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Community
 

We believe it is essential for the church to be actively involved in supporting the practical, spiritual and emotional needs of the community. From Christmas hampers, to Easter outdoor services, we use the seasons to bless the community as much as we can. 

A handful of the regular activities that we offer are noted below.

Place of Welcome
Every two weeks, we run a free, drop-in cafe for anyone who wants to join us. This is open to anyone at all, and we provide free lunchtime meals, along with a listening ear. Practical support is available if needed for a whole range of services, too. 

Toddlers
Our parent and toddler groups aim to provide a safe environment for children to play and for the parents/carers to meet other parents/carers too. Groups run twice a week on a Monday and Tuesday from 9.30 to 11.30 and taster visits can be arranged. 
If you would like to volunteer to help out at Toddlers we are happy to consider applications. 

Meeting Point
On the second Thursday of each month we host a lunch-time meeting open to all Church members, attendees, and members of the local community. Each meeting is preceded by an opportunity to join in a short Communion service. The meeting starts with a finger buffet, followed by a guest speaker sharing on anything from art and history to science and niche interests!
Arrive at 12.30 for communion and 1pm for the food!

Heaton Festival
For the last 8 years we have supported a cross-church festival for the community. The bi-ennial heaton Festival has attracted upwards of 30000 people over the last 4 events and is a great opportunity for the churches to bless the local area. Check out www.heatonfestival.com/ to find out about the next Heaton Festival! 

English Classes
Our aim is to help people whose second language is English, to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  We have a number of 10 week courses a year, meeting each Thursday from 4.30 to 6.30 pm in the Life Centre. The classes are completely free but do get in touch beforehand so that we can know who is coming! For more information contact the church office.

Foodbank
We also act as a Foodbank collection point in partnership with the EastEnd Foodbank hosted at Elim Church. 

Heaton Community Network
Dave is currently Chair of the newly-formed Heaton Community Network, a group of local organisations and community leaders committed to serving Heaton and the East of Newcastle well.