Homelessness, its causes and remedies, will be the subject of a Southwell Minster Service on Saturday, 28th January.
The service of reflection, prayer and thanksgiving will be held in support of Framework, a charity helping homeless and vulnerable people n Nottinghamshire to rebuild their lives.
Now in its fifth year, the service will mark the start of Framework Action Week 2012 – designed to break down barriers, challenge prejudice and stigma at a time of increasing need and reduced resources.
The service, at which everyone is welcome, will highlight the experience of people helped by Framework in the last 12 months.
Speakers will include members of the team who created the Minster’s Christmas crib, which is on display until the beginning of February. The team includes people overcoming serious drug and alcohol problems
Attendees will include representatives of church groups from across Notts which support Framework as well as civic dignitaries representing local authorities.
The service, which will take place between 11am and 12noon, also comes at the start of Poverty & Homelessness Action Week – a nationwide initiative to highlight the plight of those who have nowhere to call home.
Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern said: “As we begin what promises to be a challenging 2012 it is worth remembering that homelessness and rough sleeping remain persistent problems in our communities.”
Chris Senior, Framework’s Head of Fundraising, added: “The service is a chance to give thanks for the generosity of many people who recognise the increased and urgent need for help; and it is a chance to pray that solutions may be found to support so many more people in desperate need.”
The Dean of Southwell, the Very Revd John Guille, added: “We are delighted to host a service for Framework in the Cathedral. Their work with the homeless and vulnerable of our county is vital and needs all our support.
“Based on my experience of previous occasions it is one of the most moving services in our calendar.”