Sowing the Seed – St Luke’s Charity Shop
This charity shop was set up as a limited company five years ago, at 222 Chorley Old Road. Profits are given to St Luke’s Community Work Fund.
Responsibility for the shop is with the company’s five directors, are from St Luke’s congregation. Day to day running is by two part-time volunteer managers, who are helped by a number of volunteers. These include those seeking work, retired members of the congregation and students working for Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Two fashion shows have been held in St Luke’s church hall to show-case the clothes. They have brought together the volunteers, church members and people from the community.
Drop-in – St Luke’s
For over twenty years St Luke’s Drop-in has welcomed and supported people experiencing difficulties in their lives due to homelessness, unemployment, benefits, health issues, isolation and education. Many are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Between 50 and 60 meals are served each day, and two NHS nurses provide care for up to 15 people.
There are opportunities to explore the Christian faith through basic, Bible-based discussions groups. Lifestyle changes are encouraged through these, and other conversations.
The Drop-in is temporarily closed whilst the management structure and procedures are reviewed.
Christmas Day Meal – St Luke’s
A Christmas Day meal has been provided free in St Luke’s church hall for over ten years, for invited guests from the area who would otherwise be on their own. Many guests are referred by Bolton social services. This is currently organised by Maureen Gowland who is training as an ALM in “Community”