St Mary’s church is based next to Norwood Hall in Norwood Green and they were providing night shelter for two days, this included accommodation, washing facilities, evening meals, breakfast and board games/activities. This provides a shelter for homeless people from the local area from the cold weather and danger. Jeff Payne (Vicar) of St Mary’s Church contacted Dr Parvinder Singh Garcha (General Secretary) about working together.
The following took place:
- Volunteers were provided by Mael Gael which is an elderly and youth project run at Norwood Hall for both evenings and breakfast duty for the 1st January 2013.
- Langar was provided by Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall and served by volunteers from the Gurdwara on the 31st December 2012.
- Mael Gael provided bread, cereals, biscuits and other items for both days during breakfast times.
- Parents and Teachers of Khalsa Primary school collected money towards items to be purchased for this event.
This is a testament to the Langar that Guru Nanak Ji started when he fed the Hungry, which is paramount in all the Gurdwara’s around the world. I cannot put into words the appreciation and the gratitude the Christian volunteers and people from other churches paid to the Sikh community for their assistance.
Finally, partnerships like this shows that we can make a valuable contribution in every community around the world. Wishing every reader a Happy, Joyous and Peaceful New Year.