Jesus said, 'Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.' John 13.14
St. Elisabeth's church building sits at the heart of its community, and its church family have pledged to be at the physical and spiritual heart of their community too.
You will find us in the following places:
Harraby OpShop is just near the church on Central Avenue, amongst a row of shops. The OpShop is part of a Diocesan scheme. As well as providing cost effective support for much pressured family budgets by supplying a large range of recycled goods at minimal prices, Op Shops can also provide employment and the opportunity for service, a neutral, accessible venue for coffee and conversation and a place to meet a range of community needs.
Most recently the Christian charity Tearfund has partnered OpShops as a potential foundational project for its own national 'Discovery' initiative – designed to be a creative, biblically based process that envisions, equips, empowers and enables local church to reflect on what the Bible has to say about mission, and encourages and motivates Christian community engagement.
This is an exciting venture and many of the volunteers at Harraby Op Shop are from our church congregation, building links with their community.
Come along and share a cuppa with friendly folk. Individuals meet weekly on Tuesday mornings in church to chat over tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the atmosphere. There is no charge, just an optional donation box.
There are four schools in our parish – Newman Catholic School, Pennine Way Primary School, Inglewood Community Infant School and Inglewood Junior School. We work with children who attend all three schools and our vicar maintains regular links through assemblies, lessons and social events.
Pennine Lodge is situated opposite the church. Members of the congregation visit regularly and the vicar and others hold regular services in both homes. Residents are more than welcome to attend church and some come along on a regular basis with their carers.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
As a Fairtrