The annual service for homeless people who died during the last year, organised by Housing Justice
and the Connection at St Martin's
, was held on 8th November at a packed St Martin's.
Last year, the names of almost 100 people were read out; this year, 105 people - both homeless and staff, and volunteers working with them - were commemorated by Monty, a Big Issue
seller, and staff from The Passage
, the Connection at St Martin's and Housing Justice. A further 15 names arrived too late for inclusion.
Sister Rosalie of The Passage, Gordon Waller of West London Day Centre
, Janie Kidstone from the Upper Room and Roger Shaljean from Connection remembered the lives of a few individuals with affection and humour.
The theme of the service, 'Living Stones', was drawn from the New Testament: "He is the Living Stone, rejected by human beings but chosen by God and precious to him..." The congregation placed stones, many with the names of the dead, in a spiral symbolising eternal life. The service ended with a heartfelt rendition of 'There's a place for us' from Streetwise Opera