At Central we are keen to demonstrate God’s love and concern for the world. So besides the things we all do individually, we also partner with the following organisations;
Central Baptist is friends of the Stillwaters Community. Stillwaters is a community based ministry group working alongside people on the margins of our society. There are a number of households in the city which aim to connect and build relationships with local people. These homes are open places of hospitality and friendship. The community has a shared meal on Friday nights and a community service on Sunday evenings. Each week there is an opportunity to bring gifts of non-perishable food which is used by the Stillwaters community. If you would like to make a regular contribution there is a list on the foyer notice board and you can write your name next to the item you will bring. Any donation of non-perishable food is very welcome and can be placed in one of the baskets by the auditorium doors on your way into a Sunday morning service. We also collect good, clean used clothing which is passed on to the Salvation Army. Clothing can be placed in the large wooden container in the coat cupboard (off the foyer by the Ladies’ toilet door).
Te Aro Health Centre
Central provides a venue for a community health centre in upper Willis Street. The Te Aro Health Centre offers primary health care for over 1,700 people in the inner city of Wellington. It has been operating since 1986 as a health centre for people who hold a community services card. The clinical and administration staff work with many people who have drug, alcohol and psychiatric concerns as well as a number of recent immigrants and refugees. Central had no formal connection with the Health Centre, only a desire to support this initiative to the poor on ‘our patch’. When the clinic had to move out of its rented premises and around the same time a large house in the right area came on to the market it seemed like a nudge from God. The church bought the building which has since been refurbished to meet the Health Centre’s requirements. Contact with the clinic can be made by telephone (04) 385 0255.
The Boulcott Fund was established in 1992 to distribute income generated from the church’s car park building. The policy is to devote the funds to projects concerning the mission of the church in New Zealand and overseas. If you know of an organisation or person who needs financial help you can make an application to the Boulcott Fund committee who will pass on their recommendations to a church meeting. See the Boulcott Fund website for more information.
Central partners with Carey Baptist College to provide funding for a summer placement at a Baptist Church in New Zealand for a Pastoral Leadership student in training for ministry in New Zealand. You can find out more about Carey’s pastoral leadership programme here
Central’s Candle People
Most Sundays at Central we light candles and pray for people from our community who are involved in mission initiatives around the world. Central supports people who are partners of these agencies:
The Rooftops vision is to:
– encourage Christians to engage now and take their first steps into public square discussion and debate, with the support of others
– train Christian students, graduates and others to make informed contributions to public forums
– encourage Christian young people to love other New Zealanders using words in sync with lives lived differently
Central sponsors a Rooftops Scholarship to encourage students on campus to engage with public issues from a Christian perspective.