Sunday Suppers at St Simon’s has been running for nearly 30 years, offering friendship, companionship, a listening ear and hot, freshly-cooked food to vulnerable people from 5:30pm to 7pm nearly every Sunday (check the calendar).
As well as compassion and a cooked meal, we offer our guests:
A ‘goody bag’ to take away, with tinned meat, tinned fruit and pudding
The opportunity of a limited amount of toiletries and feminine hygiene products
A free haircut by ‘Haircuts 4 Homeless’ every 4 to 6 weeks.
We offer prayer to those who ask
We say ‘grace’ at the start of the meal
We give a 5 minute, Christian-based talk during the evening.
Our ethos is guided by…
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew: chapter 25, verses 38 to 40
Food and money
Sunday Suppers relies on the support of local businesses, the Parochial Church Council (PCC), food and money donations, and fundraising efforts.
Our volunteers are mostly but not exclusively from St Simon’s church, and most but not all are Christians. We are happy to include non-Christians who share our values. Volunteering involves tasks such as organising food collections, overseeing food stocks, and making ‘goody bags’ for guests.