We believe the love of God can be demonstrated in myriads of practical caring ways, meeting the needs of people in a way that reflects the values of the Kingdom of God. We are involved in lots of initiatives, many of which are in partnership with other churches and other groups.
Abingdon Emergency Foodbank
Set up to meet the needs of people who are going through a period of crisis and are struggling to feed themselves and their families. This crisis may come in many forms, for example as redundancy, ill-health, family break-up or just unexpected large bills. The Foodbank is run by a team of volunteers from Christ Church and other churches in the Abingdon area. It’s a practical way of sharing God’s love in the local community. Anyone in need in the community who has been referred to the Foodbank is welcome to receive food packages, regardless of their faith or creed. The Foodbank is managed by Sarah Fry and Hilary Beale from Christ Church.
Caring for, listening to and talking with people on the streets of Abingdon on Saturday nights between 10:00pm and 3:00am; we work alongside Thames Valley Police to help to create a positive atmosphere for those having a night out; we offer help to individuals, especially the young and vulnerable, by providing practical assistance where required to keep people safe until they return home.
Abingdon Street Pastors was set up in 2011 in collaboration with the Churches in Abingdon (CiA) and the Thames Valley Police (TVP), with the support of the local Council. More than 30 people volunteer either as Street Pastors or Prayer Pastors, or as members of the Management Committee.
Home for Good Abingdon
The Home for Good group exists to provide a friendly, welcoming group for anyone who is interested in finding out about fostering, adoption, or supporting those involved, as well as for carers themselves. We have fun times out together, relaxing, chatting, eating, and praying. See the Facebook group Home for Good Network, Abingdon. Home for Good Abingdon is run by Jill Ward and Tania Beale from Christ Church.
The Archway Foundation
The Archway Foundation was founded in Oxford in 1992 and extended its work to Abingdon in 2008. In “serving those hurt by loneliness” its small but growing staff team and over 150 dedicated volunteers provide Individual Support through one-to-one time, supportive social groups (two in Oxford, two in Abingdon and two for 18 to 30 year olds), and transport for those unable to access independently. Reaching around 400 adults each year, love is demonstrated through active listening (often to some very distressing life stories and situations), accepting people in all circumstances, promoting a sense of belonging as well as signposting and supporting people to access other forms of help. Its CEO, Sheila Furlong, is a Mission Partner at Christ Church. Opportunities exist for volunteer drivers, one-to-one support volunteers and social group helpers.
SHIFT supports parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in the Abingdon area, with or without a diagnosis. The group meets at Christ Church weekly in term-time, to support each other and chat about the joys and difficulties of parenting a child with special needs. There are also monthly evening get-togethers.
Some weeks there are visits from professionals and organisations who pop in for an informal chat to give more information about their services. There is always coffee, chat, cake and a friendly welcome. We do not run a crèche, but preschool age children are welcome and there are plenty of toys! SHIFT also runs several fun events for the whole family throughout the year. SHIFT Abingdon is run by Sally Foulsham, a member of Christ Church.
All dates and venues for day and evening meetings can be found on the group’s website or Facebook page.
The Abingdon Bridge
The Abingdon Bridge (TAB) supports young people aged 13-25 in challenging circumstances. TAB uses Christ Church as one of its counselling centres; the Chair of TAB, Chris Bryan, is a member of Christ Church.
To find out more about any of our Social Justice initiatives, please get in touch with the Church Office via the Contact Us page.