The first frost of the autumn was visible on the vicarage lawn last week and the nights especially are becoming distinctly cooler, and our thoughts begin to turn towards those for whom winter is very difficult. At diocesan standing committee I heard about a project to create a “rolling night shelter” for the homeless in Wrexham, which has the highest per capita homelessness problem in Wales. The idea is that seven churches (or their halls) will open their doors (one night a week each), and offer homeless people a hot meal & a warm dry bed for the night.
They ran a successful trial last year over the coldest spell in March using three churches, so they know it will work. This is a major undertaking and obviously the churches in and around Wrexham need our support to make it work.
So often when we see homeless people we don’t know how to respond. Now we can help by donating some of the items we may have cluttering our airing cupboards, money to help provide the items we can’t donate, and meals, and possibly by volunteering to help run the shelter-setting up, preparing simple meals, providing company to talk to the guests, (training will be provided).
It’s a chance for us to show our love to Christ himself who said:
“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
With every blessing,
Items required for the winter homeless shelter:
Hand towels, socks, single fitted sheets, single duvets and covers, pillows and cases, single mattress toppers and protectors. Please bring to the vicarage.