COVID-19

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.

Urgent Soup Kitchen Appeal

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 will be developing a non-referral, non-contact food bank to run out of the church over the next few days. This will require a great deal of trust, some willing (and well) volunteers, and the generosity of others. 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. Whilst we work on the systems to ensure our service can run effectively and safely, there are a number of things that you can help with now.

1. Donate food and supplies.

In order to provide this service, we need donations. We already have a limited stock of essentials, but envisage that demand may be high. Beginning from Wednesday, 18th March, 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:

  • Jars/pouches of baby food.
  • Tinned soup.
  • Tinned vegetables/fruit.
  • Rice.
  • Pasta.
  • Dried noodles.
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Long Life Milk
  • Jam
  • Breakfast Cereal

2. Donate money.

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.

3. Donate Items.

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.

4. Volunteer

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: soupkitchen@sjebp.com

Soup Kitchen

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.