Church on the Bus

St Anne’s Church supports the ministry of “Church on the Bus” in Chesterfield and Matlock in the work that they undertake with the homeless and disadvantaged.

There is always a shortage of basic items, especially when it is cold and wet. There is a red box at the back of Church and the items below can be left there with grateful thanks from Church on the Bus.

 

  • New Socks and Underwear are always appreciated.
  • Second-hand donations of clean shoes/trainers and washed clothes for Men and Women are useful all year round. Jeans, Shirts, Jumpers, Outer Coats especially waterproofed, Gloves, Hats and Scarves.
  • For other types of washed second-hand clothing think “outdoors” or “easily worn” for when they are in basic accommodation.
  • Sleeping Bags are always needed but not Duvet’s.
  • Towels, washing and shaving equipment, basic items such as deodorant, shampoo and sanitary items for Ladies. Toothpaste and individually packaged Toothbrushes are very useful.
  • For Church on the Bus ministry sessions we can always use Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and similar water mixes (not milk) and Squash concentrates. Biscuits are also helpful but if there is a choice focus on the drinks please.

Church on the Bus provides warmth, shelter, food and drinks, clothing, prayer and a listening ear to anyone in need. The service is run entirely by volunteers and operates every Monday and Thursday evenings in Chesterfield and Tuesday afternoons in Matlock for the homeless and those who are really struggling with life in accommodation provided through the local authorities.
 

At the start of October 2019, Church on the Bus moved its operations from the Bus to Grace Chapel in the centre of Chesterfield and Cornerstone Christian Bookshop in Matlock. This is giving them more space to serve their guests, keeping them all warm and dry at the same time. The aims of Church on the Bus are:

  • To come alongside homeless and disadvantaged people in and around Chesterfield and Matlock.
  • To create an atmosphere where all people would feel respected, valued, loved, trusted, cared for and have a sense of belonging. Within this to Listen and allow them to share their stories and difficulties.
  • To offer practical help and support where appropriate and to point them towards additional support, such as offered through Pathways, where needed.
  • To always be prepared to share the hope that we have in Jesus when asked (1 Peter 3:15).

 

You can support the ministry in 3 ways:

  1. Leaving any items listed above at the back of the church.
  2. Financial donations can be made by contacting Richard or June Powell (01246 583375)
  3. Consider volunteering at the sessions – contact Richard or June Powell

 

Church on the Bus is a registered charity within England and Wales (1127468) and a Private Limited Company by guarantee in England and Wales (06441203) registered at St. Thomas Church, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield S40 3AW.


Web address: www.churchonthebus.org.uk

email: churchonthebus@gmail.com

 

 


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