St Chrysostom’s was mentioned in Parliament on Wednesday.
In a debate on food banks in the House of Commons our local M.P. Sir Gerald Kaufman made a significant contribution to the debate during which he said:
“I attended a carol service at St Chrysostom’s, also in my constituency, at which Canon Ian Gomersall always makes an appeal. In previous years it has been about alleviating poverty abroad—helping a Romanian orphanage, for example. Last Sunday he made an appeal for food for hungry people in the area around the church. He said that the prospect was that there would be soup kitchens—soup kitchens in my constituency! He is not political, but he felt that he had to say that to a crowded congregation”
The full debate is reported in Hansard (the official Parliament record) click here.
This year we have had an appeal to help those in need in our area at Christmas and in the New Year. Over £400 has been given, as well as donations of food for a local food bank to which we refer people from church. As Fr Ian has recently said, that while reports from some parts of the country suggest some alleviation of the difficulties some find themselves in, in our area the situation at present appears to be worsening.