The Church seeks to provide support to the community this winter when all are feeling the cold, the effects of inflation and the fuel crisis.
Winter Warmth Initiative 1. A Free Soup and roll at the Swan.
In the months of January and February people who are struggling, or a friend or neighbour on their behalf, may obtain from us vouchers to use on weekday lunch times at The Swan Inn. In addition to the warmth of the Inn, the voucher will pay for soup of the day with crusty bread and water to drink. People can obtain vouchers for themselves or for friends or neighbours in need in a number of ways:
•by requesting and collecting them in church on a Sunday,
•by asking church going friends to collect them,
•or by calling a number to ask for them to be delivered.
The Swan will collect the vouchers and the church will pay the bill. As you may imagine we are still working on this and transport may be available to get you to the pub! Look for more details on lympstonechurch.com
Initiative 2. Somewhere warm to meet.
As outlined in the last Lympstone Herald, we are joining with others from the village to provide a host for each Monday afternoon in January and February in support of the warm space scheme to give anyone who needs a warm up, a welcome in the Village Hall, a cuppa (and possibly some toast) and a chat.
Initiative 3. The Food Bank.
We will maintain a table of ‘Food Bank’ produce available, on a ‘help yourself’ basis, for people in financial difficulty. We will also provide a basket near the table to collect items for the Exmouth Food Bank.
Initiative 4. Another warm place to meet.
As we heat the church every Wednesday for an 11.30 quiet time or Communion, in January and February we will keep the heating on until 2.30pm to provide a warm space both for those who wish to stay behind afterwards but also for anyone who likes to drop in for warmth and a chat from 12.30. At the time of writing this report we are still preparing this particular initiative. Tea and coffee may be available.
For all these plans look for more information on notices, in church and under the railway arch.
Community support this winter