A year ago the church Leaders in the city gathered to discuss what visually seemed to be a growing problem with people sleeping rough in Chichester. The church in Chichester, like many towns and cities, has a track record with working with those trapped in poverty for many years. Our church alone in Chichester has been providing hot meals each week for forty years, from the Family Centre.
Out of these conversations a desire to do more to serve some of the most vulnerable in the city emerged; a vision we have called HEART (Homeless Empowerment And Relational Transformation). Our initial aim this winter is to increase from the hot meals provided twice a week and once bi-weekly, to once per day. Some will be breakfasts, some lunches and some evening meals.
We are therefore looking for cooks, set up teams and hosts from the churches in the city. You may only be able to volunteer once a month or once a week, but please come along to a HEART Open Evening on Wednesday 17thOctober at St Pancras Church to hear more about the plans.