Service of Thanksgiving for London Churches Winter Night Shelters

Service of Thanksgiving for London Churches Winter Night Shelters

09 January 2020 by Alison Tsang in Homelessness.

The Rt Hon. Stephen Timms MP, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Housing Justice are delighted to invite you to a service in thanksgiving for the work of night shelters in response to the rise in rough sleeping in London.

On a single night last November, 1,283 people were counted sleeping rough in London. On the same night, over 500 people in the city were welcomed as a guest night shelter.

In the Diocese of London alone, there are 14 church-run night shelter circuits, involving several hundred volunteers from 162 churches, covering all the five episcopal areas.

All showing the compassion of God as we serve and get to know Londoners who have found themselves homeless, and offer them a hot meal, a safe warm and dry place to sleep, and some company.

We at Capital Mass are partnering with our friends at Housing Justice at this event and would love to invite all our churches to attend- volunteers and workers.

All are welcome for what will be a very moving and uplifting service.

Be inspired by the majesty of choral music, honest first-hand accounts from the shelters, and a reflection from Rt Rev Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton and Chair of Housing Justice.

The service at 5pm on 12th February is for everyone who wants to celebrate faith action on homelessness, especially night shelter guests past and present, volunteers and staff. It will be a Christian service with a warm welcome to people of all faiths and none to take part.

Attendance is free and open to all, and we would be grateful if you could register via Eventbrite for seating purposes.


Alison Tsang

Alison Tsang

Alison heads up Compassionate Communities for the Diocese of London, particularly leading on issues around Financial Wellbeing, Modern Slavery & Refugees, and the Climate Crisis.

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