During September 2018 Coventry Jesus Centre welcomed our 17,000th different visitor in 16 years. No wonder we can't quite remember them all!
The Bridge Drop-in for homeless and disadvantaged people continues to be busy with over 50 people per session. So many of our visitors really appreciate the chance to get warm, get a shower and clothes or just enjoy free food and friendship. There is advice and support too.
Suzanna (pictured left) joined the Support Workers team a year ago and has been working with a small local charity that helps Coventry citizens get furniture to set up home. P says, “I was in a hostel for several years. Using the Jesus Centre’s computer and telephone, I was successful in getting a flat, but I had no furniture. I had a Community Care Grant for the very basics and Suzanna helped me to get other essentials such as a carpet etc.”
Support Workers are available for one to one appointments to help with online benefits applications and job searches, applying for furniture grants, dealing with debt issues, providing listening support and more.
We welcome Refugees and Migrants from all over the world to our English classes. Many are new to the country and they learn about UK life and culture as well as the vocabulary they can use in everyday life at the shops, talking to their children’s teacher, making a doctor’s appointment. ESOL for Work courses help others prepare for the world of work. M says, “Now I feel more confident …. I can go shopping. I can do anything!”.
ESOL tutor Julia (shown above) also runs International Bible Study, a weekly look at the Bible for people from all nations, (including British people). This is a popular and growing group with many coming to know Jesus for the first time.
Darren (pictured here) is our new Volunteer Co-ordinator. Having previously been homeless himself he is now supporting our volunteers to bring about change in the lives of others. You can read his story, “Expert by Experience”. He has his work cut out as we have around 70 volunteers with a constant flow of new people to interview and induct as others move on to jobs and elsewhere.
We value our volunteers so much. We wouldn’t be able to run anything without them. Darren will be organising various events and outings in 2019 to celebrate and appreciate them.
There are many ways to support the work of Coventry Jesus Centre:
Pray for Us: At the Jesus Centre we rely on God’s provision of volunteers, funding, inspiration and grace as we seek to carry out His will. The prayers of Christians around the City make a huge difference to us.
Jesus Centre Sponsorships: Become an ongoing supporter with a regular monthly donation. As a sponsor you will receive regular updates on how your investment is being used as well as invitations to special events.
A significant portion of our income is from members of the public and other churches in the Coventry and we are always grateful for such gifts.
Volunteer: There are currently openings to volunteer in the kitchen and Bridge Drop-in, leading small ESOL groups, cleaning and maintenance. Fill in our online application form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to our Events: In 2019 we are hoping to have a Barn Dance and other fund raising activities. Look out for more information on Facebook or the website.