‘There was a real warmth’ - Church opens doors for those in need at Christmas
PUBLISHED: 16:14 26 December 2018
The Christmas spirit was on full show as a church opened its doors for those in need on Christmas Day.
Around 50 people visited St Mary Magdalene Church, in Gorleston, for a Christmas feast and some much needed company.
Stuart and Julie Hanks led the team in the kitchen and Mr Hanks said: “There is nowhere we would rather be on Christmas Day; it makes our Christmas to be involved.”
Each person who attended also received a Christmas present of a toiletry gift set and some chocolates - while children received a bundle of toys.
Rev Matthew Price said, “This is my family’s first Christmas here and it was a joy for us to join in with such a great initiative.
“People I chatted to came for a variety of reasons: from being on their own, in some cases for the first time this Christmas, to actually having no home to be in.
“But there was a real warmth, fun-loving atmosphere and a genuine sense of community as we celebrated together, whatever our reason.”