Achor Community

Achor Community

“I will make the Valley of Achor a Door of Hope” Hosea 2.15

The Achor Community

Achor was established in the summer of 2013, and is a network of committed volunteers from the King’s Church Durham congregation who live and/or volunteer in a specific geographical area of Durham. We are currently focusing our activity in the Pelaw View area of Gilesgate.

The Achor Community are aiming to make a contribution to Christian mission by being a positive social influence in the area, contributing towards community cohesion and building a flourishing community. By providing places for people to live on the ground in the Pelaw View area, we are creating opportunities to better identify and engage local needs in order to provide better continuity and focus resources more effectively.

Achor aims to:

  • Establish intentional Christian community
  • Serve the people of the Pelaw View area
  • Model missional Christian community

At the heart of the project is intentional Christian community, focussing on the importance of living and sharing life together, coupled with sharing God’s love in practical ways with the local community.

Community Outreach

The Achor Community are involved in a variety of different community outreach activities in the Pelaw View area, and we are expecting these to grow and develop as we identify local needs and build relationships in the community. Examples of activities they are currently involved with include:

  • Garden projects for people who are unable to keep on top of their garden
  • Visiting elderly and isolated members of the community, and assisting them with day-to-day chores e.g. shopping
  • Family activities, including termly family fun days and Christmas events
  • Detached youth work with Durham YFC
  • Running a twice-termly Pie and Pea Supper and Quiz Night
  • Inviting neighbours for meals

Building Intentional Community

The Achor Community have a regular ‘rhythm of life’ which they have developed and follow together. This includes a commitment to:

  • Praying together regularly
  • Sharing a meal together regularly
  • Giving a certain number of hours a week to activities in the local community, variable depending on individual circumstances
  • Giving a proportion of their income for rent and the running costs of activities
  • Discipline of personal prayer and study

They are joined in their regular prayer times by other members of the church community; if you’d like to come along then please get in touch to find out when they’re meeting.

How You Can Get Involved

There are many different ways that people from the congregation can get involved in the Achor Community, including praying and giving financially. There are 2 types of Achor Volunteer:

  • Achor Volunteer - live in the Pelaw View area and commit fully to the Community
  • Achor Associate - don’t live in the Pelaw View area, but volunteer some of their time in the area

We are looking for new Achor Volunteers from Summer 2014, when some of our existing Volunteers will be moving on - we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in moving into the area and becoming part of the Achor Community, or would like to find out more about what it would involve.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Achor Project or how you can get involved, please speak to Becca Kay or contact us.

Achor Prayer

Join us for Achor Prayer:

Mondays, 9.30-9.45pm @ Habgood Drive
Thursdays, 7.45-8am @ Cuthbert Close and Ash Avenue
Fridays, 7.45-8am @ Laurel Avenue

All last approx. 15 minutes. 






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