North East Leeds Network is led by Stuart Roberts, and comprises 5 small groups who link with other local churches and charities in North Leeds in order to contribute in a practical way to the voluntary work that is already taking place. How is North East Leeds Network Sharing Life and Loving Leeds? So far, we have connected with three main projects: Christians Against Poverty (CAP), the North Leeds Foodbank and Gledhow Christian Care Home.
We were welcomed very positively by a CAP debt counsellor who works as a volunteer. Several Network members have accompanied the debt counsellor on her visits to give them support and to pray with their clients. In future we hope to help by taking clients on shopping trips and organising special events or treats for them. Another member of our Network circulates a prayer chain, so that we can pray for the clients’ needs.
Eleven Network members helped members from other churches to promote the new North Leeds Foodbank during a two-day food collection in glorious sunshine at Tesco, Roundhay Road, in the summer. It was great to tell the public about the scheme and to receive and sort their generous donations of over two metric tons of food. Tesco contributed an extra 30 % as well.
A small team has been set up to help run the services on Sundays at Gledhow Christian Care Home and also to assist with activities for the elderly residents there.
Where have you seen God working? We've seen God at work in leading us to get involved in CAP just at a time when the debt counsellor was thinking they would have to give it up if no one stepped up to help. God provided the right premises for the North Leeds Foodbank, which was also pretty amazing; the Network was not instrumental in any way in achieving this.
What can St G’s pray for North Leeds? Please pray for continued co-operation and strengthening of links with these 3 organisations in North Leeds. Also pray for another potential debt counsellor to train and visit clients, as there is a high demand for help in this area.