You are very warmly invited to join us at our service of thanksgiving and celebration for the work of Welcare over the last 125 years.
Welcare was founded in 1894 to support single, homeless young girls, women and their babies. For 125 years Welcare has worked closely with local churches and developed services to reflect the needs of local communities. Welcare works with children and families who struggle to face major challenges of poverty, domestic abuse and mental and physical ill health by offering a range of group work programmes and individual support.
Welcare will host a Service of Thanksgiving in Southwark Cathedral at 11am on Saturday 15th June, to celebrate work with families over the years, and to look forward to a bright and positive future. Our President, The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Christopher Chessun, will officiate and preach. Volunteers, staff, and young people will contribute to the service.
Sunday Evensong – then Even More at Christ Church as they launch an occasional series of post-service discussions. The first one was held on 2nd June on the topic of “The Christian Approach to Civil Disobedience”. There will be more to follow.
Evensong at 5pm, followed by discussions over tea or coffee for about half and hour after the service. Or come at 5:30pm for the sermon and discussion.
There are two events coming up later this month to celebrate the 25 year anniversary since women were first ordained to the priesthood in Southwark Diocese.
The first event is an exhibition of photographs by Jim Grover called ‘Here Am I‘ which documents the stories of 12 female priests from the Diocese of Southwark ordained at different moments during the last 25 years and serving in a variety of contexts (seewww.oxotower.co.uk/events/here-am-i). It opens for 10 days from 22nd May at the Oxo Gallery, free to all.
Secondly, on Saturday on the 25th May there is a wonderful morning of celebration at the Cathedral called ‘Inspired for the Future‘, culminating in a Eucharist at 12.15pm. Details are here bit.ly/25YearsWomen. It is important to note that the Study Morning and Eucharist are not just for women and not just those who are ordained! Although we will consider women’s voices past, present and global, we will reflect on how the dialogue has opened up for the whole people of God and where we go from here.
A deanery within the diocese of Southwark in South West London