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Outreach

Christians should not only meet to worship God together, they should also be making a positive difference to those outside the church walls. The following are just a few of the ways Emmanuel Church members show God's love to those around them (Contact the church office for further more details):

Churches in Bicester

‘Churches in Bicester’ is a very strong organisation which is supported by ministers and church members. The ministers of the major denominations enjoy a warm relationship and hold weekly meetings for breakfast and prayer, hosted at ministers’ homes in turn. This provides mutual help and support, and furthers the ecumenical work in the town. The churches have a good working relationship, and currently work together on the following initiatives. You can find out more about Churches in Bicester at www.lovebicester.com

Refugee Support Group

The aim of CiBRS is to show the love of God to those displaced from their homeland through conflict by

  • Raising awareness through our networks within the churches, local authorities and local community
  • Assisting with accommodation needs
  • Supporting locally placed refugees through befriending, practical help, advice and signposting

Christians Against Poverty

A team of people from various churches have been trained as CAP money coaches to deliver the CAP Money Course around Bicester. This is done in 2 ways: group courses over 3 weeks, or in people’s homes/coffee shops on a one-to-one basis (this is always with people known to the coaches). The aim is to help those who are struggling financially to gain control of their money and free them from the burden of debt.

Bicester Food Bank

The Food Bank gives boxes of nutritionally balanced food and support to people experiencing emotional or financial crisis. The Bicester Food Bank has been running for over 5 years and has helped hundreds of families.
 
Along with the food parcels, they get a cup of tea and a chat with volunteers. If required, they can also get more information about any appropriate agencies that can help them get out of their difficulties. For more information visit the Bicester Foodbank Website.

Street Pastors

Street Pastors are non-judgemental and non-discriminatory in their approach and will give time and unconditional love to anyone and everyone by way of caring, listening, and helping;
Street Pastors are motivated by the Gospel;
Street Pastors are about helping people to improve their lives;
Street Pastors work in a partnership of participating local churches who are willing to work alongside the police and local authorities within the defined terms of an "Urban Trinity" model, by engaging local voluntary and statutory organisations, in order to reach and help those in need.

Children’s Holiday Club

There are four holiday clubs which run for 4-5 days during the summer school holidays. The clubs provide teaching and activities on a Christian based theme. Two of the clubs are children only and cater for primary school aged children. The other two clubs are family based. Towards 200 attended the clubs last year across the four venues. There was further engagement with the children and families at a joint Family Fun Evening.

Seniors Outreach

To provide care, entertainment and community among older people in Bicester and to bring the Spirit of Jesus Christ into the lives of people through relationships. We have a special emphasis to reach those who live alone.

Initiating Enjoyable activity venues (Tea Dances, Holiday at Home, Rock of Ages Café, Outreach to The “Forget Me Not” Day Centre). Providing Chapel Type meetings in Residential care homes (Langford View, Cherwood and others). Being an additional presence in Care Homes for their activities.