Winchester churches offer a warm welcome to fight fuel poverty

Winchester churches are opening their doors to provide a Warm Welcome during the colder months. Spaces will be made open seven days a week.

The End Fuel Poverty Coalition estimates that 16.4 million people will be in fuel poverty this winter. The campaign has already attracted 2,500 organisations across the UK committed to support people struggling to heat their homes.

Josh Herbert, leader of the Salvation Army on Parchment Street says, “Winchester is not immune to this cost of living crisis which is why the churches are stepping in to help. By joining the Warm Welcome campaign, each church provides a space that is free, warm welcoming and safe.”

The campaign will run at least until the February half term and there are more opportunities for a Warm Welcome in the pipeline. Check the Salvation Army Facebook page for weekly updates on sessions available.

Man serving tea to woman at warm welcome event

Josh Herbert from the Salvation Army is coordinating Winchester churches’ Warm Welcome.

Josh says, “If your church is doing something for Warm Welcome which we don’t know about, please let me know so I can add it to the directory.” His address is Joshua.Herbert@salvationarmy.org.uk.

These are the current opportunities.

MONDAYS

  • 10am-12pm – United Church Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8RZ. Coffee Bar open.
  • 10am-12pm – Winchester Vineyard, Unit A Bar End Industrial Estate, SO23 9NR. Winchester Vineyard Storehouse Cafe.
  • 11:30am-2pm – St Mary’s Chapel, Fraser Road, Kings Worthy, SO23 7PJ. Warm Space open to all. Soup and a roll for lunch, boardgames, tea and coffee.
  • 1-2.30pm – Hope Church Winchester, SO23 8DQ. Warm welcome cafe. Because of potential limits on numbers, please book by emailing care@hopewinchester.org or phone 01962 840800.
  • 30pm – Hope Church Winchester, SO23 8DQ. After-school club for families with primary school age children. If you would like to come, please book as above.

TUESDAYS

  • 10am-2pm – The Salvation Army, Parchment Street, SO23 8AZ. Running a lunch club, and free space in the afternoon.
  • 10am-12pm – United Church Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8RZ. Coffee bar open.
  • 1:30-3:30pm – St Faith Tea and Chat, Hospital of St Cross, St. Cross Road.
  • 12-5pm – All Saints’ Church Winchester, Petersfield Road, SO23 0JD. All Saints Warm Welcome Working. A space with bookable desk space which wifi, refreshments and power.
  • 5-7pm – St Paul’s, St Paul’s Hill, Winchester SO22 5AB – Have a Meal on Us – Open table for a hot meal, fruit and cake.

WEDNESDAYS

  • 10am-12pm – United Church Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8RZ. Coffee Bar open.
  • 12-5pm – All Saints Church, Petersfield Road, SO23 0JD. All Saints Warm Welcome Working. A space with bookable desk space which wifi, refreshments and power.

THURSDAYS

  • 10am-12pm – United Church Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8RZ. Coffee Bar open. A baby and toddler playroom is open.
  • 1:30-3:30pm – St Faith Tea and Chat, Hospital of St Cross, St. Cross Road.
  • 2:30-4:30pm. Wesley Methodist Church, Fromond Road, Weeke, SO22 6EG. An intergenerational group that meets for social activity such as games, chat and tea/coffee.

FRIDAYS

  • 9:30-11:30 – The Salvation Army, Parchment Street, SO23 8AZ. Coffee Morning.
  • 11:30am-2pm – St Mary’s Chapel, Fraser Road, Kings Worthy, SO23 7PJ. Warm Space open to all. Soup and a roll for lunch, boardgames, tea and coffee.
  • 10am-12pm – United Church Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8RZ. Coffee Bar open.

SATURDAYS

  • 1:30-3:30pm – St Faith Tea and Chat, Hospital of St Cross, St. Cross Road.
  • 9-11am – Winchester Baptist Church Hall, Swan Lane, SO23 7AA. Opportunity for a continental breakfast (£1.50 donation) as well as chance to chat together.

SUNDAYS

  • All Churches Together in Winchester are open at various times throughout the day for their worship services. Anyone is welcome at any service and many churches remain open for refreshments afterwards.

One Comment

  1. It is deeply impressive what the churches of Winchester are doing in terms of offering a Warm Welcome to those who could do with one.
    As a Community Development Worker in Winchester it is really encouraging to be able to point people in the direction of a church in this way, this is not only of enormous help but must also gladden God’s heart.
    So thank you for ‘putting yourselves out there,’ may God bless all your efforts

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