Love Bangor, Bangor Elims Social Action Ministry was born out of the Full House vision for the church. A vision not just about filling a building with people, but filling a people with God; a vision about seeing every seat filled, not with a house full of spectators but with followers of Jesus. Love Bangor aims to connect with people and take time to show love, compassion and understanding in many practical ways.
Love Bangor encompasses a number of different ministries and outreaches. These ministries want to show God’s love in both practical and very meaningful ways, drawing alongside people through some of life’s most difficult circumstances. As a church we want to reach into our local community, helping and supporting people through seemingly hopeless situations, that through this they would get a glimpse of God’s amazing and unending love, grace and mercy.
Griefshare is a grief recovery support group designed to help people after losing someone they loved. Each session shows a DVD featuring personal stories of people who are grieving the death of a loved one, and expert insights on topics…
Freezer Friendship provides meals for a period of time to support people and their families through bereavement, illness, birth of a new baby and other difficult times.
Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre in Bangor is the only custodial facility for children in Northern Ireland. It moved into a new purpose built accommodation in Bangor in January 2007.
Our aim and vision for this ministry is be involved with the young people. We feel that many of them are victims of circumstance and are extremely misunderstood; many of these young people have not experienced the love and support of a family or had a stable family home.
We also have a weekly outreach into the local prisons using art, friendship and biscuits to show the love of Jesus.
The Bangor Food bank is part of the award-wining charity, the Trussell Trust and works in partnership with other local churches. Bangor NI food bank helps individuals and families in crisis, though the provision of emergency food supplies. A network of distributors consisting of health visitors, social workers and other community-based support workers, refer people using a food voucher to the food bank centre where people receive food. Other services are available to help them out in a crisis.