The starting point for getting involved with some of the charities we partner with is joining one of KXC’s hubs. Each hub has a budget to regularly find creative ways to engage with needs around them and share God’s love in practical ways. Whether it’s cooking a meal for ex-offenders at Only Connect, helping to decorate the flat of a vulnerable older person, playing a concert in a care home, giving away snacks to commuters or baking cakes for neighbours we want serving those around us to be central to what we do as a church. There are a number of charities we partner with locally.
Growing Hope King’s Cross is a charity providing free therapy for children and young people with additional needs through KXC. More Growing Hope aims to grow: Hope for children to reach their developmental potential, Hope for families to grow relationally stronger and deeper, and Hope in Jesus.
If you know anyone who would benefit from this service you can make a referral. To hear stories of Growing Hope and what is happening you can sign up here.
Pentonville Prison Visiting
In partnership with the prison chaplaincy, we are able to serve in several ways including Alpha, Sunday Services and Caring for Ex-Offenders. More For more information contact Karis Barnard: Karis.Carson@caringforexoffenders.org
Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre
KXC, in partnership with Christians Against Poverty, opened a debt counselling centre in November 2016. More Are you, or anyone you know in serious personal debt? There is hope, and CAP can help. To be referred to the centre call 0800 328 0006. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, going on client visits, helping with events and praying, contact Dan Miles, the CAP Centre Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer on the Streets
We head out onto the streets to pray with those around the King’s Cross area as much as we can as a community. More It’s a great opportunity to step out in faith in our local community and to reach out and offer hope and healing to those on our doorstep. If you are interested in finding out more or getting involved, speak to Josh Jeffries or drop him an email.
Choices (including Boutique)
Choices Islington offers a number of support and counselling services for women during pregnancy, particularly those considering termination. More This includes free counselling, as well as a befriending service. In partnership with KXC, Choices run a baby clothing boutique as well as a mums and toddlers group. KXC volunteers can get involved in a number of ways, ranging from sorting baby and childrens' clothing, helping at the mums group, offering friendship and practical support to clients; and even being trained as counsellors. To find out more please contact Rose Frater, who is part of KXC.
XLP is an urban youthwork charity that works in schools and with young people on estates across London, including those on the Bemerton Estate, Kings Cross. More KXC supports XLP’s work in Islington with a group volunteering on the XLP bus, mentoring and playing football with young people each Wednesday. To find out more contact Josh Booth, who is part of KXC.
KX Brunch is a free community cafe which happens every Sunday morning. More Run by KXC volunteers, the vision for the Brunch is to provide a place of community and welcome for the guests, no matter what their background or circumstances. Volunteers cook and serve bacon rolls and coffee and get to know the guests. To find out more or to get involved speak to Anna Danby or Justyn Singlehurst or email email@example.com.
Soul Action, Durban
Based in Durban, South Africa, Soul Action facilitates opportunities for Christians who are passionate about integral mission to network, train & work together, to address various forms of poverty in a holistic way. More Led by Phil and Rachel Bowyer, the team works with a range of churches and NGOs in the KZN province, as well as directly delivering an education programme which trains teachers and nursery workers in child development and teaching phonics. In 2016 the Bowyers are planting a church near where they live in Ballito. KXC partners with Soul Action, supporting the Bowyers in terms of finance and prayer. Andy Kitchen led teams visiting the Bowyers in Autumn 2014 and Spring 2016. We hope to take more people on learning trips in the future. To find out more speak to Andy.
Soul in the City Bingfield Park
Soul in the City is an annual community festival organised by a partnership of churches on the Bemerton Estate and neighbouring areas. More The team serve over the few days by putting on a variety of community events, doing practical projects, youth work and sports projects. We see these events as a catalyst for ongoing relationship. Soul in the City 2015 takes place from 22-24 May 2015. More details to follow here.
Serving Older People
Through the links we've made at Soul in the City opportunities have developed to serve older people in the local area. More A team has organised an over-55s Tea Dance featuring a live band. Hubs also occasionally do decorating and gardening for older people and regular visiting can develop afterwards if appropriate.