Serving the community
As individuals and as a church we do our best to follow Jesus' commandment to 'love your neighbour'. Besides supporting to two children's homes in Lesotho, as described on the Mission Project page, we have a number of regular activities that aim to serve our local community in Woodley and Stockport.
Together with friends from several neighbouring churches we run a café in our church building on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. (Opening times are on the Premises and Activities page.) The café is handy for visitors to the Woodley shopping precinct and the health centre next door to our church. The café serves hot and cold drinks and home-made cakes and offers a friendly environment for fellowship and refreshment.
We also run a busy Thrift Shop when the café is open. (Opening times are on the Premises and Activities page.) Goods are donated mainly by members of the congregation and there is a wide range of books, clothing, bric-à-brac and small items of furniture for sale. The shop is a well-used resource for our local community and saleable items are always welcome.
We have recently appointed a pastoral care worker, Sue Skidmore, whose role is to provide confidential one-to-one support through conversation and prayer. Even if you are not a member of the church, you are welcome to contact Sue on 07483 296 043 if you would like to talk with her.
We try to be generous with our resources and last year, as a church, we gave over £10,000 to charity: much of that came from the café and shop. We support several organisations that serve the local community, in particular The Wellspring, which is a charity in Stockport that helps people who are or might become homeless. It is open every day of the year and offers its clients a wide range of services, advice and practical assistance.