Homelessness seems like one of those topics that Christian communities are always talking about. It gets a little tiring after a while, doesn’t it? Especially when seemingly little progress gets made. It’s so easy for us to gloss over the news reports or stories about how the numbers are rising and falling, another makeshift tent city has been removed from a corner of town, or even as we walk by someone on the pavement, we ignore their cries for help.
We need to stay engaged on this topic. It continues to challenge us as engaged citizens.
The Advent and Christmas season is an important time to renew our engagement in considering those who sleep rough because, for the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time of cold, damp weather.
Most of us couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have to sleep outside on a below freezing night, or get comfortable in the backseat of a car for weeks on end.
After our Carol Service at St C’s on December 13th at 6pm a group of us are going to attempt to get a taste of what homelessness is like this Advent. Revd Penny King and I will be joining students in spending the night, 13th December, outside, in Dalton Ellis Hall grounds, next to St Chrysostom’s Church to raise awareness and funds for the Church Urban Fund’s Tackling Poverty Together campaign.
Hopefully our Posada figures of Mary, Joseph and Cocoa the donkey will join us too.
Now it’s over to you – please consider donating.
Mycah, Parish volunteer.