Ozzy Road has 3 areas of outreach into the local community in Derby.
Family: we connect with local families through a long term ministry to a federation of 3 local primary schools (3 schools with 1 head teacher and 1 governing body with about 600 children in all). Through weekly Christian assemblies we are able to speak to children from a number of different faith and cultural backgrounds about what we believe. In ICT clubs we enable small groups of children to tell bible stories or Christian values in powerpoint or video which is then shown at whole school assemblies. Craft clubs also provide an opportunity to talk to children and their parents, and to invite them to messy church which has a similar feel. At breakfast club we speak informally to children and parents. Occasionally we help with big one-off events, and 3 times a year all 3 schools come to the church for a joint celebration at harvest, Christmas and Easter.
At the church we run a weekly set of activities for the Church family (Including Messy Church, family groups and youth work) and for local needs. These are updated on the Weekly events page.
We also try to bring everybody together for large family events ranging from Medieval Feasts to Ozzy Roads Got Talent to Street Parties.
Local needs: Ozzy Road is situated in one of the poorest communities in the country*, and many local people face issues around homelessness, debt and addiction. Through a set of drop-ins, working with other churches and Christian groups, and working in cooperation with council run services we try to support people with these needs.
Recovery Project is run in partnership with Derby City Mission and Youth With A Mission. The aim is to provide a safe warm environment, food, friendship and listening ear. Times of prayer, testimony time, small group discussion on Christian issues and craft activities are regularly included.
Storehouse is run with Community Church Derby and provides a high quality sit-down meal, time to talk over board games and help with issues such as clothing.
Jubilee Project offers free debt and welfare advice, along with food parcels for people in desparate need or paying off debts while on benefits or low income. Volunteers from Ozzy Road provide a welcoming environment while Derby City Mission provide the professional advice.
All times can be found on the Weekly events page.
City: We work in cooperation with other churches and Christian organisations in Derby in many ways. Graham Watkins is vice-chair of Directors at Derby City Mission, and Project Director for Derby Churches Nightshelter. In particular we play a leading role in Street Pastors, Healing on the Streets and the Nightshelter project. Building on the long-established ministry to local schools, we are trying to enable other local churches to build similar relationships with other schools in the Normanton area which currently have no church connection.
*The index of multi-deprivation places the city centre and Normanton areas of Derby in the bottom 2% in Great Britain.