The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is having a devastating effect around the world. As a result, there are a number of changes to our pattern of worship, and our activities in the community. This page outlines these changes in detail, and continues to be updated.
In light of the strain on local food banks, difficulties in the food supply chain, and through our desire to reach out to the most vulnerable, we have started to run a simple, non-contact, non-referral food bank. Since 5th April, we have given out over 500 food parcels. Thanks to the generosity of White Brothers Greengrocers, we have been able to serve hot food twice a week. The Castle Food Service have been providing us with 30 meals each week to give out cold, and the local community have been incredibly supportive. We would like to stress that we also urge you, if you are able, to continue to support other local food banks, who are also desperately trying to ensure the most vulnerable are fed. You can donate directly to Hackney Food Bank here.
If you’d like to help us out, there are a number of things you can do.
In order to provide this service, we need donations. Donations can be dropped off in the open box outside the door of St John’s between the hours of 8am and 6pm (you can find us here if you’re not sure). There will be a volunteer inside the church who will rescue the donation once you have dropped it off. This is to ensure that you don’t need to touch any surfaces, and so that we can all remain safe. We would especially like the following items:
You can donate towards our response to this crisis through our Justgiving campaign. Money raised for this campaign will be used for the benefit of the whole community, regardless of faith, gender, age, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation. It will be used to support the work of Brownswood Mutual Aid and to supply the Soup Kitchen and Food Bank.
We will need a variety of items to move our Soup Kitchen to a take away service, as well as to continue to support the homeless community. You can find what we need on our Amazon Wishlist. We’re also collecting good quality used men’s and women’s clothes, and new underwear, which we take to a local hotel where some of the homeless community are currently being housed.
Our Soup Kitchen rota now has some gaps due to people needing to self isolate. Once the food bank is up and running, we will need volunteers to sort and pack food parcels. If you would like to volunteer, please drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Soup Kitchen will continue to run, although it will be a take away service only until further notice. There will also be an opportunity to take away a food parcel.