Tackling Homelessness Together: The Lent Appeal takes a new twist
Just before Advent, the Diocese of London launched a Homelessness Appeal that has helped us raise nearly £15,000 towards a number of partner charities across the London area.
To celebrate this and refocus our minds as we move through Lent, towards the appeal’s conclusion at Easter, there is a Service of Thanksgiving, to be held at Christ Church Spitalfields on the 18 April, to highlight the contribution so far.
The Tackling Homelessness Together appeal, aims to replenish the funds that we gave to winter night shelters at the start of the appeal in November 2017.
We made these donations early as the needs of these charities were so acute during one of the coldest winters for years.
All our partner charities provide shelters and services that help people out of rough sleeping and into more stable situations.
As recent statistics have shown, the number of people sleeping rough on our streets has more than double in the past decade.
Since the launch, Bishops Pete and Adrian both attended shelters to see first-hand how our partners help the homeless.
More recently, Capital Mass organised an evening with five speakers who gave TEDx-style talks on how churches in particular can address the growing homelessness crisis.
You can watch the films of the talks on the Capital Mass website.
In early March, we will be hosting a special evening at London Diocesan House, at which parishes and partner charities can come together to discuss how best they can respond to the growing needs of homeless people in London.
A new batch of posters have been sent to every parish in the Diocese with a letter from Bishop Adrian and a reminder that this appeal runs until Easter, with a collection period afterwards.
Visit the Tackling Homelessness Together pages for ideas about how to encourage your church family, worshipping community and PCC to raise funds and help practically.
As Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40:
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.