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.
During 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 information on for the local Food Pantry run by InterAct at the Meanwood Community Centre.
Free wifi, device charging, use of laptops.
Councillors hold a surgery on the first Thursday of the month.
The Café in open on Thursdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for Coffee, Cake, Toasted Teacakes, etc and Chat. All are welcome; pay what you can afford
Stainbeck’s outreach continues through our Community Café and through our Lunch Club . w 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.
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.