This winter, we’ve experienced some of the coldest days in Victoria with temperatures close to zero in some areas. But in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, four of our Baptist churches have collaborated with ten other churches to provide warmth and shine the light of Jesus to those without shelter in the city of Maroondah. As part of the Winter Shelter Program, these churches open up their doors every night to provide shelter, food and support for homeless men in the community.
“We love the idea of the church as God’s whole body working together to care for people who otherwise would fall through the cracks,” Mark Nidenko, Associate Pastor from Heathmont Baptist Church said.
Gitta Clayton, Community Engagement Coordinator at Croydon Hills Baptist Church said that it’s the second year that they’re involved in the program.
“I hope the word gets out to more people across churches in Melbourne as it’s a real privilege to be involved,” she said.
To find out more about Winter Shelter visit wintershelter.org.au