Church gives all fare go
PARISHIONERS’ KINDNESS PUTS FOOD IN PARK
HIDDEN among the busy shoppers walking down the main street of St Marys are people worrying about where they will find their next meal.
But for the past two years a local church has helped put these worries aside at least for an afternoon during their fortnightly lunches in Coachmans Park.
The meal has transformed the park into a hub where the community can meet together and get to know each other, as well as sharing food.
Jay Alviz from the Jesus is Lord Church said the struggles faced by many in the community were confronting.
“You normally pass people by and don’t think about it, but when they tell their story you get shocked about what they’ve been through,” he said.
As well as sharing a meal in the park the church, in partnership with Christ Mission Possible, hands out hampers with groceries to help people fill their pantries with cereal and canned food.
“A lot are struggling so every fortnight it helps them out with their budget when they go to put food on the table,” Mr Alviz said.
“It becomes a meeting point for them and some of them bring their family as well.”
The church meets at the Fusion youth services hall on Sundays, but is negotiat- ing with Penrith Council to move to premises in Queen St.
“The place used to be a methadone clinic, so it would be great to turn it into something Alviz said.
The church is also involved in other programs such as visiting the families who have a parent in jail.
The next lunch in Coachmans Park will be this Sunday from noon.
Jay Alviz (second from right) and fellow members of his church serve meals in Coachmans Park.