We love Nottingham; we think it’s a brilliant city full of life and diversity, but we know that there are many people here who struggle financially or simply need some support to face the challenges of life. We believe the church is called to bring hope and to be good news to those in need. Below you can find out about the wide range of things we’re involved in to help people in our city.
Social Hub & Food Bank
We aim to support people practically in a number of ways. We host the Social Hub every Monday and Thursday. This is where we run our Food Bank, which provides emergency food parcels for 3 days to people in crisis, and also give out Baby Basics parcels for parents or carers that struggle to afford baby supplies for children aged 0-2. This all happens alongside our drop-in cafe. Opening hours are Monday 2-4pm and Thursday 10.30am-12pm.
We run a midweek church service for those who we meet through our Food Bank and Social Hub. This service has become a thriving community with people from all walks of life. It includes a free lunch, a time of worship and a short talk from the bible. There's also a chance to receive prayer and chat. This happens at 12pm every Wednesday.
In 2017 we set up Grace Enterprises, an initiative that aspires to be a network of socially responsible businesses that bless our city. Watch this short video to find out how they’re doing it.
As Matt explained in the video, our goal is to reduce long-term unemployment and poverty in Nottingham by providing employment opportunities to those that would ordinarily struggle to get work. Grace Enterprises is already doing incredible work in Nottingham, which has helped many people find work for the first time in their lives and take the next step in life. For more information about Grace Enterprises and the work they’re doing to transform Nottingham click here.
The first company set up as part of this initiative is Radiant Cleaners, an award-winning Social Enterprise. You can find more about their services here.
Courses & Ministries
We run a number of courses and ministries to help people find community and support. We have teams that visit local prisons to lead bible studies, services and offer prayer support to inmates. We run a free parent and toddler group called Stay & Play every Tuesday from 10-11.30am, which is open to anyone with children under 5 years old. Finally, we host a mental health support group to help those that struggle with mental health find friendship and support from those who have been through similar situations.
We also recognise that we’re not in this alone. That’s why we love to partner with external organisations around Nottingham such as Jericho Road, Nottingham Citizens, Faith Action Network and more.
By sharing the love that God has already shown to us and working with others, we want to see broken lives rebuilt and our city transformed one person at a time. We call this ‘Social Justice’, righting the wrongs that we see in society so that everyone can find freedom in their lives.