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About Us

Who We Are

Coptic City Mission is a charity that aims to support those who are sleeping rough in Central London, by combatting the suffering of the homeless at a grass-roots level, through the provision of food and fellowship.

Since 2000, we have been providing service to those who are homeless and sleeping rough in Central London, under the care of the Coptic Orthodox Church. We aim to be different by not only fulfilling basic needs, such as food, drink and material essentials, but also through having a powerful impact by tackling loneliness and social exclusion.

We are ever grateful to our many stakeholders and supporters, some of whom are mentioned below, who have helped us throughout our constant growth over the decades; we welcome and invite anyone to support us financially, to volunteer with us or even to be served by the Mission.

Ever since 2000, we are still willing to grow and are constantly searching for new ways to have an impact on those we serve.

What We Do

Coptic City Mission has always strived to be much more than a soup run handout for the homeless; we endeavour to listen and to forge real, meaningful relationships.

On a weekly basis, we undertake to provide food, clothing, sleeping bags and fellowship for the homeless. Every Tuesday evening, we carry out all of the steps necessary for City Mission, which ranges from purchasing the food and hot drinks to preparing and packing the meals. Finally, we distribute these meals, alongside tea and coffee, in Spenser Street, Victoria and the Strand.

Our support not only includes the provision of food, sleeping bags, clothing and other necessities, but also companionship and a listening ear. At the end of the evening, we finish by singing contemporary worship songs and gathering together.

In addition, on the last Tuesday of every month, we run an Indoor Mission at St. Saviour’s, Pimlico, where we provide hot meals and drinks alongside the regular service.

Our History

Key dates in the history of City Mission and the evolving problem of homelessness in London’s streets:

  • 2000 – City Mission is founded under the care of His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos and several university graduates, heading into the streets of Victoria for the first time
  • 2004 – Amount of sandwich bags distributed increases from 40 to 80
  • 2005 – Singing is brought into the regular City Mission schedule
  • 2007 – City Mission moves, changing from the original location by Westminster Cathedral to Spenser Street, where we currently serve
  • 2012 – Christmas City Mission is held indoors for the first time at St. Saviour’s Church Hall, Pimlico
  • 2013 – Indoor City Mission at St. Saviour’s becomes a regular diary fixture, held monthly

Join Us

We meet to serve the homeless every Tuesday evening.

7:30pm - Prepare

Cardinal Hume Centre, Arneway Street, SW1P 2BG

7:30pm - Prepare

Join us in preparing the food bags and hot drinks together at the Cardinal Hume Centre, Arneway Street, SW1P 2BG at 7.30pm.

9pm - Serve

Spenser Street, Victoria, SW1E 6AA

9pm - Serve

Join us in serving our friends on Spenser Street, Victoria, SW1E 6AA at 9pm.

Alternatively, join us in the Strand instead. Please just contact us in advance or meet us at Cardinal Hume at 7:30pm if you wish to do so.

9.45pm - Worship

Spenser Street, Victoria, SW1E 6AA

9.45pm - Worship

Join us in worshipping together with a guitar to end the night at 9.45pm, at Spenser Street, Victoria, SW1E 6AA.

On the last Tuesday of every month we hold an Indoor Mission instead. We serve up hot food and drinks at St Saviour’s, Pimlico, St George’s Square, SW1V 3QW, from 7:30pm to 10pm.

Donations

£4

One Bag of Food

Donate £4 to give one bag of food to a homeless person.

£10

One Sleeping Bag

Donate £10 to give one sleeping bag to a homeless person.

£15

All Hot Drinks

Donate £15 to cover all hot drinks for an evening.

£75

The Whole Night

Donate £75 to cover the cost of an entire evening.

£?

You decide

Donate any amount you want, as often as you can afford to.

Team Leaders

Edward Awad

With 4 years’ continuous service at Mission and 3 years as leader, Edward’s key responsibilities include the provisioning of sleeping bags, and managing donations, excluding money (e.g. clothing, footwear).

Edward can be contacted on 07852551535

Mina Hanna

Mina has been serving at City Mission over the last 3 years; leading for 2 years. His key responsibilities include obtaining food and drinks to distribute, supervising the running of Mission, and managing cash donations.

Mina can be contacted on 07754692949

Church Representatives

Members of the Coptic Orthodox Church can talk to the representatives of their churches.

St. Mark's

Andrew Whitworth - androuni@gmail.com

Kensington

Andrew Whitworth – androuni@gmail.com

St. Mary & Archangel Michael

Michael Baid - 07969606568

Golders Green

Michael Baid – 07969606568

St. George Cathedral

Fadi Mikhail - 07799530943

Stevenage

Fadi Mikhail – 07799530943

St. Mary & St. Shenouda

Daniella Ghobrial - 07407231398

Croydon

Daniella Ghobrial – 07407231398

St. Mary & St. Abraam

Mark Habib - 07899868951

Brighton

Mark Habib – 07899868951

Contact Us

Feel free to ask us any questions, including general queries, PR enquiries and support for charitable donations. One of our representatives will be in contact with you within 72 hours of your message.

Supporters

Showing support for the people helping us.

St. Saviour’s Church, Pimlico

Local parish church and location of our monthly Indoor Mission and annual Christmas Mission, graciously providing their support to our service since 2012.

Pret a Manger

Dedicated contributors to our weekly service of phenomenally delicious sandwiches, salads and pastries over the many years.

Cardinal Hume Centre

Kind donors of their venue on Tuesday evenings, allowing us to prepare food and drinks for distribution at Outdoor Mission.