Bishop Of Rochester On The Streets For Homeless Sunday

Bishop James homelessThe Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester will be sleeping out at Bromley Parish Church across the weekend of 17 and 18 January 2015, to show solidarity with the homeless, and raise awareness of their plight.
Bishop James has been involved with housing and homelessness issues for many years and is currently chairs the Trustees of Housing Justice. He said,
“Homeless people are very often marginalised and vulnerable, and can easily be cut off from sources of support. Homeless Sunday is an annual opportunity for the churches to think about these issues.  Sleeping out, as I will be doing, in no way replicates what it is like to be on the streets for a prolonged period.  But I hope in this way to raise awareness of the issues that affect homeless people and encourage others to think, pray and respond.”
Other volunteers will also be sleeping out at Bromley Parish Church.   Rev Anne Jablonski (sic) Vicar of Bromley Parish Church said, “We were invited to host this event and were delighted to be able to help. Churches Together in Central Bromley support a winter night shelter which runsfrom December to March, and through our involvement with that we have become very familiar with the challenges homeless people face. By hosting the sleepout, we hope to raise awareness of the issues the homeless face, and raise sponsorship monies which will then be divided between both Housing Justice and the Bromley winter night shelter.”
If you would like to join the sleepout, donate funds or volunteer to help at the Bromley winternight shelter, please contact Rev Anne Jablonski on 0208 464 5244.

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