Food for St John's Care

St John'sPhilip featured at the feeding of the five thousand when Jesus asked him "how will we feed all these folk?" Philip of course responded by telling Jesus that it would cost an arm and leg! John's account uses the material to point to greater things. The feeding of hungry people leads into the account of Jesus describing himself as 'the Bread of Life.' This then is our calling: to be involved in feeding people physically in the hope that through it their spiritual needs will also be met.

We have, over the years, been involved in feeding folk through the ministry of the Northbourne Centre and Deacon Robin. But the Centre had to close when the Northbourne Flats were demolished.

St Philip's is taking up the challenge of of supporting the work of St John's Care, based in the neighbouring parish of Reid.

Financial hardship can strike anyone—an unexpected crisis, the loss of a a job, health problems, family breakdown and other reasons. St John's care provides emergency assistance of food, fresh fruit and vegetables. It also provides clothing, prescription-filling, bus fares, blankets and a limited amount of financial help to meet the basic requirements of people in need. Nearly all clients cannot afford to put food on the table regularly. St John's Care also offers many other kinds of help.

While you are doing your weekly shop consider an extra purchase or two place it in the donations basket at St Philip's; there will be a weekly delivery to St John's.

Essential items include:

Up & Go
Longlife or powdered milk
Small (250ml) cartons of milk
Peanut butter
Large tins of tuna
Pasta sauce (pouring sauces)
Pasta meals (dehydrated in foil packets)
Canned vegetables (peas and corn, creamed corn, beans)
Dehydrated Vegetables (Mashed potato, beans, peas, corn)
Snacks for School lunches (Small fruit packs, muesli bars, sultanas)
Small cans of fruit
Toilet paper
Feminine hygiene items

Non-essential but most welcome items include:

Washing up liquid
Laundry powder
Pull-up nappies
Savoury biscuits

St John's workers

St John's workers.

For further information about St John's Care and how to donate directly, please visit St John's Care