Bethany Care Shelter – playing our part

Granton Parish Church has again volunteered our catering talents in support of the Bethany Winter Care Shelter.

The Care Shelter provides rough sleepers with a place to go for the night where they can find shelter, a hot meal and a warm place to sleep over the winter, from November until April.

The service is run by a skeleton staff from Bethany and relies on around 800 volunteers from churches across the Lothian’s who provide church venues for service users to sleep in on a nightly rota basis as well as preparing and serving hot food to homeless people on the premises.

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We are allocated dates for cooking each winter. Alan and Sandra Summers are the co-ordinators for our Bethany work and look for volunteers to make up a Team of up to 7 people each night to help with cooking and serving a filling two-course meal between 6pm and 11pm and driving the minibus to pick up the service users from the city centre between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

bethanyhelpWe would like to involve as many people as possible in this project and if you would like to know more, or volunteer your time and skills, please speak to Alan or Sandra (contact details below). Even if you feel unable to help with the Care Shelter nights, we would welcome your prayers in support of this project.

As well as providing the volunteers, we provide the food for the evening meal and the breakfast. To help fund this, there is a ‘Bethany Box’ at the rear of the Church, between the exit doors, where donations can be left after each Sunday Service so that we can buy the necessary food for the meals. All money raised from donations will be put towards the running of the Care Shelter nights at Granton.

Email Sandra or Alan on Sandra.summers@granton.org.uk or alan@granton.org.uk

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