WHAT WE DO
Talking is no good without doing. We can’t help all the people, all the time, but each of us at 3 Rivers Vineyard Church, in our own way, is out there in our communities, being Jesus to the people we meet. Giving away the love we have experienced is an important part of being followers of Jesus. These are some of the ways we do that.
Cornwall Christmas Box
Every Christmas since 2002, we have collected Christmas dinner in a box, to be distributed via Social Services to families who would otherwise not have a Christmas meal to celebrate with. In 2014, we asked members of the public to help, and publicised the scheme on social media. That year we collected 202 boxes, helping in the region of 1,000 people have a better Christmas. In 2017, an astonishing 540+ boxes were donated, all across Cornwall, estimated to be worth over £16,000, benefitting the poorest and most disadvantaged people of our county.
Find out more: www.cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk
Healing on the streets
Praying, with anyone who needs it, on the streets of Truro on a Saturday morning. The most important thing is to convey to people that God loves them, and that may be all that a person needs. We will pray for physical healing and have seen many miracles, where God has touched people and their pain and symptoms have gone. This takes place on Pydar Street, Truro, outside the Library, between 11.30 am and 1.30pm. Several members of Three Rivers Vineyard are, or have been, part of the Healing on the Streets team, which is organised by members of several churches in Truro.
Find out more: www.cornwallhealingonthestreets.co.uk
Street pastors are teams of trained volunteers from local churches, who go out on the streets of the city in a Saturday night, to befriend, and support people who are out and about. We help people in distress, and work closely with the police and statutory services to provide support and help where needed. This takes place from 10.30pm on Saturday to 4am on Sunday morning, and the team out on the streets is supported by a prayer team. Several members of Three Rivers Vineyard are, or have been, part of the Street Pastors team and prayer team.
Find out more: www.streetpastors.org
For over a decade we have been working with homeless people on the streets of Truro. To start with, one night a week, we collected and heated up donated pasties, to hand out from a shop car park, but that has grown, and now includes volunteers from other churches (and no church,) giving out cooked dinners from St Petroc’s Society’s building, 4 nights a week, plus afternoon tea on Sundays. We beleive that this is part of Jesus' teaching to feed the poor and hungry.
Find out more: www.stpetrocs.org.uk
Eldoret is the fifth largest town in Kenya, in an area where much support is needed, and many people lack access to education, healthcare, clean drinking water and food. Jane (one of our members) visited Kenya in 2007, and Touch Eldoret has grown out of her passion to help the people there, bringing hope. With fundraising activities here in the UK, and trips to help out, Touch Eldoret has been supporting the building of a Community Centre and church, including a community water tank to capture water from the seasonal rains. The community centre will host health clinics, business development support for local micro businesses, training and counselling, as well as hosting the church meeting and other local events. Touch Eldoret is a registered charity, that is supported by Three Rivers Vineyard.
Find out more: www.toucheldoret.org
Take a Break café
A couple of our church members live on the popular Devoran to Portreath cycle route, and have started a monthly café in a church hall near their home, to cater to walkers and cyclists, and also villagers, during the summer months. Other church members support with cake and serving drinks, and are available to chat and pray with customers. Cakes and drinks are free, with donations taken towards various charities during the year. This happens on the first Saturday of each month from April to October, between 11 and 3, at Twelveheads school room, behind the chapel.