Gorleston church holds community Open House
St Mary Magdalene Church in Gorleston has launched Open House once a week to give people in the local community an opportunity to socialise over a coffee.
The charity Age UK has found that more than two million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour, or family member.
One of the initiatives at St Mary Magdalene which aims to try and combat this issue is Open House, which takes place on a Wednesday morning between 10am and 12 noon in the church building. It is preceded by said communion from 9.30am, and concludes with a time of prayer at the tables.
Reverend Matthew Price, vicar of St Mary Magdalene, pictured right, said, “Open House is held in the warm, light, welcoming environment of our carpeted church. It’s a quiet space that lends itself to listening, refreshments, and gentle arts, crafts, and activities. Anyone is welcome but we particularly want to welcome those who are older in years, who have memories to share and contributions to make, however big or small”.
The church is drawing together a team of people who volunteer specifically to listen and provide informal care around the hot drinks, sweet treats, and light puzzles, jigsaw, or crafts.
Matthew said, “Maybe you could do with someone to talk to in the week or would enjoy offering a listening ear to others? Maybe you have a friend or spouse you could bring with you who would benefit from someone else hearing their memories for a change, or who would enjoy the supportive company of others? We’d really love to welcome you!”.
Anyone interested should contact Mary Ives, lay minister, on firstname.lastname@example.org for details,
or call the Vicarage on 01493 494248.
Alternatively, just turn up on a Wednesday morning at the main entrance to St Mary Magdalene, Magdalen Square, Gorleston.
This story is based on an article in the Gorleston Community Magazine and also on Network Yarmouth.
The pictures above are courtesy of Matthew Price.
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