This week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is the Lamb of God Community in North Belfast. Their contribution describes their history and their activities with the local community.
Lamb of God Community & Shalom House
Contact – Liam Cluskey, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lamb of God Community was founded in 1977 as an interdenominational community of lay people committed to the work of renewal, peace and reconciliation within their own lives and relationships and to offer the fruit of this experience to their own churches and the wider community in which they live. To this end the Lamb of God Community calls its members individually and collectively to play a full part in the task of healing the wounds and divisions that exist between the denominational churches and to co-operate in any way possible with the many efforts being made to improve the quality of life in North Belfast. Over the past 36 years we have been actively involved in working with a large number of groups working for peace, bridge-building and reconciliation in many parts of Northern Ireland. In order to have a base to work in and from, the community purchased a centre, Shalom House in 1979. This was a small property located in Duncairn Gardens, an interface area of the city. After twelve years there was pressure to develop and expand our work and a larger house was purchased in 1990 at 12 Cliftonville Road, our current address.
Shalom House provides a variety of services to the people of this area and among these are:
- A Shared Space: rooms made available for local groups to come together in a safe environment.
- A Spiritual Programme to help those who desire to grow and mature in the Christian life. These include meditation, seminars, scripture studies, prayer ministry and prayer meetings. A Strong emphasis is put on ecumenical activities in this area.
- Personal Growth to help and encourage people into a greater awareness of their own dignity and potential as human beings. A number of courses and seminars are offered on a regular basis.
- Crèche Facilities are provided.
- Self Help Groups: the centre is made available where possible to help groups such as Al-Anon and other cross-community groups who from time to time need a meeting room.
- Staff: Shalom house has a regular staff of four, augmented by a number of volunteers to meet the varying demands.
Shalom is a place of welcome and hospitality situated in North Belfast. We are open to all regardless of religion, race, age, disability, gender and culture.
(Image from the 4 Corners Networking event by Patrick Sanders)