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Base camp thinking means that those in OBC who are already involved in other Christian ministries are actively supported by the church. The mission expeditions they are committed to are seen as part of OBC’s mission. So we pray for, support and help finance a number of church members whose focus lies outside of the immediate sphere of church life.

These are some of our partner organisations:


This Way Up is a Christian organisation seeking to understand how children and young people are affected by loss in our lives (not just death, but divorce/separation/moving house…whatever). As J. John says, “It is easier to build children than to mend broken adults.” This Way Up helps children and young people unpack some of their feelings of anger, guilt and confusion. This happens through one-to-one support in schools and by using the ‘Lost and Found’ materials along with other courses on anger and self esteem. This Way Up are based in Solihull but work with partners across the UK and beyond to offer similar support to children and young people elsewhere. Historically, a number of Olton Baptist Church members have worked for This Way up, including its founder, Pete English, and we continue to support their work.


Agape is a Christian charity dedicated to addressing the spiritual needs of the UK by helping people to see, hear, understand and be forever changed by the person and claims of Jesus. Agape work in four particular areas of UK life – universities, the family, the workplace and those least reached with the message of Jesus. With national headquarters in Birmingham, a number of Agape staff are members of Olton Baptist Church, including the National Director, Lesley Cheesman.


Solihull Welcome is a drop-in support centre offering hospitality to asylum seekers and refugees, staffed by a large team of volunteers from Solihull churches, including some from Olton Baptist Church. It is open on Wednesdays from 11.30am to 3.45pm and Fridays 10.30am to 3.00pm at St. Augustine’s Church Hall, Herbert Road, B91 3QE. The project is especially aimed at asylum seekers and refugees who are obliged to visit the Border and Immigration Agency based at Sandford House in Homer Road. Hospitality includes the provision of free refreshments, conversation with our guests, a limited amount of clothing, toys for children and, when requested, pointers as to where further help and advice may be obtained.


Crossroads is the churches’ contribution to Birmingham’s soup run project. OBC is one of a small group of churches that serve around 70 clients who are homeless or vulnerable. OBC cover the fourth Sunday evening of each month, providing two teams of people. One team prepares soup and sandwiches at Small Heath Baptist Church. The other takes and distributes the food at Albert Street in the city centre. Crossroads’ aim is to show the love and hope of Jesus in a practical way, meeting the physical needs of the clients, but also taking time to talk to and listen to them, suggesting other services if possible. New team members are always welcome, especially in the city centre team. There is always have a need for warm men’s clothing, blankets and sleeping bags, so anyone having a clear out might want to bear Crossroads in mind.


Chaplains from Olton Baptist Church are part of both the West Midlands Police and the  Churches and Industry Group Birmingham (CIGB) chaplaincy teams, the latter ministering on the National Express local buses.

 

In addition, OBC is committed to supporting two much bigger Christian mission organisations:


BMS World Mission works in around 35 countries on four continents. Their personnel are mainly involved in church planting, development, disaster relief, education, health, and media and advocacy. BMS World Mission began in 1792 as the Baptist Missionary Society to make the name of Jesus known in the world.  Today, their aim is to share life in all its fullness with the world’s peoples by enabling them to know Christ, alleviating suffering and injustice, and improving the quality of life. At Olton Baptist Church, we are connected in particular with a BMS World Mission couple developing an education project in Eastern Europe.


Christian Aid insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. They work globally as part of a wider movement for social justice, to mitigate the effects of poverty and to eradicate its causes, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. Olton Baptist Church supports Christian Aid’s campaigns and fund raising initiatives.