“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” ~Matthew 25:35-36
The Soup Kitchen: Founded in 1986, The Soup Kitchen @ AIC is a resource for the homeless, elderly, lonely and poor in Central London. Working with this crucial mission, the church supports the provision of free hot meals, clothes and toiletries, and the space provided offers a sense of belonging and community for those who are in need. The Soup Kitchen serves around 90 people a day from 10am-12 noon Monday through Saturday with a Clothes Closet open on Mondays. To find out more information on volunteering, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can email the Soup Kitchen Director, Alex Brown, for more information on donating or getting involved: SKDirector@amchurch.co.uk.
C4WS Homeless Project: A project of CARIS Camden, AIC has been supporting C4WS (Community of Camden Churches Cold Weather Shelter) since 2009. As a part of this partnership, AIC hosts up to 16 overnight guests once a week between January and March. With a devoted group of volunteers, we provide dinner, a place to sleep and a hot breakfast along with offering a warm and welcoming space for all those who pass through our doors from C4WS. In addition to the winter shelter, we support C4WS’ work with over 300 homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers each year through their mentoring scheme, English classes, Friday and Sunday Clubs and Jobs Club. For ways to get involved directly with C4WS, you can contact their staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email AIC’s Shelter Coordinator, Jonathan Miller in order to get involved here at AIC: email@example.com.
Quaker Homeless Action: Beginning in 2018, AIC began hosting Quaker Homeless Action’s “Open Christmas” 24/7 drop-in center for the homeless and vulnerably housed between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Services offered includ a mobile shower unit and extra toilet provisions; food and clothes pantries; brunch, dinner and snacks and soup in between; street vets; a TB van and other NHS services; and an outreach team provided by The Pilion Trust to begin working on case files for the guests. QHA also runs the Quaker Mobile Library—a service that provides books to borrow for people with no fixed address—which regularly visits The Soup Kitchen.
West End Welcome Refugee Sponsorship: Following on from the government’s commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees between 2015 and 2020, a community-led sponsorship scheme was introduced in 2016. Under the scheme, AIC is partnering with Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Friends House Quaker Meeting, Westminster Quaker Meeting and potentially other local institutions in order to welcome a refugee family to the West End in 2019. Along with financial and administrative commitments, AIC and the other institutions will be formally committed to helping the family adjust to life in London.
Oli and Constance Smith: Working through Serge, an international missions organization, Oli and Constance are working as church-planters in East London. They began working with Serge on a church-planting project in Camden Town and have since worked for Serge’s Apprentice Program which trains and equips young people in cross-cultural mission. Now working in Walthamstow, Oli and Constance have a passion for seeing those far from the Church encounter Christ for the first time. They care about Christ’s kingdom going forward into all spheres of life and the renewal of creation. They have recently overseen the creation of a community garden in their local area, and AIC supports them in this and in their ministry.
Her Majesty’s Prison Pentonville: Working alongside the Anglican and Catholic clergy at HMP Pentonville, AIC’s choir routinely visits the Category B/C, all-male prison to offer special music and an alternative community. HMP Pentonville is routinely used for men on remand, so the presence of the AIC choir offers a welcome change from the normal uncertainty surrounding the transition from one prison to another. For more information on getting involved, you can email AIC’s Director of Worship and Music, Scott Stroman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.