Shortly after joining us our Team Vicar, Rev. Lesley Jones, began in her role by listening to the local people in Sittingbourne, both within and outside the church. Several key issues came to light that the local people would like the church to get involved in, support and lead.
One of these key issues is the loneliness and isolation that many people feel, highlighting the need for, and importance of, a friendly face-to-face conversation. There are many reasons why people may find themselves, or feel that they are, alone.
Our Place of Welcome aims to provide an accessible and hospitable building which is open at the same time every week. St. Michael’s Place of Welcome is open every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. It is open to everyone regardless of their circumstances and is staffed by volunteers. It is a place where people actively listen to one another and recognises that every person brings talents, experiences and skills that they may be willing to share locally. Free refreshments of tea/coffee and biscuits are also available.
The Place of Welcome scheme is a national scheme to create a network of places of worship and community centres where people can feel unconditionally welcomed and care for one another.
Our Place of Welcome is the first one opened in Kent and was officially opened by Bishop Trevor on 25th April 2018. Everyone is welcome here – no matter whether they have a faith or not. Anyone is welcome to come in for refreshments, support and a listening ear.