For the past few years we have been found in the town centre area of Woodbridge every Friday night from 8.30pm to approx 12.30am. Its all about being a positive presence on the streets—both physically and spiritually in prayer, serving our community, reducing the fear of crime, being around to help vulnerable people and listening and talking to people. The scheme is not outwardly evangelical, its not about telling people about God, but if people want to talk about faith and initiate the conversation then we love to talk about it! These schemes are all about building relationships in our community.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic Town Pastors are unable to continue with this ministry. We hope that one day we will be able to serve our community in this way once again.
Each week the Woodbridge Food Bank may be found at the Salvation Army Hall in New Street, Woodbridge. Anyone in need of support in the way of a food parcel or warm clothing is welcome to call in between 9.30am and 1.30pm on a Thursday. Just turn up or phone Major Alan Hill on 01394 389591. Food parcels can be delivered to anyone unable to come in person. Email: email@example.com
The hall is open for donations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. During the Coronavirus Pandemic there is more need for food parcels so we are grateful for your support.
Have you noticed someone sleeping rough?
As the weather becomes colder anyone sleeping rough is more vulnerable.
here are some useful tips:
Practical help for rough sleepers
1. You can record a sighting of a rough sleeper on Streetlink, www.streetlink.org.co.uk, connecting rough sleepers to local services. Bear in mind a few rough sleepers may refuse help of this kind in favour of independence.
2. Outreach workers in East Suffolk - this are paid professionals whose job it is to assist these people. They can be reached on 01394 383789 during office hours or 01502 52132 after hours.
3. Anyone concerned about the welfare of people should contact the Council, either by calling 0333 016 2000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, an out of hours contact number is available: 0800 4402516.
4. Woodbridge Salvation Army offer the use of a shower and collection of food parcels.
Wednesday 9.30am – 1.30pm, Thursday 9.30am – 1.30pm
- Should we give money to people who are begging? We are advised not to do so because people who beg tend to use that money to fund substance abuse.
- Should we offer food and drink? There are potential dangers to health if they stockpile warm food, so it is advisable to offer safer foods e.g. – a cheese sandwich and a hot drink.
- Should we offer clothing or bedding e.g. duvets? These might become cash converters which could fuel substance abuse.
Details from Churches Together leaflet and East Suffolk Council website 2020
Good Friday Passion Play
In 2007, 2011 and 2015 we worked together to perform The Woodbridge Passion in Elmhurst Park on Good Friday. These were attended by many people from the town and we have photos here - Passion 2015 : Passion 2011 : Passion 2007