Every person is created in God’s image and should be treated with equal dignity and respect. We recognise that in our society many experience disadvantage and exclusion. Through our affiliation to Inclusive Church, we affirm a theological imperative to work for justice and inclusion for all. The PCC has made a statement about Racial Justice and Inclusion, and offers some Questions and Answers around this issue. This statement will contribute to a broader Social Justice statement, as part of a new Mission Action Plan (currently being written). We are already committed to working with our sister organisation 4All, the local Foodbank, the Robes nightshelter project, L’Arche, Citizens UK, and Christian Aid. The Coronavirus pandemic has starkly revealed inequalities of all kinds in our society.
Outward in Community
The Incarnation of Christ shows us how much God loves the human family. At All Saints we aim to live out God’s deep love for the planet, and for all who are disadvantaged, excluded and marginalised. We try to reflect this in our daily lives and though involvement with justice activities and projects.
The Robes Homeless Project
The Robes Homeless Project has operated overnight shelters and we have supported this mostly through cooking suppers. The charity is currently looking at its options for how they might provide support to its guests safely during the coming winter.
Lambeth Citizens UK has met by Zoom over the last few months. They have been particularly concerned about the digital divide, racial injustice, mental health issues and the need to support people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
Norwood and Brixton Foodbank
The Foodbank has closed its distribution centres and become a delivery service from its warehouse in Streatham.
Different people from All Saints already support the work of the Brixton and Norwood foodbank in various ways: telephone contacting, delivery driving, donating food, financial support. Maybe you could consider offering your help, too, to support the work of the Brixton and Norwood Foodbank.
1. Directly to the foodbank at St Margaret’s, Barcombe Ave. There is a drop box outside the main door. The warehouse is open for food donations Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Please see the foodbank website for the vehicle access and parking restrictions to the warehouse which is now in Streatham Hill LTN (Low Traffic Neighbourhood).
2. Leaving food in a drop box if your local supermarket has one. The foodbank website has a list of supermarkets currently doing this.
3. Leaving food in the drop box in All Saints. This will be emptied weekly on a Friday. This is something we can all do.
4. Donating food on line using your own on-line ordering system then asking your supermarket to deliver directly to the foodbank warehouse at St Margaret’s
1. To be a delivery driver – Monday to Friday at times of your choosing to fit round your other commitments.
2. To help inside the warehouse – this includes sorting donations, filling delivery boxes and many more vital activities.
Giving can be in the form of regular donations which, if you are a UK tax payer, can be gift aided, giving on line and leaving a legacy.