Gloucester City Mission Activities

An insight into what the workers of
Gloucester City Mission get up to.

Learn more about the activities of Gloucester City Mission

Gloucester City Mission is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2-4 pm and on Wednesday mornings from 11 – 12.30. Hot drinks and food are served and there are showers and a washing machine and tumble drier available as well as access to clothing, toiletries and basic food supplies to take away.

Before food is served on a Wednesday morning, volunteers meet to pray and prepare before some of them go out on the streets to support street people with hot drinks, goodies and some basic clothing as well as Christian literature of various types.

We also have support and advice on a Tuesday afternoon from the Department for Work and Pensions. On a Wednesday advice is available from Greensquare.

As we continue we to grow we are now also running football sessions at GL1 on a Thursday afternoon and gym sessions at Snap Fitness on a Monday and Thursday morning and Walking Rugby on a Tuesday morning. We also starting basic cooking courses for clients on a Tuesday afternoon. All of these sessions are provided completely free of charge for clients.

           

The street people we meet are always grateful for the food and drinks we offer and many friendly relationships are made by the team as they minister week-by-week.

We learn the daily hardships and issues these folk face and make these topics of prayer amongst the team. On many occasions we learn of answers to prayer which is a great encouragement to all concerned.

Going out on the streets brings many challenges to the team. They appreciate the prayers of all supporters, including protection from harm, injury, and disease.

The street people often have a limited life expectancy and in our experience, there are no “old addicts”. Over the past few years, several street people of our acquaintance have died. Death before the age of 40 is not unusual on the streets.

When they are hospitalised we endeavour to visit them.

During the winter months we run a Winter Shelter for people needing a bed for a night.

 

We also run Project Beacon where a team of volunteers go out on a Saturday night to reach out to those sleeping on the streets, those in supported accommodation and those in temporary and emergency accommodation. Its aims are to provide warmth through clothes, sleeping bags and blankets, to offer sustenance through tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches and finally to signpost people to agencies appropriate to their need.