Archbishop Justin visits Emmaus Dover

On Monday 14 April, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, launched a week of visits to social action projects and Christian groups in Dover, with a visit the Emmaus community and shop in Archcliffe Fort. Accompanied by his wife Caroline, Archbishop Justin enjoyed a tour of the Emmaus site, led by Chair of the Trustees, Ms Liz Waller and Community Coordinator, Maureen Gale.

Emmaus supports single homeless people (called companions), who live and work in the community in exchange for accommodation, food, clothing and a small weekly allowance, and most importantly a chance to start afresh.

During the tour, the Archbishop saw the shop and workshop in which second hand furniture is restored and sold, the garden and the companion’s living quarters.

The Archbishop also spoke to many of the companions, hearing about their experiences of homelessness and how Emmaus has helped them.

Commenting during the visit the Archbishop said: “I am delighted to be here and it has been good to meet and talk to the companions, staff and volunteers. This Emmaus community provides much needed support to homeless people, helping to set them back on their feet.”

Throughout the week the Archbishop will be visiting Christian groups and projects in Dover with the aim of understanding Christian faith and application in a local setting.  The Archbishop has said he is looking forward to talking to local people including volunteers, ministers and worshippers about their Christian faith and how they help share the love of God in Jesus Christ in Dover and the surrounding villages.

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Further information from:

Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876 210 446, eshepherd@diocant.org

Photo shows:

Various of the Archbishop at Emmaus

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