The Dwell Project is the umbrella for all of our different faith-based ministries that runs throughout Barnabus. When people come through our doors, we don’t just offer them hope of a change in their physical circumstances but we also offer them hope for their emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. We aim to teach our guests how to abide and thrive in Christ. Empowering people into a home in Christ's love.

“In your unfailing love you will lead

the people you have redeemed.

In your strength you will guide them

to your holy dwelling… You will bring them in and plant them

on the mountain of your inheritance—

the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,

the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.”

~Exodus 15:13,17

In Exodus 15:13,17, we see God's redemptive plan is to lead His people to His dwelling place-a sanctuary established by His hands.

In a world where we barely have enough time to stop and have conversations with our closest friends, The Dwell Project exists to bridge the gap for those living on the outskirts of society and invite them into God's Kingdom.

Built on compassion, honour and respect, we encourage those often forgotten by society to embrace their identities in Christ. Our mission is to partner with Kingdom work by restoring their inherent value as God's children and empowering them to find a permanent home in the family of God. Our ultimate vision is that as we help individuals come to know Christ, that we would see their lives transformed. Through long term support and partnership with the Church in Manchester, we hope to see them progress into permanent housing, develop new skills and then be sustained by the continued support of the local Church, to live full and healthy lives as members of the community.

Our mission is simple: to reach rough sleepers, bringing the good news of Jesus to the most marginalised and vulnerable in our city.

Before lockdown, we were providing weekly opportunities for our guests to interact with the gospel. This includes our informal service called God Slot, which was a collaborative effort- between church leaders and pastors from across Greater Manchester and our incredible team of volunteers and staff. Each week, a church leader would come and give a short message or testimony. We would also have one of our worship leaders lead us in musical worship. Following the short service, we offered prayer and an opportunity for questions or discussion over teas and coffees. This year we also started our very first Alpha course which was open to everyone that came through our doors, wanting to explore faith and ask questions about Christianity. Although the lockdown cut this Alpha course short, we were able to connect with a few individuals during our time together and go deeper with them in sharing the gospel. We also offered time for prayer in our dedicated prayer space, 1-1 pastoral support and prayed regularly for both physical and inner healing. Our desire through all of our different ministries is to see people’s lives transformed through the work that we do and for their broken identities to be restored and their lives healed and forever changed by the love of Jesus.

With the ever-changing landscape of the sector due to the impact of new Covid-19 regulations and the aftermath of the lockdown, we can no longer operate as we used to. But by God’s grace, we have been able to adapt to these changes and still have been providing weekly street outreach with prayer. As well as offering prayer and worship, at a social distance, for some of our guests who are staying at a local hotel that has been set up for emergency accommodation provision. We have prayed with many, handed out bibles and other resources to introduce people to Christ and we continue to build relationships with individuals- which we believe will be a catalyst to seeing their lives transformed by the saving grace and knowledge of Jesus! We’re hoping to continue to develop this ministry and see how we can work to meet the spiritual needs of our community, including bible studies and possibly even exploring video-based and online meetings in the future.

Pray Always

There are so many needs and prayer requests and the number way that you can support us is through prayer. You can keep updated with our latest requests by subscribing to our monthly prayer update.

https://www.barnabus-manchester.org.uk/pray-with-us

Give Generously

Although unexpected, the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown has presented us with a new opportunity to change and adapt how we have done ministry in the past, to be able to continue to meet the needs of those we serve. The Dwell Project is growing and expanding into new areas and as such we also need your financial and physical support. So, whether that is through the donation of bibles that our friends can carry and read easily, or giving your time to volunteer for our outreach/ prayer teams. Or, by simply giving financially to help enable us to continue to share the gospel with those rough sleeping. There are many ways in which you can give generously and partner with us to empower people into a home in Christ’s love. Check out our Mission giving page.

To find out more about how you or your church can get involved please get in touch with Enyo our Dwell Project Leader: [email protected].

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