Embassy bus homeless shelter

“God wants you to know that you’re valuable to Him”

In Episode 5 of the Faith in Manchester podcast we meet Sid Williams, who has moved from running the Eden bus ministry of The Message Trust to running his own homeless shelter on the Embassy bus.

The Embassy bus is a former luxury tour bus used by bands such as Snow Patrol and Coldplay, now adapted as a temporary base for homeless men in Manchester. Sid Williams says he had a clear call from God through a picture he received to serve young people and them to serve homeless people. So leaving a career in graphic design he moved to Harpurhey to work with local young people, and is now seeking to serve homeless men across Manchester.

Sid Williams of Embassy Bus

Sid Williams is full of stories of the people the bus has helped in the few months it has been operating. One is the ex-soldier with PTSD who has been helped into a home and a job. Another is the man who had lost touch with his mother after he had been in prison, but after prayer for the family his mother called him and sought a reconciliation.

Sid says it’s important the bus has comfortable features and proper heating. He says the quality of the bus speaks of the dignity that it offers homeless people. And the bus also helps volunteers grow in faith and in confidence as well as allowing people to spend time with the poor. The bus ministry is called Embassy because they are ambassadors of Christ and offer a place of safety and refuge.

The Embassy bus work is always looking for new volunteers from among the Christian community in the Manchester area. If you’d like to get involved or to find out more, go to http:/embassybus.org .

Embassy Bus

Hear more about the Embassy bus ministry in our interview with Sid Williams in the Faith in Manchester Podcast Episode 5

CRE in Manchester this week

The Christian Resources Exhibition is coming back to Manchester this week. On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March you’ll find all that every church needs at Event City, near the Trafford Centre.

CRE North in Manchester 2019 includes a sold-out exhibition floor of 150 organisations including the Compassion Experience, CRE’s first-ever Study Zone featuring eight theological colleges, Dana in concert and several up-and-coming artists; Youth and Children’s Trail; Cindy’s Sofa; Brexit: Bridging the Divide with Andy Flannagan of Christians In Politics; Walk Through the Bible: every hour on the hour, and more than 30 seminars and presentations covering everything from cyber security to safeguarding.

Event City, Manchester

Faith in Manchester was there when CRE was launched by the Bishop of Manchester. The launch was held at Spotland, the home of Rochdale Football Club.

The launch last year was opened by Bishop David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, pictured above with Stephen Goddard, the owner of Christian Resources Exhibitions, who bought the company from Bible Society when it looked like it would close. Other speakers on the day included Gospatric Hume, the founder of CRE and Chris Dunphy, the Chairman of Rochdale Football Club, a supporter and exhibitor at Christian Resources Exhibition over many years.

The Christian Resources Exhibition is the biggest show of its kind, featuring every resource that any church could need, from the roof to the hymn book, with resources for mission, music and much more. It has been called the “ideal church show”.

Faith in Manchester spoke exclusively to Stephen Goddard about bringing CRE back to Manchester for the first time since 2014 and the first time under his ownership.

Listen to the interview by pressing the play button below.