Island Bay Presbyterian Congregation seeks to take the way of Jesus into the wider community in a range of ways.
This has been augmented in 2017 by the creation of the Nordmeyer Garden. A new ministry, started in 2016, focuses particularly on the suburb of Berhampore. Our Community Minister, Bruce and CMAG (Community Ministry Action Group), works with the whole congregation to engage with the people of Berhampore. This is happening in two main ways: the Free Lunch in Granville Flats (559 Adelaide Rd), and the Berhampore Fruit and Vege Co-op.
The Free Lunch
The lunch is a place to share food and friendship. Lunch is in the Granville Flats Community Room at 559 Adelaide Rd from 12 – 1pm every Tuesday and all are welcome. The food is simple; we usually eat soup cooked by the church congregation, along with bread and baking provided by the Boys and Girls Institute and a generous local business. Soup is often made from produce collected by Kaibosh. The team includes Granville Flats residents as well as church members.
For many people, affording transport to a market, on top of the cost of produce, is challenging. To make fresh fruit and vegetables affordable the congregation has established a co-op in Berhampore.
It happens every Tuesday. There are three pick-up points in Berhampore: Granville Flats (559 Adelaide Rd) from 11.30 till 1pm; Centennial Flats Community Centre (493 Adelaide Rd) from 1.30-3pm; and Rintoul St Flats Community Room (263 Rintoul St) from 4-6pm. Please register first. Orders can also be made online via a pre-payment by 5pm on the Thursday prior to Tuesday’s collection. Banking details are on the registration form.
Members of the congregation pack and transport the fruit and veges from Miramar to Berhampore. There, Bruce, Maria and the team take payments for the following week and give out ordered bags.
The Berhampore co-op is a branch of the Eastern Suburbs Fruit and Vege Co-op based in St Aidan’s Anglican Church, which is, in turn, a hub for a joint venture between Wesley Community Action, Regional Public Health and M.E. Transport Ltd.