Beyond Local Projects

C3 Care Centres in Dee Why, City, Silverwater & Penrith

It is great to see the Care Centres spreading across our campuses.

Josie Parata runs the Oxford Falls Centre along with SMS Lighthouse (Single Mums Support) from the C3 Community Centre in Dee Why.  This service is offered free to the community and provides help for single mums and their families who are struggling and need a hand up.  C3 Church supports Josie & this wonderful outreach.  The centre provides the following services for single mothers:

  • Training & Education through weekly seminars called "Moving Forward"
  • Offering an inviting and caring Community Centre for families in crisis and need
  • Helping with mediation and court appearances
  • Assistance with finding accommodation and work opportunities
  • Financial management and debt coaching
  • Addressing domestic violence issues and much, much more including relationship building with other mums in similar situations
If you would like to help Josie and her team continue and expand this work, 
we have set up a sponsorship program:
$750 sponsors one Mum and her family for 12 months by providing the services above
$375.00 sponsors one Mum and her family for 6 months
$187.50 sponsors one Mum and her family for 3 months

$62.50 sponsors one Mum and her family for 1 month

And congratulations to Josie, who was the runner up for the NSW Community Hero Awards in 2014!

Carly Lewis and her team run the Silverwater Centre which has recently undergone a huge revamp including the installation of a brand new commercial kitchen, lavish meals area and space for the clothing & food relief stores.  The centre is visited by hundreds of people each week and Carly is also preparing to launch another Centre at Merrylands in September.   She is assisting our new Penrith campus to launch theirs as well.

Monica Olander heads up the City campus community program that also sees over 100 visitors every week & is having a huge impact amongst the homeless & refugee communities.

For more information or to make a donation, contact the beyond office beyond@myc3church.net

In conjunction with our Care Centres, most of our campuses are now actively helping their local communities with food relief.  At Oxford Falls, emergency food relief is available to single mums, CAP clients, struggling families and others who have hit hard times.  Under the capable management of Josie Parata & Stephen Reed, food parcels are prepared and stored ready for distribution to the community.  Church volunteers follow-up every person helped individually, with the aim of forming meaningful relationships to help them back on their feet again.

At Silverwater we also have a food service available to people in need through the Care Centre and every week food hampers are prepared and distributed to the community.  The school lunches initiative provides lunch packs for school children in the Auburn area who would otherwise go without and Carly Lewis and her team run a weekly 'in house' lunch where they serve over 100 hot meals per week!  Through this ministry many people have been saved including an elderly man suffering with depression that was about to take his own life.  He ended up at the Care Centre and was dramatically saved and healed.

The City Campus has also commenced a weekly luncheon for the homeless.  It takes place every Thursday through the initiative of Vic Hitchcock.  Several volunteers make this event happen serving a nutritious meal to over 120 homeless people each week and some of those who have been helped are now giving back, by being on the volunteer team!  Vic also serves the needs of asylum seekers at Newtown.

Well done Josie, Carly, Monica, Vic and the Care Centre Teams.  You are really making a difference!

 

Fighting chance

Our good friends Fighting Chance, recently moved into new offices in the Skyline Business Park so now we are truly neighbours!  There is a great opportunity for our Connect Groups to be involved with their 'Avenue' - Disability Fair Trade Arm.  'Avenue' assists to empower people with disabilities by creating jobs for them both locally and in deveoping nations. 

We are looking for Connect Groups and individuals who would be interested in running a stall at their local markets, either as a once off or as an ongoing commitment (maybe 3-4 times per year).  Fighting Chance do an amazing job and deserve all the support we can give.

For more information, contact the Beyond office beyond@myc3church.net or visit their website http://www.fightingchance.org.au

C3 Cyclists

C3 Cyclists recently completed their annual fund raising event covering some 600kms from Sydney to Port Macquarie including cycling through the challenging Thunderbolt Pass.  Thanks to their efforts they raised almost $23,000 to buy equipment for Port Macquarie hospital and a cheque was presented at the C3 Port Macquarie Sunday service to staff from the hospital.  Stay tuned for their 2014 adventures …

And if you would like to join the team or sponsor a cyclist, please contact the Beyond office beyond@myc3church.net

Young Adults partner with Red Frogs

The young adults are on a roll having launched some community outreach events with Red Frogs at Macquarie University.  Crowds gathered around the Red Frog stalls at the Macquarie Orientation Day in March and there was ample opportunity for our teams to chat to the students and let them know what's coming up for them in 2014.  The youth & young adults teams continue to work closely with students from various schools and universities in partnership with Red Frogs and are seeing lives transformed.

