We believe it is essential for the church to be actively involved in supporting the practical, spiritual and emotional needs of the community. From Christmas hampers, to Easter outdoor services, we use the seasons to bless the community as much as we can.
A handful of the regular activities that we offer are noted below.
Every Wednesday, the Newcastle West End Foodbank runs from our life centre at 2-3:30pm. For more information go to https://newcastlewestend.foodbank.org.uk/about/
We also act as a Foodbank collection point.
Respond North East
The ‘Respond North East; Churches Bringing Hope Together’ project has been running full swing since the beginning of 2021. It is a collaboration between Heaton Baptist Church, Life Vineyard Church and City Church. The project aims to provide vital food support to folk in and around Newcastle City who have been in very difficult circumstances, particularly because of the pandemic. In the main, we receive referrals via Newcastle Council, directing us to the neediest people. The project relies heavily on charitable food donations and a team of volunteers who give up their time to deliver vital food supplies.
Thanks to the efforts of all involved the project as a whole has supported about 500 people with food supplies to date. This has been a great opportunity to show the Lord’s love to the community on the doorstep and work with folk from other fellowships. A special thanks goes out to the volunteers from HBC who stand by their WhatsApp every Tuesday and Thursday waiting to respond to requests.
Our parent and toddler groups aim to provide a safe environment for children to play and for the parents/carers to meet other parents/carers too. Groups run twice a week on a Monday and Tuesday from 9.30 to 11.30 and taster visits can be arranged. If you would like to volunteer to help out at Toddlers we are happy to consider applications.
On the second Thursday of each month we host a lunch-time meeting open to all Church members, attendees, and members of the local community. An opportunity to meet together to pray for the community, the world and the church.
Currently taking place on Zoom, to join us follow this link https://zoom.us/j/81366528600/ (Meeting ID: 571 871 793) - for the passcode please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each meeting is preceded by an opportunity to join in a short Communion service. The meeting starts with a finger buffet, followed by a guest speaker sharing on anything from art and history to science and niche interests! Arrive at 12.30 for communion and 1pm for the food!
Place of Welcome
Every two weeks, we run a free, drop-in cafe for anyone who wants to join us. This is open to anyone at all, and we provide free lunchtime meals, along with a listening ear. Practical support is available if needed for a whole range of services, too.
For the last 8 years we have supported a cross-church festival for the community. The bi-ennial heaton Festival has attracted upwards of 30000 people over the last 4 events and is a great opportunity for the churches to bless the local area.
Unfortunately due to coronavirus the main 2021 Heaton Festival has been deferred to 2022, check out www.heatonfestival.com to find out about the smaller events happening this year, the Mini Festival 2021!
Our aim is to help people whose second language is English, to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. We have a number of 10 week courses a year, meeting each Thursday from 4.30 to 6.30 pm in the Life Centre. The classes are completely free but do get in touch beforehand so that we can know who is coming! For more information contact the church office.
Heaton Community Network
Dave is currently Chair of the newly-formed Heaton Community Network, a group of local organisations and community leaders committed to serving Heaton and the East of Newcastle well.