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One Church on the streets

Many of you will remember that before Christmas, we asked for volunteers and a Pot Noodle offering to show God’s love to those on the streets of Gloucester from December until the end of March. Along with Project Beacon, and other churches in Gloucester, teams have been out every night, with One Church covering 14 of the evenings – over the four months, we expect that One Church teams
will give out over 400 meals and hot drinks!

This work is targeted at reaching out to those sleeping rough, and is also relied upon by those in supported, temporary and emergency accommodation. Our aims are to reach out to
them by providing a warm drinks and snacks, signposting people to agencies appropriate to their needs and creating opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those who need it the most.

The people we meet are always grateful for the food and drinks we offer, and the teams have made many friendly relationships as they minister week-by-week. We learn the daily hardships and issues faced on the street and make these topics of prayer amongst the team.

The One Church teams have had many opportunities to pray for the people sleeping rough. Our prayers included a vast variety of requests including mothers to be reunited to their children, drug addicts to be freed from addiction, prayers to be free from suicidal thoughts, prayers of healing, prayer for the courage to change, prayers for protection and to be free from harm.

Thank you to all of you who have been involved with this project, whether you’ve been out on the streets or provided a Pot Noodle or soup – together, we are bringing the light of Jesus to those who are living in the darkness. We are trusting in God to bring about change and healing for all the people we have met.

Matthew 5: 14 – 16

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”