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Being Good News

At Home…

Street pastors

In conjunction with a number of other churches, Community Church has been involved in setting up Street Pastors in Edinburgh, with Colin Symes as chairperson. Street Pastors receive training to equip them to go out to the streets of Edinburgh, usually once a month and at the weekend, to help people when the clubs close – as they are finishing their night on the town. In their distinctive jackets and caps, they come alongside people who find themselves in any kind of difficulty and also help make the streets safer, working in conjunction with the local police. Street Pastors is a national initiative operating in many of the towns and cities around the UK. More information can be found on the Street Pastors Website.

Newington Basics Bank

People of any age can find themselves caught in a downward spiral of helplessness and powerlessness as a result of becoming homeless, escaping from domestic or other kinds of violence, or through unemployment or debt problems. Basics Bank is a project of Edinburgh City Mission which seeks to address some of these issues and bring practical relief. It provides a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere where individuals, parents and children can find the kind of help they need, whether that be a listening ear or a couple of bags of food and hygiene items. For more information / to volunteer / to have clients referred please contact: stevewright@ecm.org.uk

Toy Library

Newington Community Toy Library and Play Session is for parents and carers with children aged 0-5.  It is run by volunteers from Community Church and takes place in the King’s Hall on Wednesdays during term times (9:30 – 11:30).

Hope Counselling

Hope Counselling Service was started in CCE in 2007 to offer counselling to people who find themselves, for whatever reason, living with little hope. Our inspiration is Jesus, who loved bringing healing to people regardless of their faith or subsequent response to him. We love helping people find emotional healing and regain glimmers of hope in their lives, regardless of their beliefs.

Chinese Family Time

In the autumn of 2011 a couple of young Chinese students came to visit us one Sunday morning ‘to learn more about Scottish culture’. They invited many of their course-mates to come and see, and soon we began to meet regularly for ‘Chinese Family Time’, growing together in friendship and faith around ever-delicious shared meals. In the summer of 2012 we said goodbye to one ‘family’ and hello to another as one of the newly-arrived young Chinese students invited many of his course-colleagues to come and join us for Chinese Alpha. We continue to meet together and this summer will be sending out one of our own young missionaries to visit some of those who have returned home and are now spread across much of eastern China. It has been a thrilling and fulfilling learning experience as we see God’s providence at work, and we thank God for our new-found family.

Overseas…

The Africa Fund

The Africa Fund is a non profit organisation providing finance and expertise to sustainable development projects in East Africa –  in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A few of our projects are –

Goats and development in Soroti, Uganda
Bee Hives and bicycles in Congo
Revolving Funds in Kenya and Tanzania

Give Online – yes, it’s now possible to give a goat, or a hive to someone in need in Uganda or Congo. You can also contribute towards a revolving fund.

Also visit http://www.theafricafund.net/