Over eight years ago, in an attempt to live out Jesus' simple command to love our neighbour, we began to gather food and essential items to give away to whoever was in need in the local community. Today, FEED has become one of the county's largest food banks, giving out food to an average of 80 individuals/families a week.
How can I access the feed shop?
Just come along to the Vineyard on Mondays between 10am and 12pm noon. We'll be running a cafe where we'll be happy to serve you a free coffee and breakfast. If you can't make a Monday morning or have just missed one then please contact Heather.
HOW CAN I Help?
FEED couldn't happen without the generous spirit of support from local individuals, charities & businesses alike. There are lots of ways you can help. You can drop off food donations at the church (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Sun 9am-1pm) - just download a shopping list to find out what we need. You can give regularly to the Feed Fund which will help us maintain our resources and meet any deficit in the ever growing need. Or perhaps you're able to give a couple of hours one day to help collect donations from generous shoppers at a local supermarkets. Lots of schools support us by making their own collections - so much so that it's become somewhat of a competition to collect the most items each year! Perhaps you'd like to set up a corporate collection in your work place. You are also welcome to join the growing volunteer team who run FEED on a Monday morning. Find out more about any of these avenues by dropping FEED a line.
CAP DEBT ADVICE
Members of the team from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) visit our Care Centre every Monday morning providing free debt help. You may think the financial challenges you face are impossible to overcome, but there is hope - CAP can help you to find the best solution.
On the second Monday of the month, we have a local solicitor here who specialises in family and childcare related matters. Free legal advice in these areas is available to any guest visiting our Care Centre.
Every third Monday of the month we have someone who is able to offer advice on general issues you may have, signpost you to the correct organisation, help you make contact with them and guide you through their processes.
All of these services are available to guests by appointment, please contact the Care Centre Team for more information.
CAP LIFE SKILLS
The life skills course is a friendly group that gives people the confidence and decision making skills they need to survive life on a low income. Teaching people practical money saving techniques, such as cooking on a budget, living healthily on less, and making your money go further.
The next course starts on 17th September, 12pm to 2pm and runs for 6 weeks.
MONDAYS | 10AM-12PM
KIT aims to help families of young children who find themselves struggling financially, whether short or long term.
We primarily seeks to provide:
• Children’s clothes/shoes for ages 0-5
• School Uniform for ages 4-18
• Various equipment, e.g. Moses baskets, cots, pushchairs, travel systems, highchairs,
baby chairs and bouncers, feeding equipment and bottles, baby baths, potties
We make every effort to create a welcoming and friendly environment for parents and families. You can expected to be greeted with a coffee and some breakfast, and join a play session if you have young kids with you. Our team will do their best to source the clothes or equipment you need. We also have debt advisers and a family lawyer on hand to offer free advice to any client throughout the morning.
Outside agencies regularly refer families to KIT but you can approach us directly. Whether that's through our FEED food bank, our Vineyard church family or anyone that just needs a bit of extra support.
Want to help?
The new KIT ministry needs to build its team! So if you can offer practical help to wash, iron or sort clothes in the week, offer admin support or just be available to greet clients, get in touch with Heather Ryan on 01727 812765 or drop her an email.
Vineyard partners with the UK charity Make Lunch to provide FREE fresh and healthy lunches for children during the holidays. Make Lunch is for children who usually receive free school meals or families on a tight budget who would benefit from a hot meal.
Add in some games, crafts and activities and you've got a fun lunchtime for the whole family! If you or a family you know would like to join us then just sign up here, or drop us an email with any special dietary needs.
Wednesday 31st August
Over the years we've built up a great friendship with Bethesda Mission in India. Pastor G Samuel and his wife Laisha have established a wonderful Bethesda Orphanage in the Nilgiris Hills.
Around 100 children and 10 widows live at the Bethesda Home.
He has a huge heart for the children, all of who call him ‘Father’. Samuel was an orphan himself, and it's been his dream to share God’s love with children in the same predicament. Their video below tells the story beautifully.
On Sundays our Blend Coffee Bar gives all its profits to these orphanages. Apart from our substantial, on-going financial support, Vineyard regularly gathers teams to travel over there and serve, continuing to built relationships with the children and to unite with Pastor Samuel in the work that he is doing. Samuel also runs his own church and has planted many others.
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”
‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Jesus himself experienced first-hand what it is like to be a refugee. Homeless, hungry & helpless, refugees have left all their possessions, their home and culture behind them. Very often they find themselves unable to put down roots, unable to build a future for themselves or their family, and imprisoned by their situation. The Bible shows us again and again that God calls His people to feed the hungry, help the homeless, stand up for those who are vulnerable, and to love refugees.
There are more refugees today than after the Second World War. Vineyard are delighted to be working with the Refugee Council as they help to settle refugees in our county of Hertfordshire.