International Meeting Point

 The International Meeting Point is reaching out to the ‘stranger’ in Belfast and sharing God’s love.

The International Meeting Point is at 133 Lisburn Road. The IMP offers a wide variety of help and services to those who come through its doors: serving food and drinks in the cafe, offering legal advice, running English classes, taking people shopping, helping the unemployed find jobs and leading Bible studies.

The centre’s doors have opened to people from over 30 different countries and is dedicated to helping meet their practical and spiritual needs.

Many people who visit IMP have difficulties in acquiring what many of us consider to be basic needs.  In January 2019 The Mission Committee gathered support for  IMP by donating some men’s toiletries, pants and socks and other supplies.  The donations came from the congregation and residents of Groomsport.

The Mission Committee would like to thank everyone for their generous support.  The photographs are just some of the items that were collected and delivered to the IMP in February. 

We would like to sincerely thank you for your generous gifts. The men's toiletries are absolutely fantastic and will be of great benefit to the many men who come into the centre. This is a lovely way of helping people in a practical way when money is very short.
Sharon Heron
Deaconess

Bicycles

Another project that the congregation of Groomsport Presbyterian church supported was providing bicycles to the people who attend the International Meeting Point. The Mission Committee had put the call out in the first half of 2019, that maybe some of the congregation might like to clear some space in their garage, by getting rid of old bikes. This opportunity was met with enthusiasm and 13 bicycles were discovered, which would have otherwise gone to waste.  

The bikes were dusted off and checked before being delivered to the International Meeting Point in Belfast on 22nd June.  Upon arrival it was realised that the need for this form of transport was great, the minister informed us that some 70 people were on the waiting list for a bicycle.  We were able to provide 13 bikes on this occasion.