Open Heaven is involved in a number of community projects or initiatives that you can be part of:
The St Peter’s Cafe is our café downstairs at the St Peter’s Centre – a partnership project between Open Heaven and Elim. The café provides a variety of quality breakfasts and lunches, as well as a Cookery café for the elderly on Mondays and Fridays. The cafe has an enclosed mezzanine with high chairs, cushions and toys making it a very welcoming baby and toddler friendly space. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
Safehaven Café is a well-being café which provides a safe place for parents/carers of pre-school aged children who may be struggling with their Mental Health or general well-being. We aim to provide a free, healthy lunch for families via the St Peter’s Café and put on practical workshops on topics that may specifically help parents/carers in their day to day lives.
Home for Good is a UK initiative supporting the local Church and its families to consider adopting and fostering. A number of families in Open Heaven have adopted children and others are considering how adopting or fostering could be part of their lives. We have made a commitment as a local Church to be the most welcoming and supportive community we can be to those adopting and fostering.
Welcome Boxes is an excellent way for churches to get involved with refugees and asylum seekers in their local community and offer real, practical support to those in need. Trained volunteers deliver a Welcome Box, filled with small gifts, to the homes of people who have recently arrived in the area. A Welcome Box may seem small but it means so much more than the gifts inside. It helps newly arrived families and individuals feel valued and accepted and extends a hand of welcome and friendship in the neighbourhood.
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational network operating across the towns and cities of the UK and worldwide. Individuals from across the Church of Loughborough get trained up to become street pastors. They then form a team who voluntarily patrol the streets of Loughborough at night, helping and caring for people in practical ways. They work very closely with the Police and have seen a significant reduction in alcohol related crime.