POTTER'S CHURCH COMPASSION - LOVING GOD,
SERVING OUR CITY
Compassion is at the heart of our church, Loving God and sharing that love with people in our city and beyond.
In Isaiah 58 God calls us to ‘break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts.’ He is interested in seeing us ‘sharing our food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.’ (MSG)
Here at Potter’s Church we give away 10% of our income to support people who are living to make this call into a reality.
INTERNATIONAL CHARITY - COMPASSION UK
This year we are committing to support a Child Survival Programme in Deberziet, Ethiopia. This programme aims to give children the best opportunities to survive and thrive. This is achieved by supporting the whole family, educating parents on basic reading and writing and maths skills, workshops on income generating, nutritional information and healthcare.
Alongside this a Potters Church team visited a few projects in Ethiopia in December 2015.
Over 100 Ethiopian children are sponsored by individual members of the church through Compassion. Many more from other countries are also sponsored.
COMPASSION IN OUR CITY STOKE ON TRENT
In 2016/17 we will be financially supporting the following local projects. Alongside this many of our members support these projects individually through giving up their time to volunteer and reach many people within our city:
RUFF & RUBY
Ruff & Ruby promotes positive self-esteem & aspirations through innovative & progressive programs & services – being a collaboration of social & emotional learning, life coaching, mentoring, creative arts, VIP ‘life lifts’ for young people in need, social enterprise & employment opportunities.
VOICE OF HOPE
Voice of Hope raises awareness of human trafficking locally, providing training events and presentations for schools & colleges. They also work with local partners to care for those that have been rescued from trafficking.
Sanctus St. Mark's is a support group for refugees and people who are seeking asylum in the UK. We aim to walk alongside people who find their way to us, from all around the world, in a non-judgemental and safe environment.
Reach – Salvation Army Hostel, Stoke
We are supporting our local hostel based in Stoke, Lifehouse by providing Bags of Love for the homeless of Stoke on Trent. Each new person receives a welcome pack with essential toiletries and tea/coffee/biscuits when they arrive. A team of volunteers also support the hostel providing prayer and friendship – this team is called REACH.
Restart provides support to ex-offenders who have been involved with the Criminal Justice System within the last two years; supported accommodation, helping individuals to achieve and maintain independent living; individually tailored training, volunteering and work placement opportunities; support to reconnect with family relationships whilst re-integrating into community life and partnership working to reduce homelessness and re-offending.
WALK project is a programme that supports ex-prisoners, or individuals who are at risk of being imprisoned, by providing Supported Housing, Mentoring Schemes and Christian Discipleship Programmes.
Stoke on Trent Foodbank
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.
“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”