Sunday Suppers

At the heart of Sunday Suppers are these words spoken by Jesus:

Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. -  ′

Matthew 25.38-40

Inspired by these words we open our doors every Sunday, from 5.30pm, to welcome people who may be homeless, vulnerable and lonely.

We welcome people to come and share a simple meal. We do this in place of our evening service because we fully recognise the churches need to serve our local community in this way.

St Simon’s has been practicing this hospitality for over 20 years.


We meet regularly to pray for people who we meet through Sunday Suppers and we offer prayer each week to those who join us.

Through prayer and the building of relationships we have seen lives transformed.



Sunday Suppers, is a vital outreach to many in our community and within itself is a community in its own right. During Sunday Suppers, we spend time getting to know people coming in. For many these relationships that are build up, grow into genuine friendship and support.


It’s not just about the food though. St Simon’s has a heart for the Sunday Suppers Community.

You can become a part of it!


Sharing Resources

  • We are able to offer a small gift of simple store cupboard ingredients to those that need it.
  • We carry a small selection of clothing for those in need.
  • Duvets and sleeping bags are supplied where possible.

Consider buying and donating a sleeping bag in the winter period.

We differ from a foodbank in many ways, not least because those who we see on a regular basis can be in an ongoing crisis scenario. Some may not be able to afford fuel to cook with and others may not have cooking facilities available.

On the Menu

We offer refreshments, as people arrive because we recognise the importance of a warm welcome.

The Kitchen Team prepare a hearty soup and a variety of breads. This is followed by a selection of sandwiches. We round the evening off with a selection of cakes.


Equally as important, we love spending time with people who join us at Sunday Suppers.


Volunteer POWER!

This is all made possible through an amazing team of volunteers. Within St Simon’s congregation itself we have around 25 volunteers who give up their time on a regular basis. Volunteers man the kitchen, spend time with guests, make cakes, and collect vital donations.

We welcome volunteers!

Some of our volunteers have served Sunday Suppers for over 20 years!

Links in the Wider Community

We are indebted to many individuals and organisations that provide food and clothing throughout the year.  

We are indebted to many individuals and organisations that provide food and clothing throughout the year.  We are especially grateful to Hart Plain ChurchSt Colman's ChurchSt. Edmund's SchoolMayville High SchoolCowplain Evangelical ChurchMelody's Catering Services, Tesco, Dominos and several others.


Consider Being a Community Link

We welcome support from local businesses in our community.

There is plenty of evidence that volunteering is good for employees and good for business. We would welcome the opportunity to enable you to share your time and skills with us and become a part of this well established community outreach.

We don’t stop on a Sunday! We are growing and developing our work in the community. Please keep an eye on our website for updates and check out Breakthru. Breakthru is our Community Group supporting people with Mental Health issues and in recovery processes.


Other local meal provision

For other local meal provision options, see our Open Church page.



Read more

You can read more about Sunday Suppers and other church-led initiaitives in the are in the December 2019 edition of the @CofEPortsmouth magazine p10-11 and p12-13.