Birchwood Community Church

 Where church encounters community

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What is the Encounter Centre?

The Encounter Centre is a vibrant, friendly place which serves the community of Birchwood and beyond! The vision for the Encounter Centre is that it will act as a bridge between church and community. Our aim, our prayer, is that people will come here and encounter the love of Jesus!

It is managed and run by people from the church, who see the centre as an extension of church and an expression of our faith, enabling people of all ages and from all backgrounds to gather together…

to chat, to be quiet; to help, to be helped; to eat, to drink (the kettle is always on!); to share, to listen; to laugh, to cry; to pray, to be prayed with; to teach, to be taught; to do, or simply to be.


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What happens at the Encounter Centre?

The centre is generally open to the public from 9am – 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Regular weekly activities – all free of charge - currently include:

  • MONDAYS, 10am-12pm: “Young at Heart” coffee mornings. Over 50s tea, coffee, chat.

  • TUESDAYS, 10am – 2pm: “HeArt” - community art and chat. Be creative and chat over a cuppa. Optional Breakfast & Bible discussion from 9am.

  • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm -9pm: “Encounter God” sessions. Learn how to listen to God through the bible.

  • THURSDAYS, 10:30-11:30am: Free Legal Advice (Fiona Bruce & Co) and PCSO surgery.

  • THURSDAYS, 1:30-3:30pm: Foodbank. We provide emergency food parcels for local people in crisis (referral only). We also use this time to support refugees, eg by knitting blankets.

  • FRIDAYS, 10am-12pm: “Take a Break”. Enjoy a cuppa and a chat.


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