Parishioners of Worth have just come together for their last Lenten lunch of the year. Hal and Rory Clarke have been running a series of soup lunches for CAFOD through Lent as they have done for a few years now.
It was a bright and sunny day as people gathered in the converted barn and the sound of lambs bleating filled the air. All in all round twenty people gathered today with conversation touching on many subjects such as gluten free bread, children’s liturgy and the parish’s livesimply award progress. These lunches provide a great way for people to catch up on what’s happening in the parish. The group shared how helpful Mandy, recently retired parish secretary in Worth, had been over the years, something to which we can also attest.
Lunching regular, Tony, said that he comes for the cause, the company and the soup (which was both delicious and healthy by the way). Another mentioned how people came along because they feel so welcome.
Fr Paul Fleetwood, Worth Parish Priest, joined the crowd and shared how the livesimply project on which the parish is embarking will hopefully help bring people together. This theme was also echoed by Hal who was delighted that the lunches did the same whilst also supporting people who are in difficult circumstances.
Hal remarked ‘how generous people are in coming every week and some even bring cakes to add to the meal’.
The total raised this year is £555 for which we are truly grateful. This time the lunches have been held in support of our European Refugee Crisis appeal.
Our sincere thanks to Hal and Rory for their hospitality, their generosity year after year and for making the soup each week too. Thanks also for preparing the barn so that it could be used for these functions. Our thanks also to the parish community of Worth (including West Hoathly).
Thanks to all those who have been holding and hosting soup lunches recently, they are truly in the spirit of livesimply.