Getting Involved in the Community
At St John's we work with various charities and community groups, to support in the best ways our church fellowship can. We actively encourage everyone to get involved if they are able.
Here are some of the community projects that we are involved with:
FirmFoundation - Helping the Homeless: http://firmfoundation.org.uk/
FirmFoundation is a registered charity which helps relieve the immediate suffering of the homeless, whilst working with them to find a practical and sustainable solution to their needs. Our ethos is to demonstrate God's love for humanity in a practical, Christian way to those who are homeless, vulnerably housed or at risk of becoming homeless.
We value the image of God in all people and respect the beliefs and cultures of all whom we come into contact with.
St John's have been involved with FirmFoundation's Winter Night Shelter, where we sent three teams to the Weldon Centre in Harrow to cook, serve, share a meal and socialise with the guests. It is an extremely rewarding and humbling experience which changed all our perceptions of homelessness. It was also a stark reminder that any one of us could be as little as two wage packets away from homelessness. Our teams did an incredible job and were highly praised by the Night Shelter Co-ordinator, Fernando Da Silva for not only their participation but also for the generous donations, whether it was money, food, skills or time which all contributed to make our involvement the huge success that it was.
St John's donated a total of £2,390.95 across the year to this extremely worthy cause which supports vulnerable people in Harrow.
Harrow Food Bank - Helping Local People in Crisis https://harrow.foodbank.org.uk/
“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. Additionally, we support charities and organisations locally and in the surrounding areas by providing them with surplus stock.