During Lent last year (2013) the Thursday Home Group followed the same Lent Course as other groups. As readers of the newsletter may remember, the course was concerned with our use of our time, talents and money, with quite an emphasis on the money! At any rate our discussions came back time and time again to how we spend our money and we decided that those who wanted would put a few pence into a tin when we felt able to on Thursday afternoons. At the end of Lent this year we added up the collection and, after paying for our tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits, we found that we had £50. It was decided to give this to St Mungo’s, the charity for homeless people, which has recently merged with another charity and is now called St Mungo’s Broadway.
In acknowledging our donation, they told us about their work and we thought this might be of interest to readers of the newsletter –
We provide a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and work to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.
Your support allows us to do so much more than just provide a roof. Our specialist healthcare, training and employment teams are dedicated to helping homeless people recover from their experiences and really turn their lives around for good. Last year our Skills and Employment team supported over 1,700 people to find work, training, further education or take part in a range of other activities. We also supported 1,500 people with their mental health and substance use problems.
Thank you so much for helping us bring hope to homeless men and women.
The group is currently studying the Gospel of St Luke – do please join us any Thursday at 1.20 pm in church.
THE THURSDAY GROUP