Last Saturday the UCKG HelpCentre held the Liberty event, which showcased the work the church does to the general public.
On the day we had the different sections for each group; smoothies were made by the PCG as well as blood pressure checks, pampering, manicures and pedicure for the Caleb. The CBC had a face painting stand, a bouncy castle, and storytelling.
At the Liberty event we also launched the Soup Kitchen Plus, an initiative that was created to expand our current food provision activities, allowing us to provide additional aid and support to locals in the form of financial advice and much more on Saturdays.
We were joined by the Mayor of Islington, the Deputy High Commissioner of Barbados, Islington Councillor Gulcin Ozdemir, and Islington Police officer Mamdouh.
Both the Mayor of Islington and the Deputy High Commissioner of Barbados, expressed how much they loved it, so much so that the Mayor is eager to come back again in a near future to so some volunteer work. He also mentioned he will speak about last Saturday’s event in his Mayoral meetings on Thursday so more people can know what we do.
Many people who came for the first time didn’t know what the church does, it was reported that one had even said she has passed the building many times but wasn’t aware it was a church. She is amazed with what we are doing for the community.
Speaking about the event, Bishop James said: ‘We had an amazing event, it was an opportunity to show people who don’t attend the church the social work that the church does. We want people to know about this work because we want to be able to provide this help to people, independent of their religious beliefs or their past.
‘We want people to know that here they will find much more than spiritual help. We had the soup kitchen, the food bank we had a blood pressure station, a stand that shows the work we do with ‘Beat Depression’ it was an amazing day.
There was also something there for children, we had a face-painting station and a bouncy castle. It was a blessed day’. Bishop concluded by thanking the volunteers for making the event possible and announcing there would be more events like this in the future.
The Liberty event was a significant success!