Ministries in Basingstoke
Encouraged by our local MP and various organisations, the vision of a Foodbank was born and opened its doors for the first time in October 2012. Part of a national network called the Trussell Trust, the Foodbank provides food packs to those who find themselves in a situation of crisis need.
Life and work can be stressful and it can sometimes be helpful to talk to somebody else about what's on your mind. Basingstoke Town Chaplaincy has a team of trained chaplains to provide support to people in the workplace. They are not paid by the employer and anything discussed will remain confidential. While all the chaplains are all committed Christians, they are there to support everyone, whether Christian, of another faith, or no religion.
They are part of a national team first pioneered in 2003, and Street Pastors continues to grow throughout the UK and across the world.
Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community.
Basingstoke Street Pastors are usually on patrol from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on a Friday or Saturday night to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.
They are led by their local coordinator and they also have support from local churches and community groups in partnership with the police, local council and other statutory agencies.
The Starfish Enterprise is an arm of OneChurch Basingstoke and is a charity set up to assist members of churches in the Basingstoke area to develop appropriate projects to demonstrate the love of Jesus through service to the local community. All those involved with Starfish and its projects expect to work together in a way characterised by mutual love, honour and respect. We value people above projects and programmes and we do all we can to engender respect and to work with love as a high value - effectively putting others' interests above our own.
The Safe offer a service for anyone in Basingstoke and surrounding area, who is facing unintended pregnancy, thinking about abortion or experiencing difficulties following an abortion, and other pregnancy loss or baby loss.
Their trained advisors are able to provide a listening ear, unbiased information, counselling and on-going support,enabling clients to work out their own pregnancy choices, or receive help following pregnancy loss including abortion. Our services are completely confidential, supportive and free-of-cost.
Part of a national network, participants go on to the streets of Basingstoke one Saturday afternoon a month, where they set up some chairs and a banner and play light music. Passers-by are invited to receive prayer for healing of for anything else. Some remarkable stories have come out of these prayer times
The Youth Cafe is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week during term time between 3 and 6pm.
There is an exciting menu and pupils and students from secondary schools and colleges in the area are welcomed to a place especially for them. The aim is to provide a safe environment in which the needs of the young people can be met.
The Youth Cafe is staffed by an enthusiastic team of volunteers from churches of several denominations in and around Basingstoke under the guidance of a paid manager.
Oasis is a community cafe open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. It offers a friendly, quiet place for a morning coffee or a light lunch with friends, family or business collegues . We also have a card and Christian book stall open during Oasis opening hours which gets restocked regularly.