We are very excited to announce that we are opening a new hub in Deal, Kent, in the south-east of England on Wednesday 6th June 2018. In the UK, we couldn’t really get much further from where we began in Glasgow city centre! However, this shows just how far word of our work and success has travelled. Our hub will be operated in partnership with Community Church Deal and will be led by Paul Hyslop, who is their Evangelism and Outreach Pastor, and will be Project Co-Ordinator of the SC Hub in Deal. Café Connect will be open 10am – 1pm Tuesday – Thursday each week and Open Doors on Saturdays 5pm – 7pm (summer) and 4pm – 6pm (winter). There will also be groupwork on Wednesday evenings 7.30pm – 9pm and street outreach work on the days that the café is open.
Community Church Deal (Victoria Road, Deal CT14 7BJ) is situated on the main road leading into the town of Deal. For two years the church has been running “Open Doors”, a drop in cafe on Saturday nights which is open to any members of the general public. The vast majority of those who come along on a regular basis are from the margins of society and suffer from a range of life controlling issues such as substance abuse, mental health problems, homelessness, sofa surfing or are generally excluded from normal community life. As a result of engaging with this group of people the church has seen one lady come to know the Lord and be baptised, many others now attending church activities and have been able to find accommodation for several of those with housing needs.
Community Church Deal have been feeling insufficiently resourced to be able to meet the in-depth needs of the people they are serving. They feel that there is much more that could and should be done, but not having full-time personnel and the backup of well-established processes and procedures has severely limited the impact they could be having in the community. They heard of the work of Street Connect and immediately felt a sense of unity with our team. All here at Street Connect are looking forward to this new venture and we are excited to see the work grow and even more people being reached.
If you would like to join our volunteer team we would love to hear from you, please contact us for more information: [email protected]