God’s heart is for the lost and the poor, and as a church we have a responsibility to get involved in our world and spread the ‘good news of Jesus’ in what we say AND what we do.
Jesus announced the beginning of His ministry in Luke 4 with these words: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour."
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31:8 -9)
At Ebe, we support a few local charitable organisations which work with the marginalised in our city. We support them in prayer, financially and with volunteers involved. Please contact the Church Office if you would like to know more.
Crisis Centre Ministries, or 'CCM', is a Christian charity that helps the homeless and people affected by drug-addiction in Bristol, England. They do this by running four main projects:
• The Wild Goose is a drop in centre that serves hot free meals six days a week, staff help people into emergency and supported accommodation as well as providing other practical support.
• The LITE Course (Life-Skills and Initial Training for Employment) aims to build confidence and develop the potential of people who have been in addiction, or who suffer with mental health problems, and who have been long term under-employed.
• East Bristol Foodbank is a project that provides food parcels to people who have been referred by front-line care professionals.
• Spring Of Hope Women's Night Shelter provides up to twelve emergency self-referral beds in a safe place for women who may otherwise have nowhere to go.
- One25 is a Bristol-based charity, specialising in enabling women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues and build new, independent lives. We provide night outreach (6 sessions weekly), drop-in centre and casework, giving person-centred support and advocacy to around 300 women each year.
Our service users are women over 18 years old who are trapped in, vulnerable to, or building new lives away from street sex-work. We meet their complex, intertwined needs including: addiction, homelessness, life skills and employment, poverty, violence, ill-health, offending and bad or broken relationships.
"Extending solidarity to people seeking asylum and experiencing destitution through accommodation and creative community involvement."
Bristol Hospitality Network (BHN) provides full board accommodation in host households or in its large house for men in Bristol and community volunteering opportunities and cottage enterprise in solidarity with both male and female asylum seekers experiencing destitution. BHN was formed in 2009 and became a registered incorporated charity in 2010.
The ‘network’ is much more than an organisation… Our Bristol-based network is made up of hosts, volunteers, members (people being hosted), friends, former refugees, distant supporters…
There are many ways to get involved! We are looking for new volunteers to join our dynamic social enterprise group, and someone with experience and a passion for communication to help us tell others what we do and how they can help. We are always looking for new hosts, and people with a little time to offer. You might come and get to know someone who is going through a hard time, or give a short talk to your community.More information— bristolhospitalitynetwork.wordpress.com | www.facebook.com/pages/Bristol-Hospitality-Network-BHN/131502840269085
SixtyOne is a group of Bristol based charities, churches, businesses and individuals who have come together to work co-operatively to help ex-prisoners lead meaningful lives that are free from crime.
SixtyOne exists to:
1. Enable churches and Christians to reach out ‘and proclaim the good news’ to prisoners through mentoring, volunteering, prayer and giving.
2. Enable organisations and charities working with offenders to work in partnership with churches and Christians across Bristol to provide high quality and local support to prisoners and ex-prisoners.
3. Hold a strategic overview of need across the Greater Bristol area and support organisations that are genuinely seeking to work in partnership with local churches.More information— www.sixty-one.org