Volunteers urgently needed
The Narrowgate Night Shelter are urgently wanting volunteers to help enable the project run as smoothly as possible.
Please let us know that you are interested in helping us by completing your details at the following link:
Manchester City Mission are looking for someone wo lead a team of volunteers in the fulfilment of the night-by-night tasks associated with providing a night shelter for homeless people at the Narrowgate Night Shelter. To support the Narrowgate Chaplain in this ministry of incarnation, compassion and proclamation. This is a salaried position and will require weekend night time working. A mature Christian faith is an occupational requirement for this role. (37.5 hours per week)
First screening of applications will be done on Monday 13th April.
Please send an email for an application pack to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com
We are in urgent need of the following items, and would be ever so grateful if you could help us, no matter how small!
1] New (packaged) mens socks and underwear, boxers are the most popular
2] We need the following core items …
- Instant Coffee – ordinary standard coffee, not decaffeinated
- Irish stew (tinned)
- Milk – long life semi skimmed milk is best due to ease of storage
- Pasta sauce
- Tinned Tuna
- Chilli con carne tins
- Packets of biscuits
- juice conentrates (cordial or squash types)
- Anything that you might put on toast in the morning, and that comes in a jar
- Tins of soup. Thick soup are best
- Tinned potatoes
- Tinned hot dog sausages
- (Please note, we regret that we aren’t able to accept donations of home made food.)
If you can help at all with any of these items, no matter how great or small, please contact us at the Mission office on (0161) 736 7959
The Drop-in at the Windsor Christian Centre would like to invite you to their Easter Service led by the Mission’s Chaplain, Nick Stirling, on Thursday 2nd April at 11am. All are welcome
The address is The Windsor Drop In Centre, Windsor Christian Centre, Churchill Way, Salford – if you will be using a satnav system, it will find us a M6 5QX
Recently I was asked by the BBC to comment on the way rough sleepers are counted by local authorities. Most people who work with the homeless don’t take the figures produced by the annual count seriously. The criteria are too rigid for most and produce a figure that is unrealistically low. In order to be included in the annual tally of street homelessness you need to be:
- sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments). ….in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations, or “bashes”)
Even by these standards the invalid man in John chapter 5 would have qualified. Bedded down amongst other sick and disabled people, totally dependant on the kindness of others, this man seemed to have lost hope. He had no one to help him he said. To our horror we discover that he had been in this condition for 38 years!
We tend to treat the beginning of a new year as a kind of maker for progress. How far have we come in the last 12 months? what are our hopes and expectations for the next 12 months? However, after 38 years of not making any progress, we can understand why this man was suffering from what one man calls “acquired helplessness” – that sense that no matter how hard we try, nothing we do ever changes anything. And this for 38 years!
Jesus restored this man with an enabling command. As the man responded in obedience he was healed.
It strikes me that this is the key to overcoming the sense of hopelessness. Simple faith filled obedience.
At MCM we meet our share of people who have learned that no matter what they do, they cannot change their lives. It may be because of drink or drugs or something else. It is always to do with the disabling effects of sin.
At MCM It is our privilege and calling to present the Gospel to those we meet. Those who choose to obey the Gospel find healing and hope restored. Like this disabled man they are made well.