Elim Life Church
Cost of project
Elim Life Church has been in existence since approximately 1930, but more recently it has become a charity in its own right, serving the local community.
What is Elim Life Church?
The Church has been working in North Birmingham for a number of decades and seeks to help all generations in our community. The community of Kingstanding and further afield across North Birmingham, benefits from activities organised by the Leadership of the Church together with many volunteers who want to care for those living in the locality of the Church. Several of the activities offered involve elderly people. A need was identified in the community amongst the elderly. They are often lonely and isolated. They sometimes don’t eat well as they do not wish to “cook for one”. They were looking for ways to connect and make friends. In response to this, Elim Life Church started the below projects:
- Oasis – a friendly place where over 55’s can enjoy a three course meal on a weekly basis.
Oasis began approximately a decade ago to be a place of encouragement and support for local elderly people. It aims to not only provide a great three course meal, but through the year arranges extra trips and activities for the elderly, including a seniors holiday. Unfortunately, isolation amongst elderly people is quite common, and they are often afraid to go out alone or in the dark. Elim Life Church runs a minibus service so that they are able to get out and about and attend the activities provided.
- Needles and Pins – a craft based group aimed at befriending lonely, local, elderly people and developing their skills.
Needles and Pins began approximately three years ago when a member of the congregation came to the Leadership as she was concerned about the growing number of lonely elderly people in the community. With a small group of willing volunteers, they began Needles and Pins which takes place weekly. Soon, this group grew and they now have people across North Birmingham who look forward to this as the highlight of their week. The items they make are donated or sold to give to other local charities, both home and abroad.
- Oasis Express – this is an extra luncheon held and situated in Wyrley Birch. It exists to provide good quality food and an opportunity to make friends for those in their mature years. Wyrley Birch is an area where Elim Life Church can encourage people to connect with each other as this is an area that has seen lots of its services disappear.
Oasis Express began approximately four years ago when the needs of the Wyrley Birch Estate were made known to the Leadership. Every year, they give out gifts with Santa and his sleigh. A Pastor from Elim Church knocked on the door of an elderly gentleman’s house to give him a box of chocolates for Christmas, and he shared his story of loneliness and concern in his later years. This, and other conversations like it, prompted Elim Life Church to start Oasis Express which also takes place every week.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
If successful, Elim Life Church will use the funding to put back money into all of its projects that help the Elderly. If funding is increased, they will be able to do more and hopefully connect with more Elderly people within the local community. With Needles and Pins, for example, they would like to buy a newer sewing machine, and money could also be put aside for the Oasis group for transport costs for the holiday away.
Elim Life Church would like to continue to develop projects amongst elderly people. They are hoping to start a new support group for the elderly on a monthly basis to signpost and support local senior citizens, and so dome of the funding would go towards set up costs to this. The funding will be used to buy food produce, knitting wool, patterns and other necessary items to use in all of these projects. Elim Life Church’s volunteers are often a part of the community that have already been helped themselves and now have a heart to help others in need.
Where can people go to find out more about Elim Life Church?
For more information about Elim Life Church, please contact: Mary Morrison, Operations Manager.
Tel: 0121 350 9650
Elim Life Church is also on Facebook
And Twitter @ElimKS