Diocese of Portsmouth

    Pioneers provide Christmas Day community

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    11 Jan. 2017

    OUR pioneer ministers working across the PO9 postcode of Havant brought together 80 people for a truly community-minded Christmas Day.

    The wide-ranging group included everyone from babes in arms to the elderly, from professionals to the homeless. They shared a special day of entertainment, companionship and a Christmas feast.

    It was organised by the Revs Barney and Sara Barron, who are working as our pioneer ministers in the area, in partnership with Park Community School. There was laser quest and inflatables for those with plenty of energy, as well as films and newspapers for those who preferred a more sedate atmosphere. And there was a surprise visit from Santa Claus, who brought gifts for everyone.

    Christmas Day is not always a happy day for everyone, for all sorts of reasons. Issues such as loneliness, isolation or economic hardship often come to the fore. That's why this day was organised with an open invitation. There were plenty of smiles for those who might have found the day a struggle.

    The day was made possible with help from the Big Lottery Fund, Waitrose and PO9 Publications. There was also overwhelming support from the staff at Park Community School, including the chef and his team, teaching staff, governors and students.