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3:30pm - 4:45pm Worship Service
We really enjoy meeting together on a Sunday. We discuss what the bible says about a particular topic or story. We encourage discussion, because we believe that everyone can have an opinion about God and life. We are a mixed group of people and we welcome anyone and everyone without exception.
As well as discussing parts of the Bible, we usually sing a few songs together, led by our brilliant worship team and we always include activities for children.
We always make time for a cup of tea – usually during the service! – Sometimes we do bacon sandwiches too!
Quote from Jon Bishton, corps officer: “I love the relaxed atmosphere we have at The Salvation Army on a Sunday afternoon. There’s always space for a cup of tea, a catch up and a conversation. We really enjoy discussing stuff about God, celebrating God’s love and how he works in the world. We try and keep it real and we’re open to challenge and discussion. Because it’s not a really big place, it’s easy to discuss what we believe.”
Christian faith during the week, when our doors are open to offer prgrammes and activities for the whole community.
6:30pm - 7:30pm Girls Get Fit
3:30pm - 5pm Kids Club
3:30pm - 5pm Chai Youth Cafe
- for ages 13-18
8pm - 10pm Football
- Wright Robinson College
10am - 12pm Open Door
- free refreshments
7pm - 8:30pm Youth Club
Girls Get Fit
GirlsGetFit started in about 2007 as founder Jess Cook could no longer afford to attend her local gym. Years on and GGF is still going strong, meeting every Monday night at 6.30-7.30pm in Openshaw Community church with anything up to 15 other ladies. It is for any female aged 18yrs+ of any physical capability and any shape.
Quote from Jess Cook, volunteer leader: ‘GirlsGetFit is for any female aged 18yrs+ of any physical capability and any shape. Saying that, it is no walk in the park, if you come…be ready to sweat and make sure you’re wearing the correct attire and footwear.’
Tuesday Community Groups
We regularly meet together in someone’s house to talk about life and God and to pray together. This is a great way to make deeper friendships and to be honest about life with God.
Quote from Graham Boxall, church member: “This is a great way to make deeper friendships and to be honest about life with God.”
Junior Football Training
Junior Football Training creates an environment for young people aged 13-16 years to improve their football skills doing drills and games. It offers a healthy use of their time and seeks to instil in the young people respect for others both people and property. We seek to develop their fitness and individual skills as well as their ability to work as part of a team.
We are seeking to begin to arrange fixtures for the spring and summer months as we begin to develop our team.
This is a great time to engage young people in a sport environment.
Quote from young person attending: ‘At football training we play fair, we get to play with our friends, and we do good training drills. We work hard and pray before the start of each session.’
Kids club is for kids aged 4-10years of age with a variety of activities each week. We have a packed programme each week so that the kids are able to get the most out of the time. Each week we do Games, Craft, News Time (where the kids share something that they have done that week), Story Time, Quiz and Memory Verse.
We aim to make it a fun, engaging and safe environment for all involved. Each week our story time is a story from the bible which we share with the kids. It is a very welcoming environment for all the kids, seeking to help in their development.
It is good to offer this to the community and help support families in the community by having a safe place for parents to leave their kids.
Quote from Activity Leader: “Kids club is one of the best parts of my Job getting to know the kids each week and build a good relationship with both the kids and parents. It is always good to see the enjoyment the kids get out of coming to kids club. Really fun environment and great team to facilitate the fun. “
Open Door Drop-in
On Thursday morning we run a really relaxed session, where there’s free tea and coffee, toast and crumpets. It’s just a chilled, safe place for people of any age to drop by, take a break and relax. It’s changing all the time as new people come and join us and we’re always looking to make the place work for people in the local community.
Quote from Ellie Tee, Activity Leader “Open Door is what it says on the tin. It’s a space where people can just drop by, get a brew and relax away from the busyness of the street and the shops and whatever else is going on. There’s always someone to talk to if you want conversation or someone to listen to you. Otherwise it can just be a place to be quiet on your own.”
Chai Youth Cafe
Chai Youth Cafe is a space for young people to come to hang out with their peers in a relaxed setting. We have various board and card games with a pool table also. Along with these, we are here to offer study support and a space for individuals to do work if they need or want. The young people are able to get freshly made smoothies and shakes along with other drinks and snacks that we sell.
Our Youth club aims to engage young people of east Manchester in different sessions which seek to help their development. We are passionate about challenging stereotypes both of young people and among young people.
We have once a month life sessions, team challenge night, female V.I.P. We also have detached sessions where we seek to engage with young people on the streets of Openshaw and surrounding area. Our youth club aims to be a supportive and challenging environment for young people to help them grow as individuals.
A main part of this is challenging their view of life and purpose helping them to think through life issues. We also have mentoring for more one to one and small group development which is important in building healthy relationships with the young people.
Each term we plan a trip with the young people who are members of our youth group. All in all we try to have a good environment for young people and one in which they are challenged to develop in positive ways.
The youth club is for the young people to develop relationships and seek to offer encouragement and support in years that can be very challenging. We aim to make it fun also and for the young people to be able to enjoy their time at our youth club. It’s great to see young people progress and mature, making it worth all the effort. It’s also great for the community to see transformation through young people.
Quote from young person attending: ‘Youth Club is amazing! It’s free to get in, and we do end of term trips! We play table tennis, PS3 and I get to spend time with my mates.’
At various times and locations including Wright Robinson College, East Manchester Academy and St Clements Primary, led by Pete Askew, Community Projects Manager for OCC.
We deliver classroom assistance (Pete Askew) in St Clements CE Primary, Citizenship and RE lessons in local high schools and occasional assemblies.
Quote from Pete Askew, schools-work lead for OCC: “It is a privilege to play a part in the life of local schools, hearing children read and helping them with maths in St Clements as well as delivering schools lessons in local high schools. The Q&A sessions with teenagers are always a great challenge because we never know what we’re going to be asked (Heaven, the Illuminati, drugs, miracles etc). We have been able to share some of our life experiences as well as Christian perspectives on various issues, and we have developed a specialism in drugs education, creating an online follow-up resource – www.theliesandlows.com – which includes video interviews with recovering addicts who we know and which has over 4,000 hits from all over the world in less than 2 years.”
For more information, please contact Pete Askew at our office on 0161 371 5044.
- Monday - Friday 10am - 4:30pm
Stocks clothes, toys, books, bedding, electricals, bric-a-brac and welcomes donations within opening hours. All the money raised goes to support our work in East Manchester
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