Enfield Winter Night Shelter

On the 7th of July we attended a thanksgiving service at Enfield Baptist Church for the Enfield and Haringey Night Shelter which was followed by a general meeting. Last winter churches in both boroughs offered their premises on a rota basis so that twelve homeless people (normally about eight men and four women) from each borough had a roof over their head, as well as an evening meal and breakfast during the winter. All the guests were referred to the umbrella organisation, All People All Places, as being suitable for a church-run shelter run by volunteers.

There were talks from various volunteers including from St Alphege’s, Edmonton and St Luke’s, Clay Hill, Enfield. Both said it was a joy to share God’s love in a practical way, as well as getting to know their fellow volunteers. Homeless people are referred from various statutory and voluntary bodies. Although neither church has a particularly large congregation, both found that it was easy to enlist volunteers, and that lots of food was donated. As there is already a well tried and tested structure for the way that the shelter is run, the individual shelters are never starting from scratch. Volunteers work in three shifts and then there is the preparation and clearing up afterwards. The overall impression one gained from the volunteers was that they were looking forward eagerly to being of service next winter, in which there will be a shelter specifically for Enfield, open over a three-month period from December to March. So volunteer churches and individuals are needed.

Josie & Malcolm Green,  Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George’s Parish Enfield

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Welwyn Garden City examines Climate Change

Welwyn Garden City Peace Plaque in the Peace Garden

Welwyn Garden City Peace Plaque in the Peace Garden

Justice and Peace has been praying and fasting for the Climate for several months now, and Welwyn Garden City hosted the July 1st event, only a few days after Pope Francis’s encyclical (Laudato Si) was published. Over 60 people, from various Hertfordshire parishes, gathered at Our Lady Queen of Apostles church. Continue reading

Our next Pray and Fast for the Climate Vigil !

Next vigil: July 1stOver 6 months since we took on our pledge to Pray and Fast for the Climate and with 6 Vigils behind us, we approach the next 6 months with hope and enthusiasm! We mark the 1st of each month with prayer and fasting in solidarity with Yeb Sano, leader of the Filipino climate delegation who during the UN interim Climate talks 2013 promised to fast on the 1st of every month until some decision was taken over climate change.

Our next Vigil is set to be one of the most diverse, moving and inspirational yet! Taking place at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. The evening will include parish representatives from Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. We will hear first hand of how Climate change is damaging some of the poorest and most neglected parts of our world and how we as a community and as a Church can work to stop it. The evening will conclude with a chance to break our fast together over a simple meal.

The evening will take place on Wednesday 1st July and starts at 7:00pm (finishing at around 9:00pm) in the Parish Hall at Our Lady of Apostles, 141 Woodhall Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 3TP. Please join us in this important act of solidarity and prayer.

Please see below for a map of the area.