Currently, BCC has five formal partnerships with wider church and community groups. The purpose of these partnerships is to enhance our ability to help and serve the wider community in a way that is consistent with our values.
BCC and Enliven Northern:
Enliven runs a day programme for older people using the BCC Lounge from Tuesday to Friday. Approximately 20 older people attend each day. They are provided with a meal, activities, outings and a monthly church service.
BCC and The Good Neighbour Trust: One of the branches of the Good Neighbour Trust is Community Gardens. The Bethlehem Community Garden is part of the BCC land. There are 40 plots which are rented out to users for a nominal fee, as well as a number of gardens solely for community use – the community can help themselves! The gardens are maintained by individual users, volunteers and corporate groups. Regular working bees are held every Wednesday morning.
BCC and Omokoroa Community Church (OCC).
The Op Centre is located at 183 Moffat Road. It is staffed entirely by volunteers, from BCC and OCC and the community at large. It provides good quality clothes and goods at a very modest price. The proceeds of the Op Centre are returned back to the community as well as clothing and goods being donated to individuals and community groups as needed.
BCC and Thinking Matters:
Thinking Matters is a ministry encouraging New Zealand Christians to explore what they believe and why they believe it, so they can engage culture and present the Christian faith with gentleness and respect. The Thinking Matters office and resource centre are part of the BCC facilities.