As they approach their second anniversary the Coventry Jesus Centre team are experimenting with new ideas to reach more people.
Published: 24th Jan 2005
"HOW CAN we reach ordinary young people in town with something at the Jesus Centre?" That was the question. The answer was to organise 'Live at the Well', a regular Friday night live music event in the Centre's Upper Well Cafe.
"We drew on the talents in our local congregation and the wider church," explains Jesus Centre manager Piers Young. "First there was a lot to do to upgrade the cafe itself and we travelled as far as Cambridgeshire for new (second hand) tables, redecorated, hung novel instruments up, bought an ice cream freezer, moved lights etc. At the same time we worked on the menu, asking Centre visitors for their foodback (feedback) which included milk shakes and new snacks and...
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Published: 21st Jan 2005
AT OUR last Open Day we had about ten agency stands and over 70 visitors, including one vicar who brought a £177 donation from his congregation.
Among the agencies represented were Lighthouse Christian Counselling, Valley House (for victims of domestic violence) and Dental Health Services, who give us free toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Soon after, an organisation 'Volunteer in Coventry' asked if three city councillors could visit us. We agreed. Two weeks later the Coventry Evening Telegraph published an article on the Centre. Since then we have been inundated with hundreds of pounds worth of toiletries, food, blankets and clothes from the general public - interesting because we had relied on appeals to other...
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