Ballina Centre of Mission
Emma Rodrigues and Marian Edwards are based at our Ballina Centre of Mission, which was launched in April 2016 in partnership with Ballina Churches Together, an active partnership involving the four main Christian denominations – Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian. Since it's inception Emma and her team have been building bridges with the local community; being a catalyst for churches and local agencies to help meet the practical, educational and spiritual needs of people of all ages.
Ballina is a divided community, with a polarised population with 10% from the traveller-community. Emma and Marian work with a team of volunteers. They use a converted library bus for a number of events and drop-ins such as a weekly Bible club in two local housing estates and a weekly evening ‘drop-in’ at the local market square. Vulnerable young people (including traveller boys and girls) visit weekly. Isolated farmers within a 20-mile radius come to the bus for a cuppa and a chat. Many of these men experience depression and addiction issues and need a listening ear and friendship.
The centre of mission also runs regular Futsal (Brazilian indoor football), English lessons for Syrian women, and helps at the local food bank alongside another charity. Weekly Bible study and prayer groups are also run regularly, and periodically Emma and Marian run RE lessons in the local schools, a NUA course and The Alpha course.
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