One of our mission priorities at Holy Trinity is loving service in the local community. We are committed to offering loving and welcoming hospitality which reflects God’s love and welcome for all. We welcome and serve people of all faiths and none, and seek to be a place where God’s justice, mercy and compassion can be found.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”Isaiah 1:17
We seek to engage with and serve our local community. We recently conducted a community survey in East Greenwich, which highlighted some of the areas of need, such as the lack of any Citizens’ Advice office or legal advice centre.
We welcome working in partnership with other organisations people from the local community. We are in partnership with LawWorks to host the East Greenwich Legal Advice Clinic, and in 2018 we partnered with Feed the Hungry to host a food packing event which packed 1,000 meals for children in Africa.
Winter Night Shelter
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter operates in partnership with local churches during the coldest months of every winter. It is hosted at Christ Church on Monday nights in partnership with the Forum at Greenwich, and at St George’s on Tuesday nights. The shelter offers safe overnight accommodation for homeless people irrespective of race, creed or background. We host up to 15 guests referred to us by partner referral agencies. Each of the venues has a volunteer team who welcome guests, cook, dine together, sleep overnight, provide breakfast and clear up.
With the belief that no one in our community should have to face going hungry, in 2018 Greenwich Foodbank supplied 6,433 packages of three-day emergency food supplies for families, couples and those living alone and referred in crisis.
It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Christ Church hosts a Welcome Centre, and along with St George’s, is a collection point for food. Donations are dropped off by members of the public and the church family, and we also receive collections from local schools and organisations. We work in partnership with Emmanuel Church and others in the local community to staff the Welcome Centre with volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at the East Greenwich Foodbank Welcome Centre, please contact Steve Wallace.
“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”
Christ Church hosts the East Greenwich Legal Advice Clinic (EGLAC), which is a free legal advice and assistance service available to those resident or based in South East London, with a focus on East Greenwich. EGLAC strives to achieve best practice in legal advice and assistance for individuals and organisations who cannot afford access to justice. It is a member of the LawWorks pro bono clinics network and AdviceUK.
EGLAC is staffed entirely by volunteer lawyers and other individuals who help administer our work and facilitate our clinic sessions. The clinic operates fortnightly, usually on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 8-9.45pm. If you would like to access EGLAC’s services or are interested in volunteering, please email or call 07806 733341.