The Night Shelter first took place for us, at Chalkwell Park. We were glad to be a part of the team of 7 churches who opened their doors one night a week to the homeless people of Southend. A warm welcome and meal greeted them at Chalkwell, along with a safe and warm place to stay the night. Teams from around the circuit helped in a variety of ways in ensuring that the Night Shelter achieved what it was there for. The Night Shelter has continued within our Circuit, however it has moved to United Methodist Church, Whittingham Avenue site.
Town Centre Minister - Rev Hannah Bucke has been busy building links throughout the Southend Town Centre. Many new initatives have been held within the town centre from Easter Icons to a fantastic Christmas Flash mob sing. Rev Hannah is also a key member down at Adventure Island, providing a Chaplaincy for staff and visitors.
Across the Circuit there are various Fresh Expressions:
New Horizons has been running at Whittingham Avenue. This is a different way of being Church and involves once a month a cafe style church, also a weekly family brunch club along with various home groups. They all have an emphasis on building a community with Jesus at the centre.
Thirsty For ?? at Belfairs is a cafe style worship meeting that is open to everyone and is held on the second Thursday of each month at 7p.m.in the Fellowship hall. Why not come along and join and share with us over a cup of tea or coffee and some homemade cakes. The worship format includes various things including songs, reflection, prayer, quizzes and readings.
Creative Worship at Wesley is often a more reflective service, though in the spirit of being creative, anything can happen.
Cafe Style Worship - These services will be informal in format, as everyone sits around tables, and eat and drink tea or coffee. Sitting at table together we can discuss a topic of importance. There will also be informal music. Cakes or something savoury are usually shared amongst everyone.
Messy Church - This is an activity based church with food and a very short act of worship.
Southend Street Pastors - We have some members who are involved with this project. The circuit helps and supports the team of Southend Street Pastors in a variety of ways. They cover Southend's high street every friday and saturday nights. Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and diaglogue.
Bar 'n' Bus - The Rayleigh team meet at the car park in Websters Way, Rayleigh on a Thursday night. This is currently the longest serving bus team having been present within Rayleigh for over 12 years. They meet at 7.30pm for a prayer and briefing and then are active between 8pm and 10pm. Bar 'n' Bus aims to share Christian views and life values with the young people on the streets. Provide a strong link between local church groups and the young people in the community. To provide a safe environment for young people to gather and meet their friends. And to help those young people who face difficult and challenging issues in their lives.