Outreach

Serving the community

In these challenging times, outreach beyond the walls of our church building becomes more important than ever and the shape of what we do has changed beyond recognition. We are delighted to be working ever more closely with other churches and faith groups in our town, together with a growing range of statutory and voluntary agencies.

All of our outreach relies on a great deal of voluntary support and you would be most welcome to join us.
Foodbank at St Matthew’s

The Foodbank is at the heart of our outreach and this ever-growing work is run from the church itself. Currently we are helping up to 200 individuals each week who are living under food poverty, and from a humble beginning in 2012, when we operated from two small cupboards at the back of the church, this has become a project that defines us. It requires the dedication of over fifty volunteers – especially on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when we are in full swing. There are many ways in which you may be able to support this project, visit the Foodbank website for further information.

Renewed Hope

Renewed Hope is a project with which we are pleased to be in partnership.  With a concern for those who are homeless in our community, Renewed Hope offers daily drop in and hot meals at its premises in Shrewsbury Road. Our Church Hall had been the regular Sunday winter night shelter offering hot meals and accommodation during the winter months. With the onset of Covid, it has not been possible to offer overnight accommodation this year – but winter meals are available for those referred to us and this includes a hot meal and evening fellowship in the warm. We continue to be the Sunday evening venue for this and voluntary help is always needed.

Street Pastors

Redhill & Reigate Street Pastors had its original base in the coffee shop here at St Matthew’s. From here trained volunteers went out into the streets of our town at night to care for, listen to and help people of all ages. This work has widened considerably and volunteers are now present on the streets of Redhill, Reigate and Horley. Head over to their website to find out more about the continuing work and how you could get involved.

Welcare

Welcare has it’s Redhill base just around the corner from the church, where a whole range of family support is offered to those who need it. This well-established work has a strong Christian foundation to it and is at the heart of the community.

Stripey Stork

Stripey Stork is an independent charity with whom we have close links. They provide clothes and other resources for young families and we liaise closely with them and have been pleased to support them as a nominated charity in the past two years.

St Matthew’s Primary School

Links with local schools are key to our outreach and through the warm welcome we receive we have the chance to get to know many young people in our community. St Matthew’s Primary School has a church foundation and we lead weekly assemblies here as well as support the school in a variety of voluntary ways such as foundation Governors or hearing children read. The school comes to church frequently for special services and also as part of the curriculum, where our building and all we do in the community opens up many learning opportunities.

Wray Common School

Wray Common sits within our parish giving us strong links with many families and the team undertake regular assemblies. The school comes to St Matthew’s church for special festivals.