Our Outreach programmes (A-Z):
At Riverside we run an Alpha course, which helps you to know more about the Christian Faith in a relaxed atmosphere. We meet and share food together and listen about different elements to the Christian Faith with opportunities to ask questions and discus topics!
Restoration of Hope was founded in 2004 by Honda and Libby Nahimana. Libby is originally from Newhall, near Burton and moved to Burundi in response to a prompting from God. Their vision is to take young lads off the streets of Bujumbura, the capital city, and provide a home, education and community to enable them to thrive and grow socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
From small beginnings when 3 street boys followed Libby home and ended up sleeping in a shipping container in their garden, to currently supporting over one hundred children with a new start in life. Some are supported to live at home with their families, others live in one of the Hope Houses which the charity have established over the years. There are also 18 children who live in war torn Congo, just a few miles from the Burundi border, because of a partnership with a local church.
Riverside first became involved in 2012 when Phil, one of the Elders, took 4 teenage lads from the church for a ten day visit. The experience included spending time at both Hope Houses, in Bujumbura and Gitega, as well as at an orphanage where the lads ran a sports day for the children. Individuals have also sponsored education fees for children and young people on a one off or annual basis.
Libby and Honda, and their three children (Bethany, Abigail and Josiah) have visited Riverside on a number of occasions to speak when home for a break, and the congregation feel a real sense of connection to the family. If you want to get involved in supporting this work, then see one of the Elders who will be able to point you in the right direction. More information can be found at www.rofh.org.uk.
Burton Street Angels is a volunteer organisation that aims to provide a Christian presence in Burton by offering support and assistance to people using the town centre in the late evenings. Street Angels work in co-operation with the police and town centre management to support vulnerable people. The Street Teams consist of volunteers who believe that all people deserve care and love in their time of need, helping people whoever they are and whatever their situation, where they can.
Once a month at 8am on a Saturday morning we hold a Men’s meeting where we provide a Full English Breakfast. It’s an opportunity for the men of the Church, of all ages, to get together for a chat and get to know each other better and invite friends along.
We hope to encourage a support framework where all may benefit from prayer and each other’s life experiences. We aim to have a guest speaker each time who will talk for 20 minutes or so and we aim to finish around 9am.
The suggested minimum donation towards the cost of the breakfast is £3 per person.
On the first Saturday of every month at 9am, we meet for Women’s Breakfast (also known as Ladies’ Brunch), we do bacon and egg muffins, fruit, cereal and more. This also includes fellowship and catch up and currently, a short review of women in the bible. (Different one each month)
For three years we have been running CAP money courses at Riverside. It is a three session course run during weekday evenings and we provide Money Coach Support, online resources, a workbook, tea, coffee and gorgeous home made cakes.
Any information given is completely confidential between you and the money coaches. We will provide as little or as much support as you need, and aim to get all our money course attendees living within their means, dealing with debt and saving for future needs. All the money coaches are fully trained and use the CAP money system with their own finances.
There are many testimonies within and outside the church to the success of the CAP money system including one from Julie (name changed for confidentiality) who had never been to Riverside before. We also have links with CAP money plus who offer specific support for those in more serious debt, and also with the CAP Debt centre in Burton.
“I attended and I couldn’t believe how friendly everyone was, and how professional the course was – with coursework books, DVDs, demonstrations. I was so humbled too when prayers were said, and I left feeling more positive.”
“And, there was a further lifting of our debt burden when I contacted CAP money plus in my very next phone call. And they rest, they say is history. They didn’t judge us, they just wanted to help. That level of kindness was totally new to me.”
Daryl is chair of Burton Churches and through his meetings with other leaders we are able to work together with other churches on town wide outreach opportunities, like the Good Friday march and our Christmas shopping centre outreach.
Two years ago we were asked by Burton College to become chaplains to the college and now go in every Wednesday between 11.30-1.30pm. We man a table in the front reception area and have had the opportunity to talk to students about issues that they are facing and what the Christian faith means. We are assisted each week by a different member from four other churches in the town.
For adults, running 10am – 12 noon on the first Thursday of the month, starting in October. During each session, there will be time to learn a new craft, enjoy a coffee and chat, and bring your own craft work to complete. There will be a small charge of £2 per adult to cover the cost of the materials.
Riverside Church is the first go-to source for contributions when Burton YMCA Food Bank runs low on resources. Due to the generosity of so many of its members, Riverside Church is able to provide vital supplies of food at short notice for distribution to needy families and individuals in East Staffordshire on a regular basis. The church has also provided much-needed contributions to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Burton.
Hope on the Streets goes out into the Octagon Centre once a month to express the love of God in practical and creative ways. The bible verse ‘Freely you have received, so freely give.’ is the inspiration behind it. We know that God longs to bless our town and this is just one way the Church is doing that.
Some of our activities include giving away little hand-tied bouquets for Mother’s Day, giving away bread, fruit and vegetables for Harvest, making Fruit (of the spirit) kebabs, making tea light holders, singing Christmas carols, and giving away hot cross buns and free ice creams. We also have information which we hand out to people who may need our English lessons or the food bank etc.
Jelly Tots is a group for parents/carers and children of below school age. It takes place in the church building on a Tuesday morning from 9.30 until 11.30 during term time. During the session the children have the opportunity for free play, as well as taking part in a craft activity and listening to a story. Both children and adults are provided with a snack and a drink, all free of charge.
lifeROCK is a structured Bible teaching course to help you build your life on the rock of God’s word. The Christian Foundations course is made up of 33 sessions, with one two-hour session per month. Sessions will include interactive teaching and discussion.
We invite you to join our friendly new Lunch Club for the over 60’s, it is a great opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy a hot lunch served from 12am – 2pm. We meet on the second Friday of every month at Riverside Church, if you would like to join us please let us know in advance.
Holy Trinity: We believe that Christian outreach into schools is an important part in us being able to be a positive influence in the lives of young people. Both Daryl and Ruth are governors at the Holy Trinity as well as running fortnightly assemblies and weekly lunch clubs and a mentoring program.
De Ferrers: For the past three years we have been delighted to go into Deferrers Academy twice a year and talk about how as a church we try to put our faith into action, through our different mission activities, and what it means to be a Christian.