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BV Compassion

Whether you’re looking for help, offering it, or you’re just interested in finding out more, you are very welcome here.

 

The good news of Jesus is for everyone. We know from the Bible that God’s heart is especially turned towards those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. As His followers we are keen to show His love in practical, down to earth ways.

 It is our belief that the church should be at the forefront of tackling the poverty that exists on our doorstep. That is why so much of the social justice work done in this country emanates from local churches. In all of our ‘Compassion’ projects, our aim is not to ‘get people to come along to church’ and neither is it to ‘make people into Christians’. Our aim is simply to love and support people at their point of need.

 

Our Projects

Balham Job Club

Our Job Club is a friendly place where individuals get practical help whilst seeking employment. We offer group and 1-2-1 coaching sessions and computer skills to help support, guide and encourage people towards getting a job. Open on Mondays between 1-3pm (school term only). FREE lunch and refreshments provided.

ReStore Base

Our ReStore Base is just a few minutes walk from Balham Train Station and is a creative space serving our community. We run courses and groups there, collect essential items for Refugees and it is our base for all our community projects, including #lovebalham and our Bike Hub project.

Bags of Blessings

This simple project gives practical items to homeless people, rough sleepers or vulnerable people in our community. This is not about one person trying to do a lot, but many of us each doing a little to make a big difference for our city. Bags are available after every Sunday. Bring an item to church, take a bag to give away.

CAP Money Course

Is a free course that teaches budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks, participants will get to grips with their finances, to help with budgeting, saving and preventing debt. These FREE courses are run throughout the year.

#LoveBalham

This is our regular time of acts of kindness and generosity in our community. Love looks like something!!   We’re encouraging everyone at Balham Vineyard, everyday to demonstrate love and compassion wherever they are, whether at work, rest or play.  For example, #40acts over Lent.

Bike HUB

Our newest project in 2017. It’s simple and wheely good! We take second-hand bikes, store them so they can be repaired and fixed up. These are then donated to refugees and asylum seekers in London to help lower their transport costs. This is a partnership scheme with The Bike Project.

 

 

Refugees 

 

 

 

 

Jesus himself experienced first-hand what it is like to be a refugee. Homeless, hungry & helpless, refugees have left all their possessions, their home and culture behind them. Very often they find themselves unable to put down roots, unable to build a future for themselves or their family, and imprisoned by their situation. The Bible shows us again and again that God calls His people to feed the hungry, help the homeless, stand up for those who are vulnerable, and to love refugees.

There are more refugees today than after the Second World War. We are delighted to be partnering with Samara’s Aid Appeal and local residents to provide and send clothing, medical supplies and emergency items direct to refugees and in Calais, Syria and the Middle East.

 

 

Healing 

 

Would you or someone you know like to receive prayer for healing? You are most welcome to Healing on the Streets! We are out every other Saturday at the Bedford Hill Place (opposite Starbucks).

At Healing on the Streets, we believe God loves you and can heal you. We are aware that prayer and medical advice are complementary, not mutually exclusive. We encourage everyone to seek essential treatment for conditions which medical advice should be sought. If you are on any medication stay on it. Under no circumstances should you stop doing anything a medical professional or counsellor has advised.

How can we help?