Grace Church serves our city in lots of ways. As individuals we might get a bit of shopping for a neighbour or walk our friend’s kids to school. Some of us work in public services like the NHS, schools and the City Council too. But, the bigger “joined up” ways that we serve the city as a church and charity are laid out beneath. Nearly 100% of the time given to these initiatives is from volunteers with the church family, as well as friends of the church.
We'd love to add to this page as we grow! Maybe you might be a key person to help us establish new ways of serving our city in the future?
GraceMoney is a money and debt advice centre run by Grace Church volunteers, trained and supported by Community Money Advice (CMA), and is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and AdviceUK.
The GraceMoney money team want to see people overcome their money problems and have a fresh start from a firm financial footing. The service is completely free and offers face-to-face, non-judgemental, professional money and debt support and advice in the heart of the community, to people from all walks of life.
Our volunteers can:
- help you manage your debts
- suggest ways of avoiding debt
- prepare an income and expenditure budget
- negotiate with creditors on your behalf
- refer and advise on other complementary services
If you would more information about GraceMoney or book an appointment with our volunteers, please call 07954332568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We run a food bank distribution centre in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent Food Bank, opening Wednesday evenings from 7 till 9 pm. “We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.”
Find our more about Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank, call 0808 208 2138 or visit their website by clicking the button below.
Kidzplay is a FREE "stay and play" session for parents, carers and children under 5 from all areas of the community. It runs every Monday morning during term time at our church venue between 9:30AM and 11:45AM.
Places are limited to the first 20 adults so please book in advance through the Facebook page.
Home for Good is a national charity that believes we all have a part to play to ensure that every child has the home and family they need. They work to mobilise the Church in the UK to respond to the needs of vulnerable children through families stepping forward to foster or adopt and churches wrapping around families with support, and to influence wider society through advocacy and engagement to create systemic change.
Some of the Grace Church family foster or support foster carers. Some have grown their individual families through adoption rather than having birth children too.
Home for Good have played a significant part in that journey. As a church, we’ve supported and hosted home for good events including an online information evening during lockdown in 2021. You can watch the event again over on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GraceChurchSOT/videos/477742896564707
We continue to do what we can to partner with, pray for and support Home for Good in their mission to find a home for every child that needs one by regularly raising the profile of fostering and adoption and what the Bible has to say about our responsibility to care for vulnerable children and welcome them into our families.
For even more information about Home for Good, fostering and adoption, click the button below to go to the Home for Good (Stoke Response) website.
Sanctus (St Marks) exists to welcome, support and walk alongside people who are isolated, due to leaving behind the country of their birth to seek sanctuary in the UK.
The support they offer includes food parcels, toiletries, baby clothes & equipment, emotional support, English and literacy skills, a weekly drop-in, support accessing a legal representative and support with finding safe accommodation.
Grace Church supports Sanctus by making up the parcels of baby clothes that they give out to those in need. We begin by collecting all the donations, we then sort, wash, iron and finally making up parcels of baby clothes and drop them back of at St Marks, so that they are ready to be given out to the families that Sanctus are supporting. We also collect nappies in sizes 4,5 and 6 and donate those to Sanctus.
All nappy donations are gratefully received and if you have any time to sort, wash and parcel clothes, then please us know.
For even more information click the button below to go to the Sanctus website.
GRACE CHURCH TAKES ITS SAFEGUARDING RESPONSIBILITIES SERIOUSLY. PLEASE READ MORE ABOUT OUR COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND ADULTS HERE.