We opened our third Jesus Centre, in the West End of London, during 2008. It is based on a former convent, All Saints House in Margaret Street, near Oxford Circus. The Jesus Centre is a multi-purpose Centre providing a broad range of services to address needs of a number of different types of visitors. It offers help for the homeless and disadvantaged, training facilities, gateway referrals to other sources of help, sessions for specific groups and a community venue. There are opportunities for Christian worship and fellowship in various forms within the Centre but the availability of services will be on an equal access basis regardless of anyone's creed or other distinctive.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1091912)
The Jesus Fellowship Church in London has had considerable experience in meeting some of the needs of disadvantaged people including the homeless, prostitutes, drug users, ex-offenders, asylum seekers, the mentally ill, single parents, the unemployed. This has included liaison with other agencies, advocacy of various kinds, help with accommodation and personal one-to-one help. The London congregation is multi-cultural having members from over 30 nations represented; this provides an understanding of the needs and problems of people new to the UK and links with different ethnic groups. For the past 18 years the church has had a monthly outreach work to the homeless of central London using specially adapted double decker buses. Many of the London members are regularly involved with outreach to homeless people on a weekly basis. The Centre will give greater resources to this work. The ethos and culture is the down-to-earth non judgemental friendship that we are known for in our outreach. The proven ability to get alongside people from varied walks of life puts the Jesus Army in a good position to offer services at the Centre which attract the sorts of visitors who might otherwise slip through the social provision net as well as many others of all backgrounds. The Centre will provide services and facilities to meet spiritual, social and practical needs particularly seeking to address any gaps in existing service providers. It will build on the existing work of the Jesus Army making it more available and accessible by providing a day time service and service provision will be expanded by ongoing development and training of staff and volunteers. There is also a network of support from the wider Jesus Fellowship Church which can be brought into play for any particular need. This includes the residential, community lifestyle of some of its members (the New Creation Christian Community). The Centre will be based in a building shared with such a residential community consisting of around 30 residents (including single men and women, married couples and children) which will bring a sense of community and stability into the Centre.
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