Bishop John and the Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, the Bishop of Repton, visited the Chesterfield Foodbank in early April. The visit was in response to the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s invitation to Christians to come together to pray and to support Christian social action over Passiontide.
They offered prayer and support for the 60 volunteers from all denominations who have helped feed 1364 people (905 adults and 459 children) since the foodbank opened its doors in June, 2013.
The project is led by ‘The Order of the Black Sheep’ a Fresh Expression of Church, but involves churches and community groups spread across Chesterfield and surrounding areas and is part of the Trussell Trust network.
The Trussell Trust is a Christian charity that launches foodbanks to provide three days’ nutritionally balanced, non- perishable food to people in crisis.
More information about the Trussell Trust is available on their website www.trusselltrust.org.
Bishop Humphrey Southern said, “Christians are taught to love our neighbours, and particularly to care for those who are in need. Foodbanks are practical expressions of that love in action. They also – by their very existence – ask a sharp question of society, ‘What are we doing wrong that makes foodbanks necessary?’”
Bishop John said, “Granted that in a country like ours most certainly there should be no need for such things as foodbanks, it is wonderful that in the present circumstances there are such things as foodbanks and those who contribute to them; and those who work at them deserve the grateful thanks of the rest of the community as well as of the recipients. May God bless everyone concerned.”
For more information about the Order of the Black Sheep, visit their website www.theorderoftheblacksheep.com.
Bishop John is pictured at the Chesterfield Foodbank with Bishop Humphrey Southern and one of the volunteers.