Coptic City Mission


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 at the forefront of providing service to those who are homeless and sleeping rough in Victoria, 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. Even after our many years of experience, we are still striving 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 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 human interaction and thoughtful conversation. 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 a monthly 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 H.G. Bishop 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 • 2006 – Rough sleeping in London increases for the first time this decade, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government • 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 • 2014 – Local agencies report that rough sleeping in London has more than doubled over the last 6 years and risen by 77% since 2010. Amount of sandwich bags distributed increases from 80 to 100


Join Us


Preparing the food

Join us in making and preparing the food together at the Cardinal Hume Centre, Arneway Street, SW1P 2BG at 7.15pm



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.


Wrap up

Join us in worshipping together with a guitar to end the night at 9.45pm

On the last Tuesday of every month we hold an Indoor Mission with Hot food at St Saviour's, Pimlico, St George's Square, SW1V 3QW


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 24 hours of your message

Or Talk to one of our Leaders Directly

Edward Awad

With 4 years' continuous service at Mission and 3 years as leader, Edward's key responsibilities include:
  • Provision of sleeping bags.
  • 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.
  • Cash Donations.
  Mina can be contacted on 07754692949

Members of the Coptic Church may talk to the representatives of their churches

St. Mark's


Andrew Whitworth

St. Mary & Archangel Michael

Golders Green

Michael Baid


St. George Cathedral


Fadi Mikhail


St. Mary & St. Shenouda


Daniella Ghobrial


St. Mary & St. Abraam


Mark Habib


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One Bag of Food

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


One Sleeping Bag

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


All Hot Drinks

Donate £15 to cover all hot drinks including tea and coffee for everyone on the night


The Whole Night

Donate £75 to cover the cost of an entire Tuesday night



Or donate any amount you want...


Here are a few things that could be useful...

Worship song Words/Chords

Heres a link to the words/chords of the songs, Song Words

Shelter in London

If you need a place to stay or know someone who does heres a link for our trusted places around London, Hostels

Showing support for the people helping us


Coptic Church Centre UK

Parish of H.G. Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom and leader of Coptic City Mission.

Cardinal Hume Centre

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

Pret a Manger

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

Fadi Mikhail Album

Singer, songwriter, artist and mission supporter: for every purchase of his album, 20% goes directly to City Mission!

Mei-Snow Silver Lining Bag

Contemporary product designer, graduated from Central Saint Martins and dedicated to reducing rough sleeping in London. For every Purchase of this bag, one bag will be donated to City Mission.

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.

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