Otherwise known as the Hot Chocolate Project.
For over six years now group of volunteers from Studley Churches have gone out amongst the youngsters in our village on a Friday evening providing drinks and this has been very successful and very much appreciated especially when it’s cold and wet and even more so when the snow has been bad.
The youngsters have been very surprised when we have told them it’s free, because all the resources needed are donated by our congregation and other organisations that have heard about what we are doing.
The minority of people have labelled these youngsters that hang around as trouble makers but we have not come across any violence or bad behaviour – in fact most of them are very polite. Even the police have noticed that there is not as much trouble in the early evenings in this area. So hopefully what we are doing is having a positive effect in some small way.
Here are a few of the comments we have heard over some of the evenings:-
- Are you still here braving the cold?
- I think it’s the best hot chocolate I have ever had!
- I’ve walked all the way from Redditch just for this!
- Why do you do it?
We do it because we have a ministry and a mission to be out amongst those who need to know that they are loved for who they are.