Bless your community

In January 2017 we launched our Love Eastbourne: pay it forward project, which was about blessing our town, no strings attached. Through random acts of kindness we've heard loads of stories of people finding tokens, being blessed, and paying it forward.

Starting this September we want to be reminded once again that as Christians we are called to be a blessing to our local communities. Our project Love With Time is where we are challenging ourselves to bless Eastbourne through acts of service. Whether it's helping a neighbour, cleaning up a local park, getting involved with one-off events or volunteering in ongoing initiatives, why don't you consider how you can join us in blessing our town?

Take a look at the ideas and links below to see how you can get involved.

#1
Off your own back


Offer to cut a neighbour’s lawn


Clean up your local park


Read to kids at a local school


Take someone’s dog for a walk





#2
One-off events


Help new students move in at the university halls in Meads on Saturday 23rd September
Contact Wendy Stevens to get involved.


The Hub work day, 10am to 4pm, Saturday 30th September

We shall be gardening and planting flower beds, painting anti-climb paint on the roof. Additional ladders very welcome. Sorting and organising the building — morning only.

We would also like to build a concrete and therefore vandal proof, outdoor table tennis table and would really value the help of some handy people who can bring some tools to help construct this. We will source the shuttering material and concrete and have a cement mixer.

Contact Lorraine Taylor to get involved.





#3
On-going Initiatives


Adopt a Student
It's great when couples and families get to know and support our students through lunches, dinners and social activities. Contact Hannah Sanders for more information.


Inspire Big Mondays

Inspire is for all young people over 60. The first Monday of every month is Inspire Lunch: 12—4pm, and Sessions run on the other weeks which include craft activities, sports, health & wellbeing, games & puzzles, hobby interest groups, cookery, guest speakers, and much more.

Contact Terri Belsey for more information.


Matthew 25

Matthew 25 supports people trying to rebuild broken lives, especially those with life-threatening addiction, loneliness, bereavement, unemployment, homelessness, offending and more.

Contact Graham Horsnell or visit their website at matthew25mission.weebly.com


Focus: Babies & Toddlers

Runs Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am—12pm term time at the Kings Centre. The group serves mums, dads and grandparents, and is open to the whole community.

Contact Julie Hartingdon to get involved.


Bumps2Babies

A group for expectant mums and mums with babies up to 18 months old. Takes place at the Kings Centre, 1pm—2:30pm on Tuesdays

Contact Julie Hartingdon to get involved.


Street Pastors

Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They patrol in teams of men and women, usually from 10pm to 4am on a Friday and Saturday night.

Contact Graeme Bunn or visit www.streetpastors.org for more information.


Unit 27

Unit27 is an 11-16s nightclub held at the Kings Centre. It runs once a month and is open to the whole community. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact Adz Brennan for more information.