We are very pleased to announce that the Archbishop of York, Archbishop Sentamu, is visiting our Community Project evening meal Friday Feast tomorrow.
The Press Release tells the story:
Archbishop visits Community Project run by Maureen Greaves
The Archbishop of York, Rt Revd Dr John Sentamu will be visiting the St Saviour’s Community Project in High Green, Sheffield led by Maureen Greaves. Maureen Greaves, a church community worker, lost her husband when he was murdered on this way to church to play the organ on Christmas Eve night in 2012. She was recently given the British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service by Her Majesty the Queen. Maureen and her husband Alan had just launched the Community Project a few weeks before his death. After the murder Maureen publically forgave those who took her husband’s life in the light of her Christian faith and desire not to be burdened with bitterness.
The Archbishop is spending several days in Sheffield as part of the Bishops’ Mission to South Yorkshire. He will be coming to High Green on 11th September to join in with the Friday Feast, a two course meal cooked by local volunteers for families which is especially aimed at tacking poverty. The Archbishop will be meeting ordinary people who use the community project, talking about faith in action and will take part in a question and answer session.
Simon Bessant, the Vicar and chair of the community project said, “It is a great honour to have the Archbishop visit our community project. Not only do we run a shop selling used clothes, household goods, children’s toys & buggies and furniture for next to nothing, we also host a job club and a micro finance savings & loans scheme. Additionally, we run the Friday Feast, a meal that only costs £1 per adult and children eat free, which is our contribution to fighting child poverty. That the Archbishop is joining us for the Friday Feast is so appropriate as it, along with our foodbank, highlights the importance that the church gives to fighting poverty. It all shows us putting our faith into action.”
“The project has been running for over three years and the Friday Feast for over half of that”, said Maureen Greaves, a Church Army worker. “We hope to open a community allotment and tool bank later this year as the next step in the work of the project. Helping to fight poverty through the Friday Feast is a key part of our work and shows that Christian faith is both meaningful and practical. I think that is great that the Archbishop wants to come and meet people who often feel that they live on the edge of society and that no one thinks that they have any importance.”
The Archbishop said, “I am very much looking forward to my visit to share the Christian faith in Sheffield. I suspect that the visit to High Green will be a particular highlight and I am really pleased to be meeting Maureen Greaves and to see the work that she and others have done in expressing active and practical Christian faith and love in this community”