Farm Street faith in action
It has been a busy and productive few days at Farm Street Church. Saturday night saw the annual Farm Street Church Ball hosted at the Savile Club. And on Monday the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) held a fundraising concert starring a high-profile line up, including Alexander Armstrong, Miranda Heldt, Alex Macqueen, and The Choir With No Name.
Both events were at capacity.
The Farm Street Ball featured the traditional raffle and auction, with prizes being donated by many local businesses including Scotts, and the Connaught and Claridges Hotels. “There was a fantastic atmosphere on both occasions and we are hopeful of breaking records this year and exceeding our target of £20,000,” said parish priest Fr Dominic Robinson SJ. “The committee worked tremendously hard and huge thanks are due to them.”
This year the money raised will go to help the night shelter for homeless people at the Jesuit parish of St Anselm’s in Southall, as well as the night shelter at Farm St Church itself. The concert was an initiative to raise money specifically for “Vinnie packs” – (packs put together by SVP with cold weather items for rough sleepers e.g. toiletries, hat, gloves, socks and a thermal blanket) for distribution by the SVP team which takes food to rough sleepers around the West End every Monday night.
“We have witnessed real enthusiasm for putting faith into action,” observed Fr Dominic, “It was a wonderful mix of people coming together for good causes – across all our masses and services, great involvement from our young adults’ group and our LBGT+ group, highlighting how the SVP and ministry to homeless people is a vital part of the life of this parish, as it has been over many decades now.”