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The world around us is full of challenges and every day people struggle with their circumstances.  Sadly, the places in greatest need of the transforming power of Jesus are the places where the church is in decline.

At TVC Church, we partner with a number of organisations to bring compassionate transformation to Teesside.

Eden

TVC Church, like many churches nationally, partners with The Message Trust in the Eden Network. The focus of this partnership is to establish mission-minded communities that are recognised by the government as being in the bottom 10% economically.

Our partnership with Eden goes back many years and together we have established 3 teams over that time on Teesside. We continue to see the fruit of this partnership and celebrate the many stories of lives transformed at our baptism services.

Ragworth and Primrose Hill Eden Team

The Eden team, led by Paul Connor who lives in the heart of this community.  We, as TVC Church, own a building in the area, which we have called ‘The Shack’.  It operates as a hub for community engagement. The team meet regularly at The Shack to run a breakfast club, youth club and courses that are designed to upscale people’s life skills.  It is a real hub of community activity that is focussed on building relationships and sharing God’s love.  The team also host a monthly church service called ‘TOAST’ which stand for ‘Time On a Sunday Together’ which aims to build a family of faith on the estate.

Find out more about what is happening at The Shack by visiting their Facebook Page.

Parkfield & Oxbridge Eden Team

The Eden team, led by Steve Sewell, who, like all Eden Team leaders, lives in the heart of the community.  This team does not have the luxury of a building and centre. The focus of this ministry is through team homes, particularly on Shaftsbury Street in Stockton. We meet in the open for prayer and food distribution, engaging and praying with people in the community. As a team, we have a great partnership with the Moses Project and the Junction 42 Connect Missional Community as we reach out to people with the love and compassion of the gospel.

Easterside Eden – Legacy

Tony Grainge and a faithful team of people have served the community of Easterside, Middlesbrough, for 10 years as an Eden Team. Through this team, we have impacted and transformed not just lives, but the whole community in a variety of ways. In 2021 we formally moved the Eden team to a Legacy status. This was to acknowledge that Tony’s role had expanded wider than Easterside and although work is still ongoing into the community it is no longer Eden shaped. We thank God for the incredible impact that this team has had on the estate with the various team members working alongside Tony and Steph over that time.

Community Grocery

Founded during the COVID19 pandemic, partner organisation The Message Trust developed the Grocery to help support families with the financial impact of the pandemic.

Through partnership with local supermarkets, the Community Grocery is able to offer a wide range of food for the whole family to choose from, at a fraction of the cost, meaning you can save money, help the environment and reduce food waste all in one.

But it’s not just about the food. There’s also a range of free extra support on offer at the grocery should you ever need it. Support like job clubs, money management support, healthy cooking classes and much more.

You can find out more about the Grocery by visiting the web page here.

Or you can find us on Facebook.

 

Debt Support

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a national charity aimed at helping people to get free from poverty and debt.  At TVC Church, we operate a CAP Centre, offering support, expertise and training for those who are struggling financially. This service is totally free and is open to anybody, regardless of their faith.

Our CAP Centre manager, Julie Parker, has helped over 600 clients since the centre opened in 2006.

Julie often visits clients in their homes, but is at The Community Grocery each Tuesday afternoon to meet anybody who would like to chat.

You can contact Julie via email: Julieparker@capuk.org or via the CAP helpline 08003280006.

Find out more about the work of Christians Against Poverty nationally, by visiting their webpage.

These articles talk about the work of CAP here at TVC Church:

Three13 Training

Since 2016, our training arm, Three13, has addressed the issue of high unemployment in Teesside, helping people who are furthest from the job market back into work, by increasing their confidence through work experience, careers guidance and accredited training programmes.

Forgetting what’s in the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, each person we engage with gets the tailored support they need to grow and develop, to overcome obstacles and fulfill their personal potential. This support takes place face-to-face, in working environments at our training hub or out in the community.

Find out more by visiting our Three13 Website

Stories

25th Apr 2021

Steve’s story

A life of anger, hatred and loneliness fuelled by drink and drugs; Steve’s life was going nowhere, until God’s love, shown at a soup kitchen, set Steven searching on a different path. Steve may have given up, but God hadn’t! “I just felt the…