LSG spotlight: Rostrevor Baptist Church
Enrich Life is the community services arm of Rostrevor Baptist Church. Compelled to express the love and compassion of Jesus in practical ways, Enrich Life offers a range of programs and activities designed to support and empower individuals and families.
Some of our programs include:
> Fresh Food Fridays – an opportunity for those on low incomes to receive free nutritious food and build connections with others.
> COACH family mentoring – a trained volunteer mentor meets regularly with a parent to build a relationship and support them toward life goals.
> Kids COACH mentoring – a trained mentor meets with a child experiencing disadvantage in a local school to support and connect in a fun and engaging way.
> Clay Cup – our experience café offers skills training and hospitality experience for people experiencing marginalisation and a warm, friendly environment with great food and drinks at affordable prices for customers.
> We have a weekly cooking class, English as a second language class, seniors’ games group, craft group and Tuesday and Wednesday social lunch groups.
Several Cornerstone Housing tenants connect with one or more of our weekly programs. We have a strong connection and pastoral role with those living in the Cornerstone homes opposite our church property, and we visit and engage with them regularly.
Several years ago, a single mum with young children was referred to our COACH family program from a local government agency. The family were isolated with very limited supports – and without stable housing. We provided a mentor to meet with the family regularly to build a relationship. Soon after this, a Cornerstone Housing vacancy near our church property became available, and we were able to move the family into this. With stable housing close to supports offered by the church, the family have been able to engage with a whole range of supports that have increased their capacity to manage life well. They are regular attenders at Fresh Food Day, youth group, church events and have built friendships with others. Stable housing through Cornerstone has provided many positive outcomes and opportunities that may otherwise have been missed.
Find out more
If you would like to know more about Enrich Life opportunities at Rostrevor Baptist, please contact Enrich Life Coordinator Bec Drury.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Rostrevor Baptist Church
288 Montacute Road
Rostrevor SA 5073