Running the QEP Centre is an essential part of our local mission to Stoughton and Bellfields. It is also the hub from which the church community can demonstrate a welcoming community that is inclusive and caring, especially towards the vulnerable and those in need. We desire to promote a healthy life style because we believe our gifts from God. Our world is God's world and he wants us to care for it and so we seek to promote sustainability and care for our environment.
We managed to purchase the whole building with the view to complimenting what we have already established on the upper floors. We hope to fit coffee shop facility where we can further serve the community through activities such as a youth club and a lunch club.
Kate runs lunch time 'JAM' clubs at Northmead Junior on Wednesdays, and Stoughton Infants on Fridays. These include a short Bible story followed by a related craft activity.
Each year we present Christmas Unwrapped and Easter Cracked to local year six children. These explain the meaning of Christmas and Easter in a fun and inactive way whilst connecting with requirements of the school curriculum.
The church also endorses the work of The Matrix Trust. This local Christian Charity exists to resource innovative mission projects which build bridges and breakdown barriers to the gospel. For more information visit www.matrixtrust.com
Many of our Church members have been involved for many years in the annual "Ready For Action" project which is facilitated by Matrix Trust. The Trust draws teams of young people and Church groups together to serve local residents in a host of practical ways. Under the guidance and supervision of youth workers and skilled trades; people we have been involved in home and garden makeovers, litter picking and cleaning up many communal lands in run down areas.
Below are some of the comments from participants and local residents:
"It is wonderful to realise there are so many good people around" local Resident
"appreciation for all that you accomplished... it has been a source of conversation and an opportunity to see the love of God in action" local Vicar
"We are overwhelmed by the love and kindness shown to our community" local Resident
"I have been so challenged... tears rolling down my cheeks this weekend" Participant
"I am struggling at work because I keep thinking of the people I met − I miss my paintbrush and the joy and laughter" participant
Friends International provides a welcome and friendship for international students studying at the University of Surrey and other local colleges and, in so doing, seeks to share with them the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a Christian group supported by several churches in the Guildford area including New Life. As a church we host several event each year for the families of international students − see our past events page. We also support other events hosted by the Friends International Team.
To find out more about the work of Friends International or receive a bulletin visit Friends International
The Besom helps people make a difference. It provides a bridge between those who want to give time, money, things or skills and those who are in need. It ensures what is given is used effectively. The service it provides is free.
The aim behind The Besom is that everyone − whether you are three years old or over 80, whether working full−time or part−time, a student, a mum with toddlers, in between jobs or retired − everyone can get involved. By giving away time, money, things or skills you can help those who are in real need and make a long term positive difference to their lives. Find out more at http://www.besom.com/