This months post is from Rev John Mackenzie, the new team Rector of Ashford
We are just preparing for Harvest in the churches as I write this and I am focused as to how much we have to be thankful for. Whatever our financial situation, we live in a prosperous, stable country that offers a level of support to those in need – when I see pictures of life in Aleppo or in the refugee camps on the news as well as pray I am reminded of our relative well being. How do we respond to this well being? We are told to love our neighbour, but what can we do?
The Winter Night Shelter is preparing to start again this year, giving safety, support, food and comfort to those with very little as well as trying to help them away from their present homelessness. The Shelter is to run from December 12th until March 12th and help is needed to run the Shelter. The Shelter will be hosted by seven churches each responsible for one night a week. Two churches from the Ashford Parish will host – Willesborough and St. Francis. For the Shelter to be as effective as we pray it can be we need a large pool of volunteers – could you be one of them? The Winter Night Shelter has arranged some information and training days please do come and find out more. Libby at the Willesborough Church Office was a volunteer last year and would be happy to tell you more, please phone her and ask! Then come and find out what the Night Shelter is all about day is on the evening of 20th October at the Kennington URC (Faversham Road, Kennington, TN24 9AJ) starting at 7.30pm. This is especially for new or potential volunteers.
We have two training meetings – the first at Kennington URC on 17th November 7.30pm and the second at St. Mary’s Willesborough on 19th November 10.00 am. These will cover the same information so you only need attend one of them if you are able to. Please do see this as a way that our Christian faith can have a real meaning in our world – we might not be able to physically help those in Aleppo this Christmas but we can make a difference to those in Ashford.
For more information if you are a member of Great Chart or Singleton please speak to Rev Cathie Aldis