Waterside and volunteers from the Beaulieu Abbey Church were among those who helped.  For a number of reasons it was not successful in attracting the homeless to make use of the offer. Those who were involved in last winter’s project have been re-evaluating the project in order to develop a more realistic alternative.

What is now planned is a drop-in Centre for the homeless and marginalised, run initially from the Jordan Room at St John’s in Hythe on two mornings a week. Volunteers are being trained to offer a welcome, a listening ear, a referral service to other agencies, computer help in accessing on-line support as well as tea, coffee warm clothing and practical help.
In the longer term it is hoped to find alternative accommodation that can be open every day, and can offer a wider range of services including a washing machine, showers and warm meals.

The new name of the project is ‘The Crossings’ – and that is now the registered charity name.
This is surely a vital part of the church’s outreach mission, seeking to bring God’s love in very practical ways to those who so often remain unnoticed and in the margins and shadows of our busy world.

A Crossings project web site is in development which will provide details of how you can help.

John Hughes