Love Sydney

Love Sydney 2014 was again a highlight of the Presence Conference as we banded together as a church to bless those struggling in our community.  This year we supported:

KYDS (Ku-ring-gai Youth Development Services) – supporting young people in addressing issues such as depression, youth suicide & addictions.  We contributed $7,500 towards their youth suicide prevention program.

Our friends, Fighting Chance, a local organisation creating job opportunities for young people with disabilities.  We invested $10,000 towards this initiative.

When Jackson Keleher was just 16 weeks old, his diagnosis was that 95% of his body was disabled due to Cerebral Palsy. He was never expected to walk or talk, although his intelligence was unaffected. His father David had to accept Jacksons prognosis, but refused to believe nothing could be done. He discovered that with intense physiotherapy and exercise, the young brain can be retrained to communicate with the body. David moved back with his parents to provide full-time care. We invested $20,000 towards this wonderful family. 

Kids Helpline, a critically needed, free counselling service for children and young people.  Kids Helpline takes 100's of calls per day from children in distress, either through their home situation, difficulties at school, bullying and even depression and suicidal thoughts.  The helpline misses 40 calls per day due to understaffing so we were very pleased to be able to lend them our support this year by donating $15,000.

Prince of Wales Wig Library - Gail Avis continues to volunteer at the library and has been able to expand the stock to include lovely head scarves & bandanas thanks to our donations.  And we were pleased to celebrate with Vi Robbins as she turned 112 in February, making her the oldest woman in Australia! We donated $5,000 this year for ongoing support to the ladies battling with cancer.

To find out more about these organisations contact the beyond office beyond@myc3church.net

Silverwater Care Centre

The Silverwater Care Centre has been so successful since its launch early last year, that they have had to expand their premises.   Thanks to donations of $14,000 given by the ladies at the EveryWoman screening of 'Girl Rising' recently,  the centre is now in complete refurbishment.  A new kitchen has been installed and lots of welcoming and comfortable spaces are being created for visitors and clients alike.

Our C3 care centres exists to nurture, provide for and love those who are doing life without many of the things many take for granted.  Our Care Centre expansion at SIlverwater and our revamped Thursday program's have been a big success. We are seeing lives changed and people practically helped and ministered to. Its is such a privilege to meet and build relationships with individuals, who all have unique stories. 

Each Thursday morning at Silverwater, our incredible volunteer team comes in, packs our Foodbank deliveries, prepares a hot lunch for our clients and gets the centre ready. It's such a joy seeing our valued guests walk through the door at 11am for worship music, an encouraging message of hope and hot lunch together. Afterwards many of our clients give back by getting involved packing away, sorting items and hanging clothes. 

The Care Centres offers food parcels, meals, clothing, shoes, home wares, toy library, furniture and debt management counselling to persons in need in our community.

We are so thankful for the generous support and donations from members of C3 Church, Big W Australia, Oz Harvest and the local Loop Bus service provided by Dooley's and Auburn Council.

Scripture School Teaching

We would like to acknowledge the fantastic work of our Scripture teachers from all campuses that is headed up by the dedicated Jacqui Mikac!  Jacqui currently coordinates scripture for over 1,100 students and oversees 22 teachers from C3 that teach up to 40 classes each week. Her efforts are profoundly impacting young lives.  

We congratulate you Jacqui and value all your team is doing to make a difference in the lives of teachers and kids across Sydney.  

Christians against poverty

Christians Against Poverty has had another busy and successful year with almost 100 families being helped through our 3 campuses.  On average there is a new salvation every week.  Since opening the Centres we have assisted 490 families and seen 130 decisions for Christ!

Nicole Adler is now managing both the Oxford Falls & Silverwater Centres and we welcome Manu to the City Campus Centre.