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Open Door Appeal 2018 update

Posted 23rd April 2018

At the beginning of 2018 we launched a very special appeal. We were appealing for regular financial supporters who would be willing to invest in the work of Open Door. 

We have been so encouraged to see the number of regular supporters more than triple in the last few months! This will make a huge difference to the lives of the many homeless and vulnerable people in Colchester.

There is still a long way to go though and I (Peter) have been encouraging the team and Trustees to take some of our appeal flyers and to tell the story of Open Door to friends and family. 

To find out more about how to become one of our supporters for just £5 a month, please check out our appeal page.

Open Door celebrates Christmas

Posted 17th Jan 2018

Not long before Christmas we took the opportunity to celebrate together. After weeks of anticipation it was finally time for our Christmas lunch. Despite the snow outside over 60 people piled in to the hall for the Turkey roast with all the trimmings. There was a great atmosphere and all our guests were waited on.

Before we started on the Christmas pudding we made sure that everyone got a Christmas gift. Everyone got in to pairs with each person going to pick a gift for their partner. Our huge thanks to St John's church for not only donating the gifts but also wrapping them and writing cards. They were hugely appreciated.

Our thanks also to Waitrose who provided lots of Christmas goodies for us.

Sunday@One celebrates its 5th birthday!

Posted 20th Nov 2017

Balloons, cake, badges and a washing line of thankfulness. All of these were involved in our recent celebrations to mark 5 years of Sunday@One. During the special service, with over 50 people in attendance, we heard from Brenda Reade and Michael Franklin about some of the history of the service and their experiences of being involved. Everyone then had the opportunity to right down something they were thankful for and attach it to the ‘washing line of thankfulness’ we had put up in the hall.

It was a great occasion as we remembered and celebrated all that had happened over the last 5 years including the growth we have seen, people who have become Christians and got baptised, and the hundreds who have been welcomed in.

Launch of our newly refurbished premises!

Posted 25th Oct 2017

On Wednesday 6th September we official launched the newly refurbished Open Door. After being in the pipeline for a few years and being closed a bit throughout the summer for the work to take place we were delighted to launch the new room and show it off! Work has included removing the tired benches and replacing them with new tables and chairs. We also replaced the curtains with lovely new blinds and the whole room got redecorated. We often struggle for space in the kitchen so a new unit was installed on the back wall which has been a great help. The refurbished room is much more flexible in layout which is especially helpful for events such as Tuesday@Twelve.

We invited a number people from the community to the launch which included church leaders, charity leaders and dignitaries. It was wonderful to welcome people in to the Open Door environment and to share a little bit about the work that we are doing. We even had the Mayor of Colchester cut a ribbon!

Do come and check out our lovely new space!

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