Christmas hours

Christmas openingThe Brighton Food Bank will close on 23rd December and will re-open on 29th December and 30th December for emergency referrals. The Food Bank will then be running normal service from Monday 4th January 2016.

Our Head office is closed from 23rd December until 4th January 2016.

Colleen’s Reflections

Colleens ReflectionsWe caught up with Colleen and she reflected on her last nine years as Rest Homes Team Leader.

“In October 2004 I answered God’s call to come from South Africa to support a small Church fellowship in Hove, UK. After working as Personal Carer to three clients and Activities Co-Ordinator in a group of Rest Homes, within two years I was led by the Holy Spirit to the Brighton & Hove City Mission. When I enquired if there might be a place for me to serve on their team, I discovered that the Director and Trustees had been praying for God to send someone to establish ministry to elderly residents in Rest Homes across the city. There was unanimous agreement that God had brought me to fill the role with perfect timing, and I was appointed as part-time Rest Homes Team Leader which soon increased to full time status. Within a short time God opened doors into the first two homes, and over the past nine years He has granted us favour in many more venues. I’ve had the privilege of leading the growing team of committed volunteers in holding services for residents in Sheltered Accommodation and twenty Rest Homes across Brighton and Hove.

Having invited Jesus into my heart as a teenager and experienced the fullness of God’s love, grace and mercy since I was saved, I feel quietly passionate about sharing his love with others. I delight in opportunities to encourage others to receive him as Saviour, and to bring hope to countless residents in the last phase of their lives who feel lonely, depressed and fearful of death. We see the impact on their hearts of being individually affirmed, and many who deeply miss being able to attend church are uplifted by our monthly messages of hope in the Lord Jesus, the familiar hymns we sing and the spirit of joy we bring.

Our lives move in seasons and after nine years of wonderful fellowship with the committed City Mission team, I feel that God has led me to hand over the baton of leadership to a younger successor from February 2016. So it is with great joy and gratitude for the blessings of the past, that I welcome this new person into the role, and move on as a volunteer to explore what new adventures God has in store for me.”

Bolton is Bolting

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Sadly after 17 years of inspirational work with the City Mission, Linda Bolton is saying farewell to us. Her retirement won’t be quiet and full of walks along Eastbourne seafront, as she is going to be working alongside her husband in their charity Crossover.

We caught up with her and got her thoughts from the last 17 years.

“Looking back over the last 17 years of my time with the City Mission, I have wonderful memories that make me smile, laugh and cry all at the same time! Smiling at memories of the faces of the children mesmerised by the action whether in clubs or assemblies, laughing at the memories of the fun assemblies – particularly being doused with tomato sauce or witnessing Pete as the Pantomime Dame waving his feather duster about, and crying because the memories of one of the best chapters of my life is coming to a close.

Working with the City Mission has given me opportunities that I would never have had. I have been able to work with young people from around the world, learning from them as they adjusted to the British way of life and communication! Taking them into our schools and giving the children and staff insight into their cultures was an incredibly rewarding experience.

I also had the opportunity of a mission trip to Bolivia visiting Vero, who was one of our overseas volunteers. What a privilege it was to be part of her family and joining her church’s mission trip to a tribe in the jungle. All of the teams I have been able to work with have been such a blessing and huge fun, whether from the UK or abroad.

As well as the incredibly fulfilling mission to the schools I have also been fortunate and blessed to have had the support and encouragement of the City Mission team at all levels, the trustees and the amazing supporters over the years. Thank you one and all for enabling me to accomplish and realise the call of God on my life to be a teacher. I missed it at an early age but the City Mission brought it to life. Much better late than never! Thank you!”