to people with life-disrupting problems
Crisis Centre Ministries, or 'CCM', is a Christian charity that helps the homeless and people affected by drug-addiction in Bristol, England. We do this by running four main projects:
The Wild Goose is a drop in centre that serves hot free meals six days a week, staff help people into emergency and supported accomodation as well as providing other practical support.
The LITE Course (Life-Skills and Initial Training for Employment) aims to build confidence and develop the potential of people who have been in addiction, or who suffer with mental health problems, and who have been long term under-employed.
East Bristol Foodbank is a project that provides food parcels to people who have been referred by front-line care professionals such as doctors, social workers or through job centres.
Spring Of Hope Ladies' Night Shelter provides up to twelve emergency self-referral beds in a safe place for women who may otherwise have nowhere to go.
If you would like to donate to CCM, please click on the 'Donate' button. Thank you to all our donors and volunteers for their continued support.
I have great pleasure in informing you that Jonathan Lee has been appointed as the new CEO of Crisis Centre Ministries. Many of you will know Jonathan already, but just in case you don't we asked him to say a few things about who is and where he's come from:
Jonathan's life story so far . . . "Having left school to pursue a career in 'making things', I gained an engineering degree from Loughborough University and came to Bristol to join Airbus. Following ten years in management, having transitioned into leading procurement teams, and a journey with God through which 'work' became ministry and mission, I had a slight career change. With my wife, Helen, and two children, I moved to Cairo, Egypt where I took up the position of Director of an asylum seeker and refugee ministry. It was a privilege to serve the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual needs of thousands of people from a range of cultural and faith backgrounds and to feel the pain of their circumstances. We returned to the UK nearly four years later not really sure of what was going to be next. Helen's command of Arabic opened doors into the migrant community in Easton and we recognised other opportunities to join with like-minded people in being salt and light in this diverse part of the city. I joined the George Muller Charitable Trust in a role that networked me with a range of churches across the city as they explored greater engagement with their local schools and partnership in the Gospel through orphan care. I am an Elder, with Helen, at Hope Community Church, Hotwells, and have a passion to help everyone see who the Lord has created them to be and to walk fully in that. Our son is now at university and our daughter at college. We enjoy watching movies together, camping and getting out for walks on sunnier days, and hanging out with friends and family.
Jonathan will join us in early January so do be praying for him, Helen and their family as they make the transition.
In response to the appointment, Jonathan says - "It is a privilege and an exciting prospect to be joining CCM at this time. I just wonder what the Lord has in store for the ministry as we look forward together! I'm particularly looking forward to getting to know the trustees, staff team and volunteers (appreciating that the latter could take me a while due to the amazing number of you!), as well as building upon my connections across local churches as we participate together in God's mission to the vulnerable in this city."
Thank you so much for your continued support and your prayers during this process.
With Blessings, Graham Donald (Chair of the CCM Board)
We are inviting you to join us in a practical and interactive training seminar aimed at helping you share your faith in a clear, simple and attractive way that is natural and comfortable for you and enjoyable for the people you are talking with.
The seminar will run twice, so you can attend either one:
The cost (if you do not volunteer with us) is £6 in advance or £7 on the door. This covers refreshments and a full set of notes.
There is more information and a booking form on the Share Your Faith page of the BCAN web site.
To book, please contact the CCM office or fill in and return the booking form.
We were planning to start sending out the May edition of StreetWise in the next few days, but our normal plans are on hold for a while while we deal with the consequences of the break-in
We will start sending out StreetWise as quickly as we can, but in the meantime you can read or download the May 2014 StreetWise to catch up with the other things which have been happening.