Social Action at EBC
Social Action at EBC happens in many different ways. Our two main projects are Storehouse and supporting the work of Pilgrim Hearts by hosting the Night Shelter and supporting the Drop In. Details of this work can be seen by clicking on the appropriate tab.
In addition to this we are able to support people in many different ways. Sometimes a bunch of flowers or a card is needed to remind people we care about them. This can be to help celebrate good news or to send our love when news might not be so good. We also keep a stock of frozen 'Marthas Meals' which can be helpful if someone is going through a difficult time.
At Christmas the congregation are always very generous with donations of Christmas treats. This can be chocolate, Christmas biscuits, Christmas pudding etc. or a financial donation which we use to buy goods like these. A team then make up Christmas boxes which we deliver to those who would benefit most from one. In the past we have hosted Christmas lunch at EBC for those who would otherwise be on their own. This is always fun with wonderful food and games. Coronavirus restrictions have prevented this happening for the last two years, so we have made up Christmas dinners which we froze and then delivered to those who would normally come to EBC. A Christmas cracker and small gift were also included which enabled us to deliver a complete Christmas package.
Social Action also takes place outside the church building and each year a Sunday is set aside to work in the local community. This consists of litter picking, prayer walks, making up bags of items to be sent overseas and work in our local schools and housing schemes. In addition to this we have a Sunday which is used to make up shoeboxes which are then collected and distributed around the world, giving children in those countries a Christmas gift.
From time to time unexpected things happen and we react to them. An example in 2022 is the Ukraine refugee crisis. In addition to working with Bracknell Forest Council to see how best we can help, people at EBC donated just under £4000 which we sent through DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee).
None of this could happen without the continued generosity and support of those who are part of EBC and we are always grateful for that support.