11 December 2017
As reported in recent weeks, on Saturday evening St Nicholas Church in Newport, Lincoln took part in the Church Urban Fund Advent Sleepout Challenge for the third year running. As in previous years, a stable constructed outside the church building provided accommodation for some of the participants, while a group of under-18s spent the night in the church building. We were pleased to receive the following account of this year’s Sleepout...
The make-shift ‘stable’ was completed just as the light started to fade, and the Sleepout team prepared for a night in the cold. Nick, who was taking part for the third year running, struggled with the icy temperatures and said: “It was absolutely freezing! It started snowing around midnight.”
“It wasn’t just the cold keeping everyone awake,” Peter explained. “There was an awful lot of noise and light.”
Helen Davies was Youth Lead for the Sleepout, and she commented: “There were lots of games of sardines and hide and seek. But I think everyone has a little more awareness of why we were here.”
The Revd Hugh Jones, who was one of those sleeping in the stable, said: “It’s easy to forget that the Christmas story is actually all about homelessness, poverty and social exclusion. Every year, the Sleepout reminds me how lucky I am to be able to go home the next night, and sleep in my own bed.”
Last winter, Church Urban Fund supported night shelters throughout England, providing 4000 bed spaces. It’s not too late to sponsor the team – please follow this link for more details.
More information on the parish is available here.
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