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Restoration Counselling Services (RCS) is an agency of the church and has been established to provide practical and ongoing help to the community.

A number of projects have been established by the agency these are - click the links for more information:

Sunday worshipDrop in Centre
Mentoring Service
Home Visits
Jephthah's Army Project
Mission & Vision Statement
Jephthah's Daughter - A Ministry of Women to Women
Rites of Passage
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities

Drop in Centre

The centre opens from 11.00 am to 3.00pm every Wednesday and is for all sections of the community. This is a free service and is a ministry of the main church.

Week 1

Intercessory prayer for the community

Morning Prayer times:

11.00-11.30 prayers

11.30-12.00-discussion/-bible study

12.00-12.30 Tea/refreshments

Afternoon times:

1.00-2.30 prayer, discussion & bible study

Week 2

Community Bible study subjects shall include:

The Bible
Becoming a Christian
The basics of Christianity
Jesus the Way, the Truth, the Life  

Week 3

Counselling

Help with family and other issues
Children issues
Mentoring
Spiritual guidance

Week 4

Casework referrals from other agencies and to other agencies 
Follow up
Advocacy
Ongoing support

Week 5

Workshop
Topical issues shall be explored. Practical help and advice on key issues such as:

Money matters
Rites of passage
Policing
Overcoming gambling/alcohol/drug addiction
Information centre

Mentoring Service

The mentoring programme is delivered by Restoration Counselling Services (RCS) and is an agency of the main church.

The mentoring programme is for any young person (boys and girls) who will work with a mentor as he/she grows up.

The mentor will offer support, guidance and direction in areas such as education, career choice, coping with adolescence, rites of passage and generally all matters to do with growing up.

Ministers of the main church supervise the mentoring programme.

The programme is not a substitute for his/her parents but is designed to assist parents as a family friend, elder brother or sister, or uncle/aunt.

To know more about the programme simply contact the church office.

Home Visits

As a community oriented church we seek to be open to the public on a daily basis and do hope you will visit us during the day and especially on a Wednesday at the Drop in Centre. The church also offers home visits to the sick, elderly and anyone who seeks the help and support of the church.

Home visits are for:

Prayer, Counselling, Bible study and any pastoral help that you and your family might require. 

To request a home visit from our trained visitors please contact the church by email, regular postal service or by telephone. All visits are by arrangement and are free of charge.

 

Jephthah's Army Project

Who was Jephthah?

Jephthah was the illegitimate son of a wealthy man and a prostitute woman. The life and times of Jephthah can be found in the book of Judges in the Holy Bible. Below is a summary of the key points in Jephthah’s life:

Rejected by his siblings because of his background; He is forced to leave the community after the death of his father. He becomes a leader of young men and a positive force for good; His reputation as a leader and mentor is so great his name and work brings him into prominence; He is asked to help protect his community from a deadly threat; He agrees to lead an army to protect his community against the threat on condition that he becomes leader in peace time also; His request is granted and he successfully defends his community and nation; He makes a life changing vow and would not break the vow despite the great personal cost.

What is the project?

A project that seeks to reach young boys and young men who are deemed:

Antisocial, not motivated to succeed, have a history of rejection, exclusion from schools, youth offending, and broken homes leading to youth offending, gang involvement, teenage fathers, substance abuse and homelessness

Age group 5- 21

Services to be provided

A Drop in Centre where advice, counselling and support can be given to the young person, the school, the police and other agencies in an attempt to turn the young person’s life and future prospects around; Commissioning research on behalf of young people’s needs; Outreach work, in the form of liaison with schools, YOT, Local authorities, the police and other agencies to rescue young people from gangs, truancy, and anti social activities; Mentoring; Counselling; Family support and Advocacy.

Mission Statement

“ To rescue, care and support children and young people in the UK through education, mentoring, support and other related areas to enable them to fulfil their potential and grow into happy and successful adults”

Vision Statement

“To be bridge of Hope to children and young people in the UK to enhance their opportunities of success”

Objectives:

  • To work with agencies involved in children and young people affairs;

  • To help to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people;

  • To mediate on behalf of disgruntled, anti social or troubled children and young people in ensuring the best solutions are pursued;

  • To develop projects that will increase the aims of the agency

Jephthah's Daughter - A Ministry of Women to Women

The only child of her father who encouraged her father to follow through a vow he makes to God and in the process sacrifice herself.

This is a ministry of women willing and able to make a difference in the lives of other women:

A ministry to young people (female) age 5-18, to young mothers and expectant mothers; to help reduce the high levels of teenage pregnancies; help with controlling high truancy levels. Mentoring/mothering through developing life skills, helping to nurture relationships; supporting families

and helping to develop a young mothers support group.

Rites of Passage   

What is a rite of passage?

A rite of passage, simply put, is the transition from childhood to adulthood.

This programme has been developed to assist parents on preparing their child to successfully make the transition.    

The programme aims to:

Equip adults especially parents with the tools to ensure the transition takes place. It will also set out the key things every parent or guardian must ensure their child is aware of or able to do for him/herself; Help children to prepare for the transition; Is also a standard for all children making the transition;   

The programme is over four weeks and will equip parents with information, knowledge and wisdom to prepare our children with the tools to make the transition. In modern society many of the social problems and failures caused by or experienced by our youths is because they have never been properly prepared for the transition. Do sign up for this innovative and timely programme and learn the skills to help your child become a successful adult.

Break the cycle, train for success and pass on your values and dreams to your children.

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities 

The Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parent education programme is a community based programme specifically designed to promote some of the protective factors associated with 'good parenting' (developing close and warm relationships between parents and children; using methods of discipline that support self-discipline in children; fostering self-esteem of children; developing strategies to deal with risky situations; managing anger). At the same time SFSC deals with the factors in parenting that are associated with increased risk (inconsistent parenting; harsh discipline in an overly critical environment; limited supervision; isolation and lack of knowledge of community resources). Importantly, the SFSC approach emphasises that parenting is impacted by the local environment (for example the availability of good schools) and that parents should play an active role in shaping this environment by engaging with community resources.

The SFSC parent programme is based on a strengths based 'facilitative model', which aims to raise the consciousness of parents. In addition, the curriculum aims to help families develop or promote: strong ethnic and cultural roots; positive parent-child relationships; a range of life skills; self esteem, self-discipline and social competence; and an ability to access community resources.

SFSC achieves its aims through a range of methods, which include:

providing parents with information to empower them; developing anger management and positive discipline techniques; providing a cultural framework to validate the historical and family experiences of different ethnic groups; decreasing isolation by helping parents to connect to community resources.

SFSC is structured into 12 three hour sessions (plus an information session) taught in consecutive weeks. It is run with between 8 and 15 parents. The SFSC programme is now an accredited programme through the Open College Network. This enables those facilitators who want to, to support parents in developing a portfolio and gaining qualifications and credits for participating in the programme. The credits may be used by parents in returning to formal education or applying for jobs. The programme has been shown to have been useful in a range of settings and with a range of different populations.

This has included: both urban and rural settings; with men as well as women; with teenage parents and with a range of ethnic groups.