The churches in Church at Castle are founder members of Cambridge Churches Homeless Project.
Like many things, the Cambridge Churches Homeless Project had to change shape this year. Guests continue to be accommodated in B&B, rather than church/synagogue rooms. See the CCHP website for updates, under the “news” section.
Usually, the churches and synagogue of Cambridge work together over the winter months to provide a roving night shelter for up to 15 men. We work closely with the other city agencies and aim to provide friendship and support to enable people to move from the streets into suitable accommodation.
The project’s strength is the wide group of volunteers who cook, chat and provide overnight cover, wash bedding and transport the equipment. We offer space on our church hall floor on Wednesday nights from the beginning of December to the end of March each year. Most of our volunteers are from Church at Castle. We welcome people of all faiths and none who want to volunteer and offer hot food, a safe space and companionship to people who would otherwise be sleeping on our streets.
If you would like to get involved, please contact Rev Alison Walker.
Training for all volunteers is provided in the autumn.
You can find more information and details of how to volunteer from Cambridge Churches Homeless Project.
A prayer for CCHPMay God bless us with discomfort at easy answers,
half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger at injustice and exclusion
so that we may bring hope, build community and seek reconcilation.
May God bless us with tears shed for those
who feel lost to their addictions, compulsions and poor mental health
so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe
that we can make a difference in this world,
so that we can do what others claim cannot be done,
to bring justice and kindness to all we meet.