Strategically placed, in the heart of the local community, Stainbeck Church is in an ideal location to serve the local community. Over the years, since it opened in 1931, it has done this in many different ways according to circumstance and need.
Before the pandemic, one of our main outreaches into the community is through our Solutions which operates from our Community Café. Here members of the community find information and support on benefits, family issues, mental health concerns, finding work, and much more in a friendly, non-judgemental atmosphere, and also can obtain food vouchers for the local Food bank.
The Café was closed during lockdown and REOPENED on Thursday, 10th June, 10:30am to 12 noon for “Coffee, Cake, and Chat” with Covid-secure arrangements.
Stainbeck’s outreach continues through our Community Café and will resume through our Lunch Club when it can reopen. Much of the practical work is now co-ordinated by InterAct. For pastoral or other concerns, please contact the Minister or Church Secretaries via the Contact Us page.
Also on Thursday mornings 11:00 to noon, our virtual drop-in Coffee Mornings will continue for the immediate future using Stainbeck’s usual Zoom links: please click here.
Our Minister and our Community Worker both received Leeds City Council Awards in 2017 for this work, and InterAct received commendations for work in the pandemic.Leeds City Awards 2017
Support used to be available at the Community Dafé, on a drop-in basis, to anyone with Smart phone, tablet, laptop or Internet problems, and the WiFi at the Café id free:
The Lunch Club has run successfully for 40 years and continues to provide good food, friendship and support to many of our elderly neighbours. Sadly suspended during the pandemic. We hope to re-opem soon.
At the young end of the age-range, we support THRIVE and run Messy Church in conjunction with other local churches.
The Stainbeck Players had been part of Stainbeck Church since 1954, providing an annual pantomime and other productions, which also provided much outreach into the community. Regretfully it had to disband in 2016.
The world has changed since the early days and with it our own lives, needs, hopes and expectations. Technological advances have been unprecedented and we are faced with many new challenges. No longer are churches automatically at the centre of their community. It is, we are fond of saying, ‘a different world’ now.
In all this change, Stainbeck remains a Church ‘in the community’ and ‘for the community’.
We have never been a wealthy church but we do have valuable resources to share – an open and friendly welcome, a constant presence and a listening ear, and an accessible, safe and comfortable space.