Mark pops in for a brew at Bethel Church(June 20, 2014)
Mark has been invited by Church Pastor Mark Bimson to visit Bethel Church on Friday 20th June 2014. The MP will be given a tour of the building and meet with members of the local community during his visit.
Founded in 1931 by Pastor James, the Bethel Church is situated in the St Matthews area of the city. It holds regular religious services on Wednesdays and Sundays as well as a Youth and Children’s Ministry for children and young people.
In addition to religious activities, the Church provides a range of services for members of the local community including a 'two-story' coffee shop, open during the week and serving free coffee to members of the community.
Other initiatives include hosting Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – a community facility which offers a debt help service as well as advice on budgeting and how to prevent debt. This service is run by Longton Community Church who also run Celebrate Recovery, a structured programme to help people recovering from issues such as drugs, drink, abuse, anger and overeating. The Church also hosts PACT (Police And Communities Together) meetings, a Neighbourhood Watch scheme as well as weekly drama workshops and drama summer school run by Meladrama.
Reverend Mark Bimson, who has been in post for a year, is assisted by wife Jacqui, who is a deacon and also provides secretarial support to the Church leadership team. Revd Bimson said: “We wanted to invite Mark our church to build some sort of relationship with people on the mountain of influence and to discuss a variety of issues and hear about some of the projects we are doing to impact our community.”
Mark said: “I am looking forward to meeting everyone at Bethel Church and to see first-hand some of the work they are doing in St Matthews. I recently visited another Church in the same area who housed a work club within their building. It is encouraging to know that Church leaders and volunteers are so dedicated to improving the lives of the people in their locality regardless of their faith or beliefs.”