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Nottingham: no-one should eat alone on 1 June say church leaders

Church leaders across Nottingham are urging Christians to invite their neighbours for a meal as part of The Big Lunch on 1 June ...

Nottingham locals may notice a surge in community spirit in the lead up to The Big Lunch on Sunday 1 June thanks to an initiative backed by churches across the city which are taking part in Hope14.
 
As part of the 2014 year of mission, HOPE has teamed up with The Big Lunch once again and is encouraging churches across Nottingham to come together and invite their neighbours to a Big Lunch street party. Tying in with the UK-wide Big Lunch campaign, HOPE aims to bring the celebrations especially to the most isolated and vulnerable of Nottingham’s residents.
 
Led by the Eden Project, the ethos of The Big Lunch is to encourage neighbourhoods to come together to share lunch and a few hours of community, friendship and fun.  2014 marks the sixth year of Big Lunch which last year saw more than 3.5 million people get together in their communities.
 
Big Lunch partner HOPE unites Christians in mission to work together in the local areas where they live and work, in towns and suburbs, building positive relationships between churches and the local community.
 
Nottingham is one of the cities where churches are working together as part of HOPE. HOPE Nottingham Director, Nigel Adams, outlines what is being planned. He says: “We plan to have churches all over the city hosting Big Lunches; either alone or in collaboration with other churches. We're also encouraging members to host street parties and invite people into their homes for the day to enjoy a meal together. Our main aim is simple – that the Church should be at the forefront of ensuring that no-one eats alone.
 
"The whole purpose of the initiative is to provide our church members with the chance to put their faith into action and serve local residents. We want the whole weekend to be an opportunity to help build relationships with our neighbours, to reach out to those so often overlooked, and, most importantly, to be good news for our city.

“Everyone who attends a Big Lunch will be invited to a great banquet in Market Square Nottingham on Sunday 22 June, which will feature music from an open invitation Gospel Choir led by gospel music leader Freddie Kofi.”

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