9th Dec, 2016

Shottery church members to spread some love in the town

Stratford Editorial 13th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

LOVE is in the air in Stratford.

The congregation of the Oasis Christian Centre (OCC) church in Shottery are hoping to spread some love in the town with the launch of its Love Stratford project.

Churchgoers will be delivering hampers on Sunday (February 14), filled with chocolates, soaps, toys and more to people working for the emergency services and carers, as well as giving out Morrison’s food vouchers for those in need.

Minister John Martin hopes it will be the start of an on-going effort to help townspeople in different ways.

He told the Observer: “We want to be part of something which brings good to the town. This is the start of something we hope will become well established in helping those in need.

“As well as supporting places like the food bank in their efforts, we also want to be able to help people whose needs aren’t met like providing food and clothing for refugees coming to the area.

“There is always so much bad or negative news these days, it felt right to do something positive.”

There are also plans to offer a helping hand in household and garden jobs.

The OCC is part of the Elim Pentecostal Church which has a network of some 550 christian congregations around the UK.