On the first Wednesday of each month this takes the form of a short communion service.
We are open each week on Mondays, 11.30 - 1.00 p.m for hot drinks and a chance to chat, in the Barratt Room. and we'd love you to call in and see us too.
There is a wide variety of people calling in and the more Christian friends are around, to sit and chat, the better that is for everybody. We want people to experience a warm welcome, a safe place to sit, a listening ear if they need it, somebody to pass the time of day with, a friendly chat from somebody who is available for half an hour or so. Please come and see what goes on, and join us for as long as you can.
This is part of the Methodist Church's mission in the city centre and you can be part of that just by calling in for a drink any time you are in town.
Friday Pop-in: This is a drop in particularly aimed at pensioners, and provides a place for a hot drink and a sit down and chat. It is open from 9.45am to 11.30am on Fridays, in our Wakerley Room (Alongside the CLC Bookshop, and all are welcome.
Practical support for refugees and asylum seekers: Food Collection
Leicester as a city provides a refuge for many refugees and asylum seekers and the Red Cross provides support for those who are refused leave to stay and find themselves destitute because they fear returning to their country. Some people have no accommodation and are literally living on the street with no food or money, while others may be given shelter by community members but this may depend on contributions of food from time to time. The Red Cross provides bags of food for those in most need but relies on contributions from ordinary people, particularly church members, to meet this demand.
Bishop Street Methodists have made many contributions to this in recent years, and channel our donations to the Red Cross office on a regular basis.
The Red Cross encourage each group to give a minimum of one bag of food a week. If people who are interested could buy even one or two extra items in their shopping and bring them to church on Sunday, it would make a real difference to the lives of very vulnerable people.
The following items are the ones suggested by the Red Cross as being most helpful.
Dried Provisions Rice, cous-cous, maize mealie-meal or polenta. cooking oil, sugar, salt, porridge, flour (self raising), spices, mashed potato (Smash), tea, coffee, powdered milk, fruit juice, semolina, water.
Tinned Provisions (best to supply easy opening tins which don’t need a tin opener if possible) Baked beans, fish, meat, tomatoes, pulses (beans, peas, chick peas, sweetcorn), soup, fruit, rice pudding, sauces, vegetables.
Pre-prepared food Dried fruit, cereal bars, chocolate, biscuits, nuts, crisps, pot noodles (especial good for people without accommodation who can get water in cafes for them)
Baby items Nappies (sizes 2,3,4) baby wipes, food, milk, lotion, talc, clothing
Toiletries Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shower gel, shampoo, hair conditioner, deodorant, moisturiser, toilet paper.