Minster service to focus on homelessness

16 Jan 2013
by Neil Skinner

People whose lives have been touched by the issue of homelessness will take part in a special Southwell Minster service later this month.

The service of reflection, prayer and thanksgiving, organised by homelessness charity Framework, will be held between 11am and midday on Saturday January 26th

Speakers, including staff and people who use the charity’s services, will focus on the theme of “chain reactions” – how people affected by homelessness have, with Framework’s support, been able to turn their lives around and go on to help other vulnerable people. Former service user Pat Bent, who now teaches homeless people to live independently, will be among the speakers. 

Guests, who will include church representatives and leading civic dignitaries, will also be entertained with a performance by the Minster Chorale and members of the Tozer Dance Studios. A small art exhibition by Framework service users will also be unveiled. 

Service organiser Natalie Goodrich, who was helped by Framework several years ago to rebuild her life after a serious personal crisis, explained: “Framework is an organisation that really does change people’s lives for the better and we are again enormously grateful to all at Southwell Minster for allowing us such a magnificent stage to explain how and why we do what we do.” 

Framework’s sixth annual Southwell Minster Service is part of Poverty & Homelessness Action Week – a nationwide initiative to highlight the plight of those who have nowhere to call home.

The Dean of Southwell, the Very Revd John Guille, added: “We look forward to celebrating the work of Framework each year and as the numbers of homeless people around our city and county continue to rise, it is so important we support this work in practical ways and with our prayers.”

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