WNSMK provides supervised overnight accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping during the extreme winter months between early December and and mid-March each year. It works in partnership with several Milton Keynes churches that provide their facilities free of charge. A large team of volunteers from across the city come together to cook nutritious meals and provide a friendly safe environment each evening. Since the project started six years ago it has hosted 400 guests, provided around 6000 bed nights, and served over 10,000 meals and helped 185 people move into longer term accommodation. People arrive at the Winter Night Shelter for many reasons. They can be old or young, men and women. Some are long term homeless, but many are the victims of circumstance. They may have deteriorating domestic issues. They may have lost jobs and no longer be able to pay for accommodation. Illness and disability are also factors that make people homeless.
This winter, WNSMK is seeking to double the number of venues offering shelter from seven to fourteen. Shenley Christian Fellowship is proud to be one of these new venues, standing alongside the Winter Night Shelter and offering our building, the Oak Tree Centre, and attenders of the church to help with this important project.
Why do we do it? Because Jesus calls us to. Matthew 25:35-40 NIV:
35 ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
For more information about the Winter Night Shelter please visit www.winternightsheltermk.com