Our biggest project each year at St Luke’s is our part in the Islington Churches Cold Weather Shelter. Throughout January-March (the coldest three months of the year), we open our doors each Saturday to offer a bed and meals to homeless people (six other churches in the area cover the rest of the week). Now the dust has settled on the 2014 project, we’re pleased to report it was another successful season. Over 13 Saturday evenings, we hosted 80 homeless guests. As well as food, friendship and a warm, comfortable place to sleep, Nightshelter also offered services such as hairdressing. Activities are another valued part of the experience and this year, guests were able to enjoy three evenings of live music and one evening of dance, participate in a photography project, and have fun at a pizza-making evening. Over 100 volunteers from the church and local area helped to make Nightshelter 2014 run smoothly – without them, the project would be impossible. Church members also donated clothes, toiletries and food. Guests particularly appreciated the new shower cubicle and washroom, which St Luke’s was able to install thanks to fundraising efforts by the church and individual members. The success of Nightshelter is a testament to the hard work and commitment of Dan Northam Jones. Special thanks also goes to Alex Smith, who volunteered at all but one night shift. ‘The shelter would not have been possible without Alex’s dedication,’ says Dan. Plans are already underway for the 2015 Nightshelter, and will begin in earnest after the summer break. Please speak to Dan if you’d like to help out in any way – from supervising shifts, to doing laundry and cooking meals, to raising sponsorship money to keep the project afloat. Thank you!