Agora Community Trust
Agora was established by City Bible Church in 2008. It was our way of putting the call of Jesus to 'love your neighbour' into practice. In ancient Greece, the Agora was the central gathering point of the city. A noisy and colourful market, not only for trade, but also to catch up with family and friends. Located in the heart of Frankton Village, Agora provides such a gathering point. A popular Café, vibrant kid's playroom and multipurpose event space all join together to make Agora a valuable neighbour and contributor to Frankton Village and Hamilton City. Café Agora is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3pm.
Converse is our growing migrant community who meet upstairs at Agora on Wednesday nights each term to learn English and develop friendships. What began as an informal English class several years ago has grown into a multicultural community of migrants, former refugees and kiwis who not only gather each Wednesday for English lessons but regularly connect through seasonal events and experiences.
Loving our neighbor at CBC has moved beyond Hamilton to Asia. In 2009 we explored the possibility of partnering with the church in Thailand to share the love of Christ with those in need. As a result we now have partnered with the two villages (Kraw lor Bur and Kree mo Kee) in Northern Thailand and helped develop water and sanitation systems and established two preschools. Each year in February we join with 3 other NZ churches and send a team to visit and undertake a practical project in the villages. We have also partnered with Rahab Ministries, a prostitution rescue and rehab located in Patpong, Bangkok.