As a church we have always responded to the needs of the community and tried very hard to listen to what God is saying to us. There have been a number of people from within the congregation and also other Christians outside of our church community that God has been speaking to, in particular about the rise of homeless and those finding it hard to make ends meet. What can we do?
As a result of lots of prayer and discussion the Elders and the Trust Board, together, have decided to close the opshop and use the house as a community drop-in-centre.
There has been discussion with the volunteers from the opshop and, although sad at losing something they love and has been significant in their lives, they are keen to be involved in the new drop-in-centre. Many people drop in to the opshop now, not so much to buy clothes but to chat with the team, particularly the amazing Tania.
One of the first things we plan to do is to offer a community lunch at least one (probably 2) days a week.
There are a whole host of things that the centre can provide; from English classes, to WINZ support and help, a listening ear, prayer, parenting classes, budgeting advice and a safe place to 'be'.
One of the people from the community is a senior person at CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau) and they see us having a significant role because of our location. Our kete of ideas is over-flowing but we are keen to hear from you if you have any suggestions.
At the same time, we are also shifting the church/trust offices from number 5A to number 3A and TM will move from 3A to 3. So a lot of work needs to be done. This is the reason we are having the working bee on the 18th August.
If you are interested in helping out then please see me.