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Once a month we hold a short service of worship at the Sanctuary Nursing Home in Wantage. Contact Pauline Selhi, if you would like to join the team serving the home in this way.

Cornerstone is a coffee shop and Christian bookshop in Grove run by GFEC and three other local churches working together. Cornerstone opened in 1995 when the churches had the vision of creating a coffee shop where all will be welcomed and valued for who they are, not for what they can do, and where God shall be glorified in our dealings with each other. Today Cornerstone serves freshly prepared hot food and sandwiches until 2pm and coffee, tea and cakes all day. You will also find the shelves stocked with a range of Bibles and the best sellers in the Christian book charts together with cards and Fair-trade gifts.

Cornerstone is a charity with a board of trustees appointed by GFEC, St John’s, Vale Elim and Grove Methodist Churches. Cornerstone employs a full-time manager and three part-time employees together with a large team of volunteers.

The folk at Cornerstone look forward to seeing you whether you are browsing for books, cards or gifts, coming to eat, meeting friends for a tea of coffee, or simply want to drop in for some company.

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Cornerstone Christian Centre
10 Savile Way
OX12 0PT

Tel: 01235 772280
Fax: 01235 772790

Open: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm
Closed: Sundays and Bank Holidays

The Wantage and Grove Foodbank is a practical, community based project, organised by local churches, which provides food parcels to those in our immediate area who find themselves temporarily in difficult circumstances.

The Foodbank is dependent upon donations of food and is staffed by church volunteers.

Food donations can be dropped off at: The Independant Advice Centre, The Kings Centre (Wantage) & Cornerstone Coffee Shop (Grove) or your local church.

All food needs to be tins or packets (no fresh items) with a reasonable shelf life (3-6months if possible). We are currently collecting the following food items:  tinned meat, tinned fish, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned or packet  puddings, pasta sauce, rice, cereal, jam, coffee, tea &  hot chocolate (made with water).

Referrals to the food bank are made by a number of agencies including the Butler Centre, the health centre, the independant advice centre and the Parish Centre (Grove). If you know of someone who is in need please get in touch with your local church or with one of the agencies above. The foodbank is intended as short term emergency help to tide people over in crisis not as a long term support. We also link with groups who can provide baby clothes and furniture.

A full list of items suitable for donation to the foodbank can be found here.

To find out more e-mail Helen Margetts or telephone 01235 766849.

Ten local churches, including Grove Free Evangelical Church set up Wantage and Grove Street Pastors in 2009. The first teams commissioned and on the streets in October of that year. Their patch consists of the small market town of Wantage and the largely residential village of Grove immediately to the north; so its quite different from a city initiative. The night life in Wantage centres around the Market Place where people of all ages gather on Friday nights from Grove and the surrounding villages. Many younger people are out in Grove and spend time in the Wantage Sweatbox Youth Centre.

Street Pastors teams are on the streets in Wantage every Friday night and an early team is building contact with younger people in Wantage and Grove. The street Pastors are working towards having teams out on Saturdays as well. That will take twelve teams of four trained Street Pastors, double the number they started with; and a similar number of Prayer/Support Volunteers. PSVs make up the base teams who see that while the Street Pastors are on the streets they have phone contact, prayers of whatever sort they need – and refreshments.

Listening, caring and helping is, of course, both rewarding and challenging in a personal sense, and the churches have found it inspiring to work together like this to bring the love of God to his people who typically don’t come from any of them.

For more information contact coordinator Nigel Watt on 07554655594 or administrator Margaret Monk on 07855052258 or email.

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We enjoy a good relationship with other churches in Wantage and Grove. Together with many of the churches we support the Wantage and Grove Foodbank and Street Pastors. The Cornerstone Coffee Shop in Grove is an initiative of us and Grove Methodist, Vale Elim and St John’s churches.