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Community lunch club backed to the sound of music

TEAM WORK: Pastor Carla Thomas (centre) along with her lunch club volunteers

MI-SOUL RADIO gospel DJ Tony Tomlin is doing his bit to support charitable endeavours by organising a fundraising concert for a community lunch club that feeds the homeless.

The concert will take place on March 7 at the New Testament Church of God Rehoboth (NTCG), in Sydenham, south London. The church provides hot meals to homeless people via their community lunch club. Artists taking part include King Arthur, Seth Pinnock & Ant and Natalie Phillips.

Since the club started in March 2015, the number of people the church feeds every Monday has risen from just 10 to 150 people per week, spreading across three hostels.

The Community Lunch Club currently receives support from local businesses which include the Brixton Cake Shop, Copy Print Bromley, John’s Key Cutting Bromley, Sainsbury’s and Londis.

However, NTCG Rehoboth wants to expand its work so that they not only feed the homeless and vulnerable, but also provide more befriending, mentoring and training activities to help the people they feed get their lives back on track.

Pastor Carla Thomas, who leads NTCG Rehoboth and oversees the lunch club project, told Soul Stirrings: “Our goal for 2015 is to expand our outreach service and achieve our goal of providing 300+ meals a week by the end of 2015 and to support at least 50 homeless people to build their employment and life skills, enhancing their potential of accessing employment, education and training opportunities.”

It is hoped that the concert will help raise much needed funds so that the church can continue with its work, and expand the range of services it offers.

Visit: www.facebook.com/ntcgrehoboth) to find out more about the Rehoboth Community Lunch club

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