Each month the church holds a retiring collection in aid of charity. We support local, national and international charities.
The following are some of the charities we support on a regular basis.
‘Embrace the Middle East’ aims to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Middle East. They do this by partnering with local Christians who provide health, education and community development programmes to those in need, regardless of their faith or nationality.
Is a small UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa. Their approach to development is to focus on the artisan sector in rural communities. There is a small number of staff and hundreds of volunteers who help to collect and refurbish tools, and who actively campaign against the causes of poverty.
Is a Charity providing a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for this County. Accidents & illnesses happen and when they do, patients can be airlifted to the most appropriate hospital quickly, maximising the aircrafts unique advantage of speed and versatility when minutes can make all the difference between life and death.
Is an organisation that insists the world can and must be changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. It strives to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. The church organises the local house to house collection and various fund-raising events.
Homewood Road URC supports the ‘Feed Project’ by keeping a food bank collection box in the Church Foyer for church members and visitors to make donations which are taken regularly to the Vineyard Church.
Five years ago the Vineyard began to gather food and essential items to give away to wherever it was needed in the local community, in an attempt to live out Jesus' command to love our neighbour. Today, FEED has become one of the county's largest food banks, giving out around 120 bags of food a week.
Charaties and Outreach
Rennie Grove Hospice Care
This charity provides care and support for adults and children in Herts and Bucks who have been diagnosed with life-limiting illness. Through its 24/7 hospice at home service and a range of day services it is possible for patients to choose how and where they want to be cared for towards the end of life. The support provided for families both during the illness and after bereavement is an integral part its care service.
St Albans and Harpenden Christian Education Project (STEP)
The St Albans and Harpenden Christian Education Project is a charity made up of a core staff team and volunteers from numerous local churches. It works in secondary schools in a number of ways such as lessons, assemblies, supporting Christian Unions, running social action projects, delivering courses, mentoring and much more.