Outreach is hugely important to All Saints. We are a vital part of the community – both in our immediate parish and further afield – and as such, are committed to initiating and joining in with activities and projects that seek to transform our community.
Engagement in the needs of society underpins who we are as a church. In these uncertain times, we are committed to supporting those in need and connecting with others – regardless of faith, nationality, gender or class – making them aware of All Saints as a church and how we can work together to combat loneliness and isolation, support the more vulnerable members of our society and create a happy and fulfilled social environment.
The Creating Connections Action Group spearheads this role at All Saints, forging links and working collaboratively with local businesses, schools, welfare organisations, healthcare professionals and residents. Our aim is to combat loneliness and social isolation and to promote All Saints as a welcoming, inclusive, Christian Community within the heart of the neighbourhood.
We regularly initiate events within church for the community, and get involved with existing events run by the local community.
A few examples of our community outreach:
Friends on Friday – our monthly dementia friendly Café, runs throughout the year on the second Friday of every month. It’s open to everyone, but particularly those suffering with dementia, their carers, friends and family
‘Let’s Talk About…’ – a regular series of talks & discussion concerning issues of immediate social concern. Past events have covered ‘Dementia’, ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Homelessness’
Support Groups – working in partnership with healthcare professionals, community bodies and other local churches, we host and run support groups concerned with a variety of issues such as mental health and bereavement support
Local Business Network – social gatherings of the local business community to promote collaborative ways of working and connections with fellow businesses
Annual Christmas Tree Festival – a wonderful way to raise money for charity and involve local residents, businesses and schools alike