First Church is a community who offer acts of service towards others in response to the call of God. Our vision is to grow in love for God, each other and the world therefore, as the world starts on our doorstep, here are a few of the ways that we try to shine God’s light into our own town and local community.

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Alpha

Alpha is for anyone who is curious. Alpha is a chance to explore and question the meaning of life. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. It's fun, relaxed and free, and you can ask whatever you like (that's why over 22.5 million people worldwide have already done Alpha).

Next Alpha Course Starts on Monday 18th February in Space for Grace (below DT Fitness) on the Belfast Road at 7.30pm starting with a meal . Also running on a Tuesday morning at 9.30 am - includes breakfast and a creche) Everyone Welcome!

Check out the website for more info - www.alpha.org

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Food Bank

We hope to help those who are unable to put food on their family table for whatever reason. The Food Bank operates entirely through donations which are then sorted by our volunteers & boxed up.

Those in need of food parcels are given a voucher by one of the professionals with whom we are in partnership with. One food box will provide 3 days of breakfast, lunch and dinner for a family, the size of the box given depending on the size of the family.

If you’re interested in helping you can do so by leaving donations of food (non-perishable) at the church or by donating money towards it.

The Foodbank is open on Tuesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

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The Edge

This is a cross community centre for Youth – supported by Ballynahinch Baptist, Methodist, Edengrove & First Presbyterian, Magheradroll Parish, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church. It is funded by the Education Authority, the Churches and individual church members. There is a large team of leaders and volunteers. It has been going for about 16 years and provides after school activities, an evening drop in, and annual Mission trips to Romanian orphanages or similar.

Visit The Edge website for more info - www.edgeyc.co.uk

The Hub Counselling Centre

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Safe, local caring, confidential and professional counselling service for those 12+ enabling you to talk through current or past life difficulties, gaining new insights and direction.

It deals with bereavement, depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide

50 Windmill Street, Ballynahinch. Tel: 028 97561100

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CAP (Christians Against Poverty)

The Mid-Down Debt Centre was launched in 2013 as a response to financial difficulties experienced by members of the community in Ballynahinch and the surrounding area.

Enter your postcode on this page to see when the next CAP Money course will happen as well as contact details for CAP for free debt help: https://capuk.org/i-want-help/search