Social Transformation

We believe that God loves our communities, and has wonderful plans to breathe more of His life into them. So, we prayerfully and practically engage to see lives and spaces transformed in three key ways:

KINDNESS

In meeting people’s practical needs with compassion and provision.

BELIEF

By inviting people into a place of significance and belonging, with opportunities to meet their social, material, and spiritual needs.

HOPE

Through inspiring confidence for a future marked by worth, purpose, and resilience.

There’s great variety and creativity in how we do this, so we have loads of ways that you can get involved.


CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
We are excited by the opportunity to wonderfully bless those in need this Christmas.
We do this by creating ways for the wider community to engage with generosity and
compassion. This is a significant aspect of our transformation vision – to see the whole community rise and express generosity and compassion in their neighbourhoods.

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED

JIGSAW COLLECTIVE KINDNESS:
We are making up gift hampers for the families in need in Guildford and Woking, through our Jigsaw Project.  See below for a list of items to donate.
GIFTS FOR CARE LEAVERS:
We’re working with Surrey County Council’s team who look after young adults leaving the care system (fostering, etc) and find themselves alone and in need of extra support.  The SCC team is making up care hampers for the 40 young adults they’re working with. Please email to get a list of items for these hampers.
GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY:
We like to give all our guests at our Christmas Day Lunch a gift. If you’d like to donate, this can be a scarf, gloves, or a toiletry pack (£5-10 value).
JUST GIVING:
If you know of people who’d like to support events like the Christmas Coffee Morning or the Christmas Day Lunch, but will struggle to buy and deliver items, you can invite them to give money through our Just Giving campaign:
CHRISTMAS KINDNESS
Here is a list of all the things we’re looking to provide for Christmas Kindness.
WORKING WITH SCHOOLS, COMPANIES & ORGANISATIONS:
We’re working with schools, companies, and organisations who are engaging and donating to support these activities and gifts. If you’re linked to an organisation that would like to get involved, please ask them to contact us here.
For further information, questions or ways that you can get involved this Christmas Season get in touch: christmas@lighthousewoking.org

In Woking, we have a fantastic building called The Lighthouse, that hosts a wide range of projects including a food bank, creative art workshops, a children’s clothing & equipment bank, cooking classes, a job club, community lunches, confidence workshops for women, a social enterprise coffeehouse, refugee support, bible studies, bread-making classes, life coaching, and much more.

In Guildford, we are currently looking for premises to set up a Lighthouse, but we are already involved in lots of projects. These include supporting families in crisis, visiting the homeless hostel, providing activities and outings for families in need, running holiday clubs, hosting coffee drop-ins, and many others. We also work alongside other churches and organisations in the town visiting prisons and hospitals, running job clubs, providing debt support, offering life skills workshops and praying for people on the streets.

We’d love EVERYONE in the church to be part of seeing our communities transformed through kindness, belief, and hope. So, if you’d like to know more about any of these projects, or have ideas for something new, please email erik.jespersen@emmausrd.com or call the church office.


INTERESTED IN HELPING?

Are you interested in joining one of our social transformation teams? Send us your details using the form below and we will get in touch.

Community Outreach