Photo Credit: Diocese of Europe
[ACNS] The Diocese of Europe’s pro-cathedral of Holy Trinity in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, brought hope and joy to around 60 people on the margins of society by hosting a community dinner.
Around 30 residents from the SamuSocial Gudelle, an emergency shelter for families and children in need, joined another 30 from Foyer Selah, a centre for asylum seekers run by the Salvation Army at the cathedral for “an evening of wonderful food and fun.”
The event, organised by staff from the pro-cathedral and volunteers from Serve the City, drew together participants from all corners of the globe and included Serbians, Iraqis, Syrians, Somalians, Congolese and Nigerians.
“Throughout the night, the children were able to play with the many toys donated by a local company, have their faces painted, and play games with some of the other children’s team volunteers,” the pro-cathedral’s Canon John Wilkinson said. “It was truly a joy to see all of the children having such a fun time and acting like proper kids!
“While the kids played, the adults were able to relax, eat with their friends and enjoy an incredible night of dancing.
“Participants were able to dance to songs from their homelands as our volunteer DJs had prepared a large playlist of popular songs from different areas of the world and took so many song requests throughout the night!
“It was amazing to see the faces of our participants light up when a song came on that they recognized from their home country! We were also treated to several performances during the dinner from participants who sang, read poems and preformed spoken word monologues.”
Following the success of the evening, Holy Trinity Brussels is now planning to host similar community dinners in the future.