Churches and homeless services are coming together for a special service of commemoration for those who have died homeless.
The service with take place at 11am on Monday 25 November, St Mary’s Church in Butetown and is organised by Churches Together in the City Centre and the Bay in cooperation with many of the homeless service providers in Cardiff, including the Huggard Centre and Salvation Army.
Fr Dean Atkins, parish priest of St Mary’s Church, said, “We are so aware of the rise in homelessness and rough sleeping in recent years, and the complex situation in which many people find themselves. We hope the service will provide a safe and welcoming space for friends, families, and those who work with people who are homeless to remember those who have died.”
A recent report highlighted that the number of deaths of people who’re homeless in Wales has more than doubled in a year. In a report from the Office of National Statistics, data shows there were 25 deaths in 2018 – compared to 11 in 2017.
Traditionally, for many churches, November is a month of remembering, with such days as All Souls, All Saints and Remembrance Sunday. As Christmas draws near, and the cold weather moves in, the harsh experience of those who are homeless is even more evident.
The Service will consist of hymns, readings, song, poetry, reflection, and a time to share memories of those who have died and offer messages of support and sympathy to their friends. The service takes place at 11am and will be followed by tea, coffee and cake. All are welcome.
People who are homeless are also an area of focus of a major appeal to mark next year’s centenary of the Church In Wales. Housing Justice Cymru is one of two charities who will benefit from the Church in Wales Centenary Appeal which aims to raise at least £100,000 over the next five years.
To donate £5 please text CENTENARY to 70660.
For more information, contact:
Fr Dean Atkins
Mobile: 07368 176300