ROC Conversation comes to Salford

ROC Conversation Irlam Cadishead Eccles

On Monday September 30th 2019, the Christian ministry ‘Redeeming our Communities’ brings its ‘ROC Conversation’ to the AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles.

Anyone who lives or works or voluteers in Irlam, Cadishead or Eccles is invited to join a conversation, to discuss ways of working together for the good of your community. Churches and faith-based groups will join with the police, fire and ambulance services, the local council and others to seek to work together to make the local area a better place.

ROC Executive Director Debra Green says the Salford based event has already gained strong support from civic leaders including the High Sheriff and Salford Police. Local churches in the region are now encouraged to add their support to the gathering.

ROC’s vision statement is to empower ‘people of goodwill working together for safer, stronger communities’.

ROC works with public services, statutory authorities, schools, businesses, community organisations and churches – people who agree that communities are important and that we can all play our part. The common vision enables them to look beyond their differences and pool their energies and resources making local communities stronger, more cohesive and resilient. 

ROC believes that working together saves time and money and makes for more effective results. The ROC Conversation engagement events have brought people together to talk about community needs and agree what else can be achieved. After the Conversation an Action Group starts which gets new projects off the ground quickly and cost effectively.

The ROC Conversation for Irlam, Cadishead and Eccles is being held on Monday September 30th, from 7pm to 9pm at the A J Bell Stadium, Barton-upon-Irwell. To register go to www.roc.uk.com/ICE or call 0161 393 4511.

Manchester City Mission

The City Mission for Manchester based in the Windsor Christian Centre in Salford, has been a beacon of hope for the city since 1837. Its curent Director, Terry Durose heads the work in the city among homeless people and all who need to hear of the love of Jesus.

the dining area at Manchester City Mission

The three pillars of the work of Manchester City Mission are Incarnation – entering into the world of the people they are trying to reach, Compassion – responding to people’s unmet needs and Proclamation – telling the world about the unsearchable reaches of Christ. The three come together in the work of the Mission.

The home base of the Mission in Salford hosts the Narrowgate shelter, an emergency-access shelter for homeless people. It has thirty beds and is full every night, providing dormitory accommodation, showers, food and hospitality for those in need. Terry says that first thing the shelter offers people is an escape from the ‘fog’ of homelesness. By providing people the essentials of life, they can start to see beyond just surviving to a broader perspective in life.

Terry Durose

As well as its shelter Manchester City Mission works with homless people on the city streets, supports Iranian refugees, takes services in retirement homes and is involved in many primary schools in the region through its Groundbreakers project, which creates links between schools and local churches.

Manchester City Mission can be contacted through its website or by phone on 0161 736 7959. They have opportunties for volunteering, especially in their Narrowgate project.

Listen our Faith in Manchester podcast about Manchester City Mission.

Manchester Street Pastors

“Getting someone into a taxi, before they end up in an ambulance”

Manchester Street Pastors are the presence of the Christian Church in the night-time economy of Manchester, serving in multiple locations across Greater Manchester as well as the City Centre.

In their blue uniforms, Street Pastors provide practical help to support people out on the streets at night, and someone to talk to. A night’s duty many involve giving a pair of flip-flops to a woman with a broken heel, giving directions to the train station to a lost visitor, or hearing the story of a broken heart.

Paul Keeble came to Manchester from Northern Ireland in 1978, and he was involved in setting up Street Pastors in Manchester in 2004, following the lead of the first Street Pastors founded in London by Les Isaac.

Paul Keeble speaking at CRE North

Paul said that people love to see the Street Pastors on the streets. He told Faith in Manchester, “People appreciate the fact that we’re there. Every time I go out with the team somebody… will say “thank you for being here”.” Paul, a part of Brunswick Parish Church, says the Street Pastors are motivated by their love of God and wanting to share it in practical ways, and also “to try to put across an image of Christianity and of Jesus which isn’t the one people will pick up from the media”.

Paul Keeble says Street Pastors is a simple act of “being there to care” and meeting the needs of the whole person, responding to people as Jesus did.

Street Pastors is now active in Manchester City Centre, North Manchester, South Manchester, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stalybridge and Stockport, Volunteers are welcome in any of these teams or to start new teams in other areas.

Hear more about Manchester Street Pastors in our interview with Paul Keeble in the Faith in Manchester Podcast Episode 5