Community

Reignite 2021 will provide an accessible, sustainable space for charities and arts organisations, allowing thousands more people to find the support and inspiration they need. Our Bridge to Employment courses have already changed the lives of many people. With improved and expanded facilities, more participants will be able to find fulfilling work, whatever their background, age or talent.

With more education, training and mentoring, we’ll create a richer, more diverse local workforce. By offering mental health counselling, therapy and referrals, we’ll help the most vulnerable in our community to thrive.

We’ll inspire everyone with a creative space for arts, music and community activities. All in the surroundings of our beautiful, replenishing garden and pioneering, carbon-positive crypt.

With Reignite 2021, we’re building a  home for all our futures.

 

THE BRIDGE AT WATERLOO

This is St John’s charity organisation, from where we run our training programmes. 

The Bridge to Employment course has helped many people find fulfilling work. A three-day training intensive, , the course teaches CV writing, interview technique, job searching, effective communication skills and more. 

Every summer we also run Digital Futures, a one-week training programme teaching web design, coding, digital marketing and more.  Read more about the courses at The Bridge at Waterloo.

 

LGBTI

St John’s has been described in as “one of the most inclusive churches in London, with a diverse and LGBT+ friendly congregation," in The Gay Times

St John's is an active member of Inclusive Church, and is committed to working for full acceptance and inclusion, as well as equal marriage rights, of all LGBTI people within the Church of England.

We regularly host the spring and winter concerts of Diversity Choir (London’s original lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community chamber choir). We also have friendly links with the Inclusive Mosque Initiative, whose aims of tolerance and openness we fully endorse.

Canon Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s Waterloo, is a founding member of the LGBTI Mission and chair of the General Synod Human Sexuality Group. He is part of the Coordinating Group for 'Living in Love and Faith,' a resource on sexuality, gender and identity currently being prepared by the House of Bishops for the Church of England.

 

ROBES Night Shelter

Every winter, St John’s takes part in ROBES on Monday nights (for 12 weeks, mid-January to mid-March).

Our night shelter opens at 7pm, with beds available for up to 20 guests. At 8pm, a two-course hot dinner is served, followed by cards or board games. Two overnight volunteers stay at St John’s throughout the night. A hot breakfast is served to guests from 7am the following morning, and showers are available.

If you would like to volunteer at the St John's night shelter, please email Steve Lancashire at: stevelancs@btinternet.com

 

WATERLOO FOODBANK AT ST JOHN’S

For people on low incomes, a crisis such as redundancy, illness, or even an unexpected bill, can mean going hungry. At St John’s Waterloo we don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going without food.

Every Wednesday afternoon (3-5pm) St John’s takes part in the Waterloo Foodbank programmeThis is part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks, and is an intiative of South Bank Churches.

Our volunteers provide food parcels filled with three days’ worth of nutritious ingredients. These are available to pick up from the church; clients simply need to show a foodbank voucher (available from local GP practices and other social welfare centres). 

If you would like to volunteer your time or donate please email: foodbank@oasiswaterloo.org

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