It’s only been two weeks since we opened the doors of our newest Community Grocery in Netherton and seen our biggest grocery launch yet! On the very first day more than 100 people signed up and another 300 people since. We now have over 6,000 members signed up to our Community Groceries across the UK! That’s 6,000 families accessing fresh and affordable food and hearing the gospel each week!
The launch of Community Grocery Netherton was celebrated with members enjoying free ice cream, bacon butties and cupcakes as they signed up and we saw the lives of many people changed – people like Jacob. On launch day, Jacob shared that he was struggling to feed his family since being put on furlough. His family had since grown with the arrival of his new baby and he was starting to get into debt. Jacob felt such a sense of relief signing up to the grocery and just a couple of weeks on he is saving over £80 a week thanks to the grocery!
Over in Ragworth, we met Chloe who came into the grocery feeling really overwhelmed as she was a single mum of five children who was struggling to get by. After signing Chloe up to the grocery and making up a free extra care package for her, our team sat chatting to her and telling her about Jesus. As they spoke they also got the chance to pray with her. She was so touched by the love and acceptance she felt at the grocery saying that she was no longer embarrassed to ask for help and she has signed up to come along to some of the support courses the grocery is running in coming weeks.
The team also met Lorraine who brought her daughter and granddaughter into the store to sign up for memberships. Lorraine chatted with team and shared that her daughter had recently tried to take her life and this was the first time she had left the house since, but she wanted to say thank you to the team for creating such a welcoming, accepting and supportive environment. The team got pray with Lorraine and her family and invited them along to church.
And in Wigan, Mike signed up to the grocery and started chatting with the team about his difficult financial situation and how much of a blessing the grocery was for him. As they chatted, Mike shared that he had a job interview coming up and one of our volunteers prayed for him about the job and that God would help fix his financial situation. A few days later, Mike came rushing into the grocery saying he got the job and that his new employer had been really supportive in helping him get back on track financially!