13th - Foodbank day!
For some people, the church can be a bit like a Tardis: it’s much bigger on the inside than it appears to be from the outside. We know our particular church building, squeezed between York Road and Mount Hermon Road in Woking, is a bit like that. It’s almost invisible from the road but, for those who step inside, there is a whole community which comes together, worships together, supports each other and serves our wider community.
In this series for Advent we want to open some windows so everyone can see a bit more of who we are and what goes on in a church like ours.
It’s Foodbank day! Volunteers are donning their green tunics and sitting down to pray together before the doors open.
Donations are arriving, being weighed in and then put on the supermarket style shelves.
Clients are greeted and welcomed with a warming cuppa. There is the opportunity to chat with them while their three days’ supply of food is put together, including some lovely Christmas treats. Stories are shared, maybe practical advice offered and, above all there is a friendly smile and a listening ear.
St Mary’s has been supporting Woking Foodbank since it opened in 2014. Our monthly donations seek to plug the gaps on the shelves but also to show our love for the community we live in. Even in an apparently affluent town like Woking, some people find themselves in a food crisis. So, what better time of year than Christmas to make those in need feel loved, respected and supported.
You can find more information about Woking Foodbank here https://woking.foodbank.org.uk/ including how to get help and how to get foodbank vouchers if you need them, as well as how to donate food or money, volunteer or partner with the foodbank.