We've partnered with five other churches to help people in our city out of debt
Many people struggle under the weight of debt, affecting their work, their relationships and their wellbeing. It can often seem likely a hopeless situation, with no way out in sight.
To play our part in helping these people we partnered with five other churches in Oxford (St Matthews, St Clement’s, Headington Baptist, Magdalen Road and Cornerstone) and Christians Against Poverty to form the Oxford Churches Debt Centre.
Staff from the centre and volunteers from our churches visit people who are struggling with debt to offer practical support, aiming to pay down their debt and improve their quality of life.
For more information on the Oxford Churches Debt Centre visit the website.
If you'd like to get involved please get in touch.
We contribute to the Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank
Despite the welfare system in our nation, huge numbers of people are forced to go without food for any number of reasons – whether it’s debt, sickness, unemployment, addiction, relationship breakdown, or delays in receiving benefit payments.
We are one of the partner churches for the Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank. Donations are collected and then parcelled up ready for people to take home, with people in need being referred through health visitors, GPs, church workers and community workers.
We hold a collection for the foodbank once a term on a Sunday morning. To find out when the next collection is check our events page, or for more information on CEF Oxford visit their website.
Our project to help people into work
Most people who are unemployed or underemployed are desperate to be in work, but cannot access the training they need to help them get the right job.
The Barton Job Club is aimed at anyone seeking employment, training or further education, or who might be looking for a change of career. It’s relaxed, friendly and informal, beginning with a drop-in session and a chance for people to talk.
Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings, and are focussed around practical skills such as help with your CV, interview preparation and career planning. We also provide Internet access and help with computers for those who need it.
Parents and Toddlers
Jellytots - Thursdays during term time, St James' Church Centre, Cowley, OX4 3LF
We want to serve people across our city, and our parent and toddler group is one of the ways we do that.
Jellytots takes place every Thursday at 10.15-11.45am during term time at St James’ Church Centre in Cowley. With toys for the kids and refreshments for the adults, it’s a great chance to get to know other parents in East Oxford. To help cover the costs, we suggest a donation of £1 per family per session.
Please email email@example.com to find out more about helping out at the sessions.
We partner with Refugee Resource to run weekly football sessions for asylum seekers
Oxford has a substantial refugee population; those who have fled from some of the most impoverished and war-torn parts of our world. Many refugees feel isolated when they arrive here, unsure of how to make friends or get the help they need.
There are many excellent organisations in Oxford serving refugees, and we partner with one of them, - Refugee Resource - to run weekly football sessions each Thursday. These are designed to build friendships between those who have only recently arrived in Oxford and those of us who’ve been here a little while longer.
To find out more about getting involved with Refugee Football, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or for more information about Refugee Resource visit their website.