Farm Street Church

Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest at Farm Street Church, writes about the importance of #RedWednesdayOver the last five years, November has been a special month for Aid to the Church in Need (https://acnuk.org/) and their #RedWednesday campaign has been hugely successful in drawing attention to the persecution of Christians and the general issue of religious freedom. It’s now a global initiative and I would ask everyone to make this year’s #RedWednesday on 25 November a campaign day that can...
Fr Dominic interviewed by Newsnight during the first lockdown
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, the chair of the Justice and Peace Commission In Westminster Diocese, explained to The Tablet the important role played by faith groups in tackling homelessness this winter: “As the cold weather looms the needs are getting more serious, with increasing numbers on the poverty line.” He reported that Westminster City Council wants to work with faith groups, “and this is a time to work together”. Joint initiatives planned at his Farm Street parish include mental health...
Hannah meeting friends outside the abandoned building in Bihać where they sleep.
Before the first lockdown, Hannah Parry played the organ here at Farm Street Church. When places of worship were forced to close due to the pandemic, Hannah volunteered with organisations across Europe, bearing witness to the abuse and brutality that is suffered by countless people in their search for safety and protection. In her work with the small NGO, No Name Kitchen, Hannah not only gave out food and clothes, but collected the testimonies from victims of border violence who suffer pushback...
A recent survey found that London is not only the most religious city in the UK, but religious Londoners are twice as likely as people in other parts of the country to attend a service twice a month or more.  However, the new £15 congestion charge, to include weekends, has been a blow for central London’s places of worship, with many unable to afford the hike. Ruby Almeida, a parishioner at Farm Street Church and regional co-ordinator of the London branch of Landings, has been...
Religious in England and Wales have been asked to offer space in their buildings to vulnerable people who face street homelessness as the emergency housing scheme put in place for the pandemic draws to a close.Hundreds of vulnerable people will urgently need accommodation by the end of July, when the hotels and hostels currently housing street homeless people reopen for business.Some 5,400 people who were housed in emergency accommodation for the three-month lockdown now face being made...
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ was interviewed by BBC London News about the reopening of Farm Street Church and the effect the increased congestion charge could have on attendance and church life For weeks Mass has looked very different at Farm Street Church in central London. During the pandemic it’s been streamed online. Soon the congregation will be allowed back but Fr Dominic is worried that the congestion charge means that some won’t return. Fr Dominic said: “Just about all of our congregation, 1...
Dominic Robinson
Catholic groups have lobbied the Government in a bid to ensure that around 5,400 homeless people who have been housed in emergency pandemic accommodation for three months do not return to rough sleeping.The groups are calling for adequate resources made available to keep them off the streets post-pandemic. Also, they are urging the Government to revise its exclusion of vulnerable groups, to help for example the many migrants who have no recourse to public funds.“We are working with local...
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, priest in charge, said:“Farm Street is delighted to reopen our doors to the general public. We will be open from 10:30am (12:30pm on Sunday) - 5pm every day. In the first instance this will be for private prayer as we prepare to open again for public worship. In opening our doors, we are giving out the right message to the world. During the last 10 weeks we have been reaching out remotely to our community and to so many others in London and around the world. This has...
Argentinian newspaper includes pics of Pandemic Pizza in its coronavirus coverageSome of you may have seen our “Pandemic Pizza” story here. Volunteers from Farm Street Church and other London Catholic Churches teamed up with Pandemic Pizza to provide homemade pizza, refreshments, fresh fruit and shower referrals to homeless people in London’s Trafalgar Square. The new, innovative partnership, set up a stand beside the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, and is supporting some of the city’s most...
Since the lockdown began, central London churches - including Farm Street, St Patrick's, and the French Church - have been serving hundreds of breakfasts and evening meals, thanks to the generosity of Claridges and the Connaught Hotel. Now homeless people also have somewhere to go during the day - the new homeless refreshment station under the Fouth Plinth. Anthony Doran, from Farm Street Church in Mayfair, explained that his group, which also includes volunteers from Westminster Cathedral...

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