Soup Kitchen


The Soup Kitchen provides a nutritious meal and a food parcel to homeless men and women every Thursday morning. 

As Rosebank becomes more of a metropolitan centre our church’s role in reaching out to the homeless becomes more and more important.

On average, 150 people are served every Thursday.  We would love you to join our team of helpers who collect ingredients, and prepare and serve the food each week.  

Please contact Wendy Marsden here.


 

Adult Basic Education

Adult English classes are held at St. Martin’s Church from 2 – 4 on Thursday afternoons.

 We help those who want to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills, while at the same time enjoying a spirit of friendship. Many local people and migrants working in the neighbourhood would like to have a better understanding of English.  Our classes range from beginners up to ABET level 3 (which is the approximate equivalent of Grade 7).  We use the Media Works computer based programme for some of our learners.

 If you feel you could benefit or know anyone who would, please join us.

 Please contact Hilly Diemont or Annalee Thomas thomases@etech-host.co.za here.


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Hospice and Rehabilitation Outreach

St Martin’s supports the Alexandra Hospice and Rehabilitation Centre. This facility is licensed to care of residential patients and is usually operating at maximum capacity.

 The percentage of young patients has been on the rise and the centre could not continue without the unpaid voluntary time given by student nurses. St Martin’s – through its Soup Kitchen, OVC outreach and individual parishioners - usually donate mealie meal, rice, vegetables, soup. Occasionally, fruit, clothing, linen, gardening equipment and seeds are also given.

 Please contact Cyril May: cyril.may@wits.ac.za


 

Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Around 2001, St Martin’s set up a committee to tackle some of the social problems in impoverished communities emanating from the HIV-AIDS epidemic; the effect on orphaned and vulnerable children in particular.

 Since 2001, St Martin’s has supported several orphaned and vulnerable children initiatives in the Johannesburg vicinity. Currently, we support ‘Uncedalowabantu Feeding Scheme’ in Alexandra. St Martin’s OVC Committee purchases groceries on a monthly basis, and also donates winter woollies, Christmas gifts and stationery annually. The number of children supported by the feeding scheme has now ballooned to over 600.

 We exist to support, assist and put smiles on the faces of children at risk, and create an environment conducive for mutual support.

 Please contact Jane Sproule: janes@worldonline.co.za   or   Blondie Mokgata: Blondie.Mokgata@sibanyegold.co.za


 

Prison Ministry

We take part in the ministry under the auspices of Lotsha Ministries.

 Some of the Lotsha courses we've participated in include “Ukhuphula Iketanga” (“Breaking Chains”), “Uyaphe Manje?” (“Where To Now?”) and the “Prayer of Jabez” (a well-known book and associated bible study covering topics such as temptation and how Christians should resist temptation whilst waiting on God’s answers to prayer).  Another course we have delivered successfully is “Bridges to Life”, developed in the Texas prison system.

 Our team is usually between five and ten members.  We deliver courses to between ten and thirty inmates who graduate with a certificate from each course they complete. Courses must be approved by the Department of Correctional Services.  Sessions are at Leeukop Medium C prison, Sunninghill. The team enters the prison on Saturdays at 09h00.

 We would like you to get involved.

 Please contact Greg Skeen here. 


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St Martin’s-in-the-Veld Wellness Centre

The St Martin’s-in-the-veld Wellness Centre provides free Primary Health Care to those who are not members of a medical aid scheme, living in and around our community. Our target groups are:

  • Parishioners of St Martin’s
  • Retired people/ pensioners including those living in old age homes
  • Homeless people
  • Domestic workers and gardeners
  • Anyone who requires treatment

We are also licensed to dispense chronic medication to those currently being serviced by government and provincial clinics as well as those who wish to make use of this service.

 The clinic is manned by qualified doctors and nurses and is open on Sundays, between 09h00 – 12h00

 Please contact Dr Nosiba Skenjana –Moahloli (Medical Director)  (Cell: 082-410-2038)


 

Sustainable Community Development Initiatives

Sustainable development is about finding better ways of doing things, both for the future and the present. Small actions, taken collectively, can add up to real change.

To promote the sustainable living of orphaned children, St Martin’s embarked on renovating a children’s safe house in Westbury towards the end of 2015. By early December 2016, approximately 90% of the planned work had been completed.

The interior refurbishment has brought life back to the house, making it more comfortable, fun and safer for the children, and the smiley faces one is now greeted with says it all!

 More sustainable community projects to be explored in the near future.

 Please contact Cyril May: cyril.may@wits.ac.za