Action is the expression of our faith in seeing the rule and reign of God impact people’s lives through justice, healing and compassion.
Anyone can join in and be involved in serving in our Centre each day, providing food, household items and DIY for Restore, in volunteering with one of our local associated ministries in the town and in taking part in work with partners in other parts of the world.
We have connections to many local community groups, and we get involved in supporting our community in many ways.
Healing Rooms a place where we ask God to bring physical healing to people. Anyone can come and use the healing rooms, with or without an appointment. You simply tell a trained member of our ministry team about your condition, and then you will be prayed for right there and then… and it’s free. We operate in the Brook Cafe 10.45am – 12.30pm alternate Thursdays
Fountains Counselling Service (formerly CCS) offers a confidential service to people seeking to work through difficulties by providing a caring relationship within agreed boundaries. The service is open to anyone, regardless of race, class, religion or gender, faith or no faith and is a voluntary organisation staffed by qualified counsellors who are members of local Christian churches.
The Youth Net is an interchurch organisation working in local high schools and with young people from across the churches in Stafford borough. The Youth Net emerged from Rising Brook and is now supported by churches of all denominations. ARC works in lessons and assemblies, and with lunch-time clubs; Focus Into The Mix is an interchurch youth event; Synergy is a year out project.
The Signpost Centre – a Rising Brook initiative – was set up in partnership with local government, health services and the police, to provide a wide range of services for the community on Highfields including support, advocacy, hospitality and companionship, including a community cafe with public access computers. You are sure of a warm friendly welcome at The Signpost Centre.
The Staffordshire branch of the Christian Motorcyclists Association meet at Rising Brook Centre on the 3rd Monday of every month. For more information visit the website www.bike.org.uk or email email@example.com.
Stafford Street Pastors are a group of volunteer Christians, who go out each Friday and Saturday night between 10:30pm and 4:00am around the nightlife areas in Stafford. Perhaps you have met them?
“We look out for everybody in Stafford and offer bottles of water, flip flops, a listening ear and a hug if required.” – Anne Glover, Team Leader
Our involvement in India stems from a concern for the Dalits (untouchables) – the 300 million who fall below the established social system and are regarded as less than human. We support the work of Good Shepherd Community Churches, particularly those in Maharashtra, and in a variety of empowering social and educational projects. We also support the work of Pratigya and its associated anti-trafficking centre in Hyderabad for those in, or at risk of, ritual slavery.
Pauline and Alexei are planting churches near St Petersburg in Russia. Their work includes running English classes and a pre-school in a number of neighbourhoods. Craig Picken, married to Anya, has recently joined the team from Rising Brook
Florin and Denise are planting a church in Iasi, Romania and developing youth work, leadership training and women’s ministry across churches in the region
Caroline works with SHARE Education Services helping expatriate families living in Europe, Russia, and Central Asia with their children’s education needs. Caroline herself has served in Central Asia and Russia and now travels extensively.
Ewen and Pippa are based in the Middle East working in education and the art world, and are developing friendships and connections between faith groups
Gerard and Chrissie lead Bless, a church planting and mission network based at Bethanie in Normandy. Bethanie serves as a centre of learning, a place of prayer and a sending base for mission. Churches in Livarot and Caen are being established as well as mission being inspired among young adults through through prayer, worship and creativity
Other friends and connections include:
Cherish Uganda, Development And Education In Central Asia, Hadath Baptist Church Beirut, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, IcFEM (East Africa), International Needs, ECM (Europe), Reach Across