In the City of Salisbury community, ONE Life Church is busy serving people doing it tough with practical actions. The church building operates as a community hub throughout the week and goes beyond the idea that church only happens on Sundays!
Jeff Marshall and his wife Kerry are senior pastors of the church. Jeff is also director of ONE Life Community Assist, the church’s outreach arm. ‘Community Assist is what we are doing to be Jesus in our community – the Good Samaritans’, Jeff says.
Here are some of the supports and services available through ONE Life Community Assist.
ONE Life’s key service is its CAFE, which stands for Community Assist Food Enterprises.
Every Wednesday from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, there is a free food giveaway. Items fluctuate depending on availability but include fresh produce, bread and pantry items. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8.30am to 2.00pm, a community cafe is run by volunteers with hamburgers and hotdogs available for a low cost. ONE Life hopes to secure a grant to upgrade its facilities for a larger commercial kitchen to run things like cooking classes in the future.
ONE Life help with unemployment by having a computer kiosk set up in the foyer of its reception area to help people do job searches.
ONE Life Leadership College
ONE Life runs a leadership college, acting mainly as a ministry college for people in the church but has a community development element with access to hundreds of short courses.
Jeff is also the state director of Chaplaincy Australia SA, so community chaplains are available to individuals, including Cornerstone Housing tenants, for personalised support.
ONE Life also provides Christmas hampers and runs a community carols event in December.
13–15 Ormsby Ave
Pictured above: ONE Life volunteers from left to right: Alan, Tracey, Sandya, Justin and Jeff.