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Our vision is to create a network of Pakistanis united in Christ, focused on better quality of life, fellowship and religious freedom for Christians in Pakistan and the UK.

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Heaven isn’t closed and God isn’t self isolating!

Frightened people have been soul-searching and looking for answers to the threat of COVID-19 across the country.  However with Churches throughout Britain being asked not to hold services on Sunday, many citizens of the UK are left with the dilemma of not being able to go to the usual bastion of peace and hope that is a natural go to when seeking some divine inspiration. We spoke to several Pastors across the country to see what was on offer to their local communities and what help local churches were doing in response to COVID-19. Revd Paula Preston who is Acting Team Rector to he Parish of Chigwell and Chigwell Row and The Vale of R...

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Community togetherness can overcome COVID-19

British Pakistani Christian Association is collaborating with Chigwell Row Residents Association and Reverend Paula Preston of All Saints Church, Romford Road, Chigwell on a number of projects to help retain community identity and provide support whatever COVID-19 measures are introduced. The outer wall of All Saints Church has already been decorated with a number of prayers for the 'Chigwell Row community, written by the congregation of the church. Reverend Paula will today be adding further cloths pinned by a ribbon and is inviting people from the community to add their messages and prayers to the church wall for the duration of the cur...

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BACA achieve 5 star food hygiene rating for homeless feeding centre!

BACA are proud to annouce that they have attained a level 5 during our food safety inspection.  An achievemnet that many professional restaurants would no doubt be proud of and an indication of the level of care we have put into maintaining the best and safest of conditions for our regular weekly homeless feed.  We may not be cordon bleu chefs but we sure cook a healthy dish!!! Hannah Chowdhry and her close friend Claudia of Jewish origins have been volunteering at our homeless feeding centre with wonderful results.  Despite being in the midst of GCSE's Hannah has committed several hours a week to the BACA and helped document our cur...

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Finally a food bank in Ilford's most deprived ward

Hannah at a collection of food at Collier Row Tesco Metro The most deprived ward in Ilford finally has a foodbank for it's residents.  The food bank which is held at Clementswood Commmunity centre cam about by complete accident.  While applying for food share via Fareshare a charity that reallocates donated food from Tescos, Asda and Aldi to name but a few of their partners, for a homeless feeding centre, British Asian Christian Association soon realised that donations from Tescoes Collier Row  were so large they were surplus to requirements.  Dorah Mayah (Trustee for the BPCA) and Bronagh Rigney of Fareshare ...

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Three stabbings in Ilford leave local people soul searching

Image taken outside Seven Kings Station only hours after the attack. An attack by one group of young Sikh men on another in Ilford left 3 dead corpses and a frightened community in its aftermath, making national news. frightened people assumed it was a gang-related incident, but the reality of the attack is that it was an alcohol-fuelled personal grudge between two groups of people with a financial argument. Juliet Chowdhry, who delivers her youngest child to one of the local Christian schools in the area has been providing advice and counsel to some of the affected communities. In particular one of the families that Juliet has been helping ...

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One free tuition for talented student or one with recognised learning difficulty suffering financial hardship in Ilford

Partnering with a group called Private Tuition Specialists, British Asian Association is offering a free tuition place to one child at our community centre every Wednesday for a year. We will fully sponsor the child's training at the centre for a family with a proven level of financial hardship. The offer will be based on either proven learning excellence or a learning difficulty. Private Tuition Specialists provide English and maths tuition for KS1, KS2, KS3 and GCSE levels. They are passionate about providing tuition through bespoke teaching methodologies using specialist software, multi-sensory teaching strategies and structured pro...

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Homeless but not hopeless - our food centre is now reaching over 15 people!

15 homeless people joined our feeding centre on 6th February. Volunteers Juliet Chowdhry and Rajeshri Chouhan facing camera. Homeless people from across London are beginning to converge at Ilford at the BACA Feeding centre every Thursday, for food, prayer and TV! British Asian Christian Association has now been operating our homeless feeding centre since 23rd January 2020 and has seen a weekly increase in those attending after awareness of our gift has increased. The food centre however begun in a very unpleasant way when noone turned up at the inaugral event, even though we placed flyers across various feeding centres in Redbridge. After ...

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Teenagers celebrate 2020 at non-alcoholic teenage bar

Hannah Chowdhry and friend dancing at a 2020 celebration at the BACA Teenage Chill Out Lounge. Our teenage chill-out lounge is gaining popularity and at the last event over 20 teenagers enjoyed some fun and frolics in a supervised surrounding.  Our small hall has disco lights, a music box and even a new slush puppy machine which means revellers come to a place with an ambience of fun. Juliet Chowdhry, supervises the event with her daughter Hannah Chowdhry, who thought up the project and brought it to fruition.  Current visitors come from a range of diversities and we are seeing an increasing level of camaraderie amongst the...

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BACA to trial homeless feed at community centre with hope of future weekly provision

Image of some homeless people receiving prayer support, counselling and food at Redbridge Community Fayre, organised by BACA. For a while BACA have been planning to begin a regular feeding centre for the homeless of Ilford at our community centre. Plans have been thwarted due to a paucity of funds and suitable volunteers but we seem to have made some headway this year and are planning to begin the programme next Thursday. BACA first became aware of the major homelessness issue in Redbridge while organising the first Redbridge Easter Parade back in 2009.  While running the multi-church event in Ilford Town Centre we became acutely aware of...

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Community Christmas and New Years Eve Party chance to sow seeds of unity

A Community Christmas Party and New Years Eve Party was held for residents of Ilford close to our community centre, in order to dispel myths about Christianity and allow people to build new friendships while partaking in some traditional festivities. On 23rd of December we had a traditional Christmas meal not one that would usually be recognised in the UK where the western tradition of eating turkey and roast potatoes is prevalent.  BACA had decided that visitors would be treated to an Asian Christian meal of Chicken Biryani Rice, lamb curry and other Asian food.  The invitation was open to all the local community to attend and we were ha...

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