As a church we are involved in a wide range of activities where we show our concern for God’s world and seek to show His love for people. Some of the areas we are involved in are local, some are national and some international. In a number of these our members are fully involved on a daily basis and in other practical ways. In other areas we raise funds to support various charities through giving, fund raising events and through the regular coffee mornings we hold through the week.
Our church buildings being in the heart of Harrow town and a short walk from the main transport hub means our rooms are ideal to be used for charities and self-help groups. We host such groups as Alcoholics Anonymous or groups for those with mental health or with learning difficulties.
Below is a small selection of areas we are involved with. Follow the links if you are interested in learning more about any of these organisations
Baptist World Mission Serving in over 30 countries on four continents bringing economic development, education, health, alleviating suffering, poverty and injustice in the world and bringing the message of Christ.
Baptist World Mission Birthday Scheme supports the health work of the BWM and partner organisations across the world. Their health work covers not only the medical work carried out by doctors, dentists, nurses . but also includes work directed at disease prevention and the promotion of positive health. Construction workers, engineers, community workers and many others are involved in projects that will have a direct impact on raising health standards in entire communities. Each year on their birthday members receive a birthday card, together with a gift envelope for their donation.
Baptist Home Mission enables Baptist churches and individuals to bring the love of God to the communities they serve and reach out to new areas and people. Money is raised by churches and used to provide grants for various projects such as “Church Planting” and local church support or to make fund available for mission projects. As well as regional work, Home Mission is active in nationwide activities such as engaging with Government, legal concerns and speaking out on matters of faith and national initiatives.
Mission and Development
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. There are over 1.4 million farmers and workers in 1,140 producer organisations across the Fairtrade system. Fairtrade supports small scale farmers and workers who are marginalised from trade in a variety of ways. Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices when shopping.
The producers receive an additional premium, an extra amount of money to invest in their communities on economic, social or environmental projects. How it is spent is voted on democratically by farmers or workers.
We are a Fairtrade Church and so we have committed to:
1. Use Fairtrade tea and coffee for all meetings for which we have responsibility.
2. Move forward on using other Fairtrade products (such as sugar, biscuits, fruit).
3. Promote Fairtrade Fortnight – and through other activities whenever possible.
Traidcraft brings the best of fair trade, runs life-changing development projects and campaigns hard to bring about trade justice. Long before we were recognised as a Fairtrade Church, we started to support Traidcraft back in the early 90’s. Since then, a stall has been set up occasionally on Sundays and Coffee Mornings.
Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 41 British and Irish churches and works to support sustainable development, stop poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Christian Aid campaigns to change the rules and systems that keep people poor, speaking out on issues such as tax justice, trade justice, climate change, and Third World debt. Christian Aid has fought poverty for more than 65 years.
Christian Aid's key belief is summed up in the statement "We believe in life before death",
Embrace the Middle East tackles poverty and injustice and focuses on three main issues: education, health and community development. Help is given by sponsoring children in their various projects.
Tearfund is committed to following Jesus where the need is greatest. God has called Christians to serve those living in poverty, regardless of race, gender, nationality or religious belief. The gospel has the power to transform lives and heal communities and this truth is seen in Tearfund’s work every day. Tearfund is recognised for its expertise in relief, development and advocacy.
Interserve is an international, non-denominational Christian mission organisation which has been serving across South Asia and the Arab world for 160 years
St Luke’s Hospice is our local hospice and cares for people whose illnesses are no longer curable, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life.
Harrow Christmas Care raises funds to provide gifts and food for needy families at Christmas.
Firm foundation helps relieve the immediate suffering of the homeless, while working with them to find a practical and sustainable solution to their needs. The charity aims to demonstrate God’s love for humanity in a practical, Christian way to those who are homeless, vulnerably housed or at risk of becoming homeless. Firm Foundation was birthed through a collection of Churches in Harrow who wanted to make a difference.
Street Pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They are usually on patrol from 10 pm - 4am. on a Friday or Saturday night to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets. They are led by a local coordinator and have support from local churches and community groups in partnership with the police, local council and other statutory agencies.
Harrow Churches Housing Association is a small and growing housing association serving vulnerable people in the London boroughs of Harrow, Hounslow and Hillingdon. They provide affordable housing and support that gives people a better quality of life. It was set up in 1964 by active members of the local church community concerned about the living conditions of elderly people renting privately in Harrow. The spirit of helping those less fortunate than ourselves, regardless of their race, religion or background, continues to motivate the staff and the board of volunteers
Over the past 50 years the housing services have grown to include clients who may be: elderly, young, have a physical disability, or be living with a long term illness. All of the residents are vulnerable people who, with a little support can lead independent and fulfilling lives.
click here to read an article about our church’s role in the Housing Association
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem Mind campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Mencap works with and represents people with learning disabilities and their families and carers to ensure their needs, rights and aspirations are met. Harrow Mencap organises a wide range of activities and educational opportunities for local residents.
Our Pop Up Mencap shop
Mustard Seed Games produce a range of Bible games and linked resources suitable for all ages. The games and resources are also useful for those with little experience of church, for those with English as an additional language or who have learning difficulties.
Founded by two of our church members