Our bereavement café meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10am at Christ Church vestry.
This is a safe place for people to come who have been bereaved, with people ready to listen over a nice cup of tea. The group is open to those of all faiths and none.
Contact the Parish Office for more details.
"Tin in a Bin" is run from St Mary’s Church. This is the local collection service for our nearby food banks. If you are struggling to buy food for yourself or your family, we may be able to help. Please contact the Parish Office in complete confidence.
The Parish is actively involved in assisting with Forest Night Shelter, which is currently based in at Walthamstow YMCA, on Forest Road. Forest Night Shelter helps those who are on the streets to get a bed for the night and a warm meal. If you want to get off the streets, click here.
This year our Parish will be helping to run the Night Shelter on Tuesday nights through the winter months. Perhaps you would like to help? Please note, you must be 18 or over to volunteer. What we are looking for is for each volunteer to do the following:
- Prepare a meal for around ten people and to take it to the YMCA at about 6.30-7pm on a Tuesday, where it can be warmed up (the YMCA does not have sufficient kitchen facilities for meals to be prepared on site).
- Meet service users, serve the food and stay with service users whilst they eat, offering hospitality and a friendly face.
- Clear up and wash up around 9pm.
Whereas night shelters used to be run out of church halls, the benefit of running from the YMCA is that service users can access a proper bed in a private room, and bathroom facilities. This provides a better level of dignity and care, and it also means that volunteers are not needed through the night.
Professional members of staff will be on site at all times, and all relevant safeguarding procedures will be followed.
The more people that volunteer, the less everyone had to do! Even if you can only do a couple of Tuesdays through the winter, please do contact the Parish Office (see our contact page for more details).
Pastoral Visits & Prayers
Every week we visit people who can't make it to our services for reasons of age or illness, to offer them communion and to provide company and support where we can. If you or your loved one would like to receive a visit or home communion, please contact the Parish Office so that we can arrange this.
If you or your loved one is in need of prayer due to ill health or for any other reason, please let us know and we would be very pleased to add you to our prayer list.