We’re here to restore dignity and revive hope in the lives of local families and individuals in crisis
As part of Stour Valley Vineyard Church, Storehouse operates a foodbank, befriending centre and a bridge to get further help. It also provides a free three-week CAP Money course for those struggling to manage their finances.
If you have a need for an emergency food bag and urgent assistance or know someone who does, please ring 07973 710905 or drop us an email. Our team is ready to help.
Why we do what we do
Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, said that the poor will always be with us. But it is our response to those words which matters.
As Christians, we are encouraged to do all we can to reach out to our struggling neighbours. Our prayerful and active response is to serve local people in crisis with all we have: money, possessions, time and energy.
Storehouse is a 100% voluntary-run, social programme that aspires to care for a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
It is one practical response to a loving God who has given us so much through His son Jesus. We believe it does not only change the person receiving, but the person giving.
We are not here to judge a person, but to show merely kindness and mercy. After all, we have all done things we are not proud off and, more often than not, life is more complicated than that.
This is quite simply why Storehouse exists and, indeed, in many other Vineyards in the UK and Ireland.
History of Storehouse
Storehouse, itself, was the inspiration of the late Rev David Watson’s wife, Anne, who while pastoring a Vineyard church in York saw first-hand need to do something quick and practical to help those who had fallen through the cracks of State care. It has now been running in a large number of Vineyard churches in the UK for over 20 years.
We encourage all those who have made SVV their home to make their service to the poor a regular thing. We are also so grateful to friends of SVV who collect non-perishable food and tolietries on our behalf.
All service users are referred to us through trusted third parties such as local housing organisations, social services and other voluntary advisory bodies, including other local churches.
Emergency food bags for families and individuals in crisis
Practically, we encourage people to bring a couple of non-perishable food cans to their midweek HOME group or to the Sunday Service. We always have a table out.
A typical bag put together might include the following:
- Tinned meals
- Pasta and rice
- Tinned fruit and desserts
- Pot Noodles
- Packet soups
- A pack of tea bags or a jar of coffee
- UHT milk
- Toiletries like toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo
- Chocolate bars (everyone needs to be spoilt!)
For a copy of our detailed shopping list click here.
Storehouse Collection Points
If you do not attend the church, but would like to donate items, please take your donations along to one of them listed here. They’d love to see you.
CAP Money Course
This is a simple and effective money management course that helps you to get in control of your finances. Run by trained Money Coaches, it is a three-week course which is held in the community. The course is free of charge and includes a free money management pack.
To find our about the next course, please contact the team on 07583 467190 or email the team.
CAP Debt Counselling
Since its launch in 1996, Christians Against Poverty has been helping people out of debt by providing a professional and friendly debt counselling service. Those who do the CAP Money course and have debts that are out of control will be able to get more detailed debt help through CAP Direct,CAP’s phone-based debt counselling service. If you’re looking for help to be more in control of your finances, please phone the church office on 01787 377 670 and we’ll put you in touch with our CAP Money Course co-ordinator.
CAP Money is supported and overseen by Stour Valley Vineyard Church. For more information, visit: CAP. We also invite referrals from other local churches.
Storehouse Foodbank’s running costs, including staff and rent are fully paid for Stour Valley Vineyard Church. If you are able to give a one-off gift or set up a regular monthly gift to help us sustain its growth and ability to keep serving our community, we’d be very grateful. Thank you.