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
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 drop in centre
• The LITE Course (Life-Skills and Initial Training for Employment)
• East Bristol Foodbank
• Spring Of Hope Women's Night Shelter
Sixty-One is the founder of a Bristol city-wide partnership that supports prisoners before and after release. They enable individuals, churches, charities and businesses to provide the relational and community based support offenders need to live free from crime.
MentorMe enables church members and churches to mentor people with criminal convictions, helping them to achieve their goals by providing personal support, friendship and guidance.
NORTH BRISTOL FOODBANK
The local foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. The foodbank office is based at our church building and we host one of the weekly outlets.