Monday, 5 September 2011

St John's, Horsham Flowers into an Ark!

Recently St John’s Arts & Flower Festival gives ARK a lifeline:
A cheque for £1,373 was presented to Lisa Burrell, founder of local charity ARK, by Jill Smith, co-ordinator of last month’s Arts & Flower Festival at St John The Evangelist RC Church. The money was raised from visitor donations, concert ticket and refreshment sales and sponsorship of the floral displays.

Jill Smith said: “The Festival was a real celebration of not just the many gifts and talents on display, but of our lives together as a parish community. We are delighted that we have been able to raise this significant sum for ARK, a worthwhile and much needed charity working in the Horsham community.”

Lisa Burrell said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people at St John’s and the love they are showing to those often overlooked by society. This money will make an enormous difference to those looking to change their lives.”

ARK - Achieving Recovery through the Kingdom - is a new Christian charity supported and run by volunteers from local churches. It provides a friendly, safe place to be for those seeking a way out of issues such as homelessness, addiction and poverty. As a member organization of the Recovery Alliance, ARK also provides one-to-one support to help people address problems preventing them from leading a full life. ARK helps with housing and benefit applications, mental health appointments, probation, substance intervention and seeks to find education, training and employment opportunities. ARK also provides a hot meal on a Monday and Thursday at the United Reform Church and engages with recipients of food parcels at the URC on a Monday evening. Central to ARK's vision is the provision of supported accommodation and as an interim measure it is looking to provide a night shelter. For further information contact Lisa on 07825 284 054 or lisa@thearkorsham.org.uk

St John’s Arts & Flower Festival raised the same amount for its parish World Youth Day Fund, which helped a group of young St John’s parishioners visit Madrid 16-21 August, when they will gather with over a million others from around the world to celebrate and learn about their faith.

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