St Alfege Church in the community
St Alfege Cooks for 999 club
The 999 Club is in Deptford Broadway and is a ‘homeless’ shelter providing beds, meals, rest, advice for 20 to 35 (mainly men) and women. Since 2010 St Alfege Church has been supplying cooked meals on a rotary basis along with other parishes.?
The club now opens between 9am and 4pm five days a week and provides breakfast and lunch (hot meal when possible) as well as advice and help. The club has a new chief executive and many new helpful and friendly volunteers. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions the club still cannot provide night time accommodation but Lewisham Council is continuing to offer night accommodation.
We are now recruiting volunteer cooks and volunteer delivery drivers
We are now looking to recruit some new cooks. At the moment, we (8 cooks in total) cook from our homes and deliver ourselves providing one hot meal for up to 35 people weekly. This works out as approximately one meal every six weeks as some cooks double up.
Before lockdown, some people used to prefer to cook together in the church kitchen and it may be possible to restart that if we recruit more volunteers. There is also the option of bulk cooking and freezing some for another day. The church hall kitchen can be booked in advance to accommodate this.
We also need help with delivery of the food. If cooking is not your thing and you would like to help, we would still love to hear from you.
If you feel able to participate in any way please email Phylis Campbell
or call her on 07801 562 351
Christmas 2021 Saturday 18 December
Over Christmas the 999 Club will close for 4 to 5 days. A Christmas dinner is being cooked on the premises on Monday 20 and we have promised to help with the festivities.
Phyll is organising a collection on Saturday 18 December at side door of the St Alfege Church hall between 10am and 12 noon. If you are able, please bring along anything from the list below.
We will then pack them up and deliver to our homeless friends to keep them nourished through the holiday and provide Christmas cheer.
1) Any Christmas food that will keep for week or so eg mince pies, Christmas cake, chocolates cakes, fruit fresh and dried, biscuits etc. Crackers
2) Personal washing items, toiletries such as face cloths, small hand towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hand cream etc.
3) Warm clothing items but please note clothes have to be new and appropriate to the season as they cannot store them. Eg A warm coat new or hardly used or new, rain wear, night wear, underwear, t- shirts heavy sweaters, hats, gloves, socks
Small rucksacks or hand size luggage bags (soft type) are extremely useful.
Clients are mostly male average size (medium). There are about four or five females at the 999 Club at the moment.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more or interested in volunteering. Thank you
Phyll Campbell, Coordinator
We have supported the Trussell Foodbank programme now Greenwich Foodbank since it started and many people in the community have already given generously. We provide a food donation point and are very happy to accept non-perishable items on any day of the week when the church is open. Our administrator arranges for donations to be collected regularly. If you have any questions about the Foodbank please email the church office or telephone 020 8853 0697.The Greenwich Charity and related charities
We are inviting donations of food and other goods for Greenwich Foodbank
St Alfege with St Peter's Church of England Primary School
Our church school of St Alfege with St Peter's is a small school with a big vision having been part of the community for over 150 years.
The Primary School (with its own nursery) is an inclusive one form entry church school comprising of a vibrant, diverse and aspirational community where everyone is inspired and challenged to fulfil their full potential, both academically and in their broader educational and personal development. We pride ourselves on our inclusive and supportive ethos and difference we can make for our children and families who are often very vulnerable. This is communicated through our values and vision that permeate everything we do.
Members of the clergy and several members of the congregation give their time generously as governors leading the school strategically and making regular visits to the school. The clergy and others from the church regularly take full school assemblies/collective worship and volunteer in other ways to help the school.
Monthly school family services are held in the church (usually on the second Thursday of the month) which are led by a different year group supported by a member of the church clergy. The school also holds special services in the church to celebrate Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the end of the school year. The whole school attends and parents are welcome.
In their 2017 Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodists Schools the school was deemed "Outstanding". The report noted that “The close involvement of the incumbent and parish in the life of the school brings them together in a spirit of service to the wider community.”
In July 2019 the school achieved their best ever SATs results, with 96% of children in Year 6 meeting the expected standards in the reading and maths tests, and 89% meeting the expected standards in writing.
In September 2019 the school welcomed a new headteacher, Mrs Amanda Wilson. Amanda was previously a leader at St Mary Magdalene School in Woolwich and brings with her an enthusiasm to see the children who attend St Alfege with St Peter’s school continue to develop academically, spiritually and in every way.
We are extremely proud of our church school which is a hard working, caring and happy place with wonderful children and exceptional staff. Find out more St Alfege with St Peter's CoE Primary School.
Meridian Money Advice
Regretfully, after 30 years as an independent local charity providing free debt and benefits advice, Meridian Money Advice has closed its service. You can find details of other organisations providing free debt service here.
The Trustees are grateful for the support which St Alfege Church has given through the provision of rent-free premises in the church hall building.'
The Greenwich Charity is an amalgamation of a number of local charities. Its object is to help people resident in the area it covers who are in need, hardship or distress by making grants or providing items, services or facilities. In the year ended 31 March 2017, the charity made grants totalling £14,000 to individuals and organisations. The Charity of Charles Soames, which shares the same trustees, makes grants to help meet the needs of people resident in the same area who are sick or have disabilities. Randall's Charity, which also shares the same trustees, makes grants for the general benefit of the inhabitants of the same area.
The area of benefit for all three charities was recently redefined to comprise that part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich which lies within postal districts SE3, SE7, SE8, SE10 and SE13.
The Vicar of St Alfege is a trustee ex officio of the three charities and the trustees currently include other members of St Alfege Church congregation.
Enquiries regarding possible assistance may be made through the Charities' website at www.thegreenwichcharities.com, or by post to The Trustees of the Greenwich Charities, c/o Grant Saw Solicitors, Norman House, 110-114 Norman Road, SE10 9EN [or to the Vicar of St Alfege].
The Greenwich Charities of William Hatcliffe and the Misses Smith
Getting older while retaining your enjoyment of life and independence at home, and your enjoyment of life, can sometimes be a struggle. The Greenwich Charities of William Hatcliffe and the Misses Smith help older people living independently in Greenwich to do so with dignity and comfort. They are able to make small, one-off grants between £50 and £500 to people over the age of 55 to purchase items to help them to continue to live independently and comfortably. If you are over 55, live in your own home (not a care home) within our catchment area in Greenwich and would benefit from some financial help to purchase an item that would make life a little easier, then email Greenwich.firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Katrina Taylor, Administrator, Rossall, 14E Park Vista, London SE10 9LZ. The Vicar of St Alfege is a trustee ex officio and enquiries regarding possible assistance may be made through him.
Sheltered accommodation in the parish
Queen Elizabeth College alms houses (Drapers Foundation) opposite Greenwich railway station, and Trinity Hospital (Mercers Company) on Old Woolwich Road, sit within the parish of St Alfege. Both clergy and lay volunteers provide a weekly service of worship to each community, in their respective chapels.
Superkidz - update April 2020
Gill Moody who now chairs the Trustees of Superkidz has reported "Things are very challenging for our families. We have of course had to close our children's and youth clubs, but mentoring is going on via zoom and social media channels. Two of our local leaders have been taking packs around our most vulnerable families with snacks and craft activities. Our crisis worker Alice is monitoring the children and families most at risk. Domestic abuse is a major issue (two thirds of our local female workers have been victims of domestic violence at some point) and we are monitoring what impact social distancing and self-isolation is having on such families. We have applied for grants to buy food, phones and data. Please pray for our families and for our workers who are doing what they can to help."
St Alfege Church has supported the work of Superkidz for some years. Superkidz is a charity based at St Saviour, Eltham. It runs programmes for children and young people living on the local estates who face severe challenges of poor educational achievement, lack of employment opportunities and social pressures to join local gang culture with all the accompanying dangers of drug use, street violence and knife and gun crime.