Langley’s latest thanksgiving service was held in the inspiring setting of Coventry Cathedral.
Almost 80 Langley supporters, staff, trustees and Cathedral regulars gathered together on a rainy April spring evening for the service. It provided the opportunity to learn more about Langley’s work, give thanks to God and to pray for the work of the Trust.
The service reflected Langley’s Christian heritage and roots, although we remain committed to working with people of any faith or none.
The theme of reconciliation and rebuilding at the heart of the Cathedral’s work was an apt fit for the evening.
Different Langley speakers gave insights into the challenges that our residents face when rebuilding their lives after crime and prison, many of whom still struggle with addictions, mental health issues and trauma.
The manager for our Coventry project spoke openly about the progress John* had made, a former resident who had had previous issues with alcoholism, homelessness and crime.
Thanks to the support he received, John is now crime-free and living independently. He has also successfully secured donations from local businesses for the development of the project’s garden. Speaking outside the thanksgiving, John talked about his dream of having a display at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Langley’s support involves providing accommodation plus practical skills and experience for men and women to exit crime for good. We have just a 2.6% reconviction rate whilst people are in our housing.
Another staff member outlined her personal experience of domestic violence and homelessness and how this had helped her in her work for the Trust.
The evening was hosted by Reverend Kathryn Fleming, with a customary warmth and grace which reflected the picturesque surroundings of the Cathedral.
Reverend Andy Rider (pictured), Chaplain to Langley and Rector of Christ Church Spitalfields, delivered a stirring message focused on overcoming.
His insights challenged those involved to consider how they could get involved in creating change in the lives of men and women turning their lives around after crime.
Langley’s next thanksgiving services will take place in Manchester in July and Winchester in September. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.