Community

We are currently hoping to renovate the church, starting in 2021. Reignite 2021 will provide an accessible, sustainable space for charities and arts organisations, allowing thousands more people to find the support and inspiration they need. Our Bridge to Employment courses have already changed the lives of many people. With improved and expanded facilities, more participants will be able to find fulfilling work, whatever their background, age or talent. 
With more education, training and mentoring, we’ll create a richer, more diverse local workforce. By offering mental health counselling, therapy and referrals, we’ll help the most vulnerable in our community to thrive.
We’ll inspire everyone with a creative space for arts, music and community activities. All in the surroundings of our beautiful, replenishing garden and pioneering, carbon-positive crypt.
With Reignite 2021, we’re building a  home for all our futures.
 
THE BRIDGE AT WATERLOO
This is St John’s charity organisation, from where we run our training programmes. 
The Bridge to Employment course has helped many people find fulfilling work. A three-day training intensive, , the course teaches CV writing, interview technique, job searching, effective communication skills and more. 
Every summer we also run Digital Futures, a one-week training programme teaching web design, coding, digital marketing and more.  Read more about the courses at The Bridge at Waterloo.
 
LGBTI+
St John’s has been described in as “one of the most inclusive churches in London, with a diverse and LGBT+ friendly congregation," in The Gay TimesPeople regularly come to us seeking a spiritual home, sometimes having experienced pain or rejection from other churches. Everyone's spiritual journey is different, and we hope that we find ways to offer nourishment and hope.
If you would like to know more about the welcome we offer, please click here.
 
BLACK LIVES MATTER
St John's stands in solidarity with the fight against systemic racism. 
St John's is at the heart of the South Bank and serves the diverse communities who live in, work in, visit and pass through this busy part of London.  To find out more about our response to the Black Lives Matter movement, click here. 
 

ROBES Night Shelter

Every winter, St John’s takes part in ROBES on Monday nights (for 12 weeks, mid-January to mid-March).

Our night shelter opens at 7pm, with beds available for up to 20 guests. At 8pm, a two-course hot dinner is served, followed by cards or board games. Two overnight volunteers stay at St John’s throughout the night. A hot breakfast is served to guests from 7am the following morning, and showers are available.

If you would like to volunteer at the St John's night shelter, please email Steve Lancashire at: stevelancs@btinternet.com

 

WATERLOO FOODBANK AT ST JOHN’S

For people on low incomes, a crisis such as redundancy, illness, or even an unexpected bill, can mean going hungry. At St John’s Waterloo we don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going without food.

Every Wednesday afternoon (3-5pm) St John’s takes part in the Waterloo Foodbank programmeThis is part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks, and is an intiative of South Bank Churches.

Our volunteers provide food parcels filled with three days’ worth of nutritious ingredients. These are available to pick up from the church; clients simply need to show a foodbank voucher (available from local GP practices and other social welfare centres). 

If you would like to volunteer your time or donate please email: foodbank@oasiswaterloo.org

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