The URC in West Street is a town centre church in the middle of a very busy, diverse community. For many years it has regarded 'Outreach' as an important part of its work.
This work involves some of the church's membership working as volunteers for Maidenhead Care - an eccumenical good neighbour scheme and registered charity providing transport, visiting, shopping and befriending those in need. Others are involved in the Windsor and Maidenhead Christian Trust, the Maidenhead Child Contact Centre, Mencap, Christian Aid, Fairtrade, Tradecraft and Scouts.
The church also provides facilities for other organisations ie: Cruise, Alcoholics Anonymous, Alzheimers Carers, Phab (physically handicapped and able bodied), No 22 (youth counselling service). Also Operation Christmas Child when, in November each year the church is the collection centre for the shoe boxes which are sent to children in eastern countries for Christmas.
The Church has its own Youth Worker who is making contact with children outside the church by running three different groups on Friday evenings for different age groups. We also give financial support to the Recharge Cafe in the town, which offers help to young people and sing parents.
As with any outreach it is always important to identify the unmet needs, and research them thoroughly before taking any action, and the church is very concious about doing this. Its most recent project has been to provide, on Wednesdays, lunch and friendship for homeless people in the town.
Maidenhead Care is a good neighbour scheme established in 1985 under the umbrella of C.T.I.M. It addresses any unmet needs here in Maidenhead involving primarily transport (70% of its work) visiting the lonely, shopping with or for clients and a small amount of D.I.Y. work. It is accessed by telephone and a duty officer receives calls and deals with them from Monday to Friday. He/she will then find a volunteer from the database to fulfill the request. Maidenhead averages approx. 460 commitments per month or 5560 per year and has been described as a lifeline for many who would otherwise have great difficulty in eg: alttending hospital and doctors appointments or maintaining their independance in everyday living with shipping help. It is an entirely voluntary scheme and it's volunteers are drawn from the supporting churches and from the general public. For more information phone 01628 434567.
Alpha Course (Click the logo for information)
Alpha Course is a great way to meet new people in a relaxed and informal atmosphere to find out more about what the Bible has to say about life and the Christian faith. If you would like to take part in an Alpha course contact 01628 635781 or click on the logo above
As well as supporting outreach locally there are a number of outreach initiatives we support both nationally as well as internationally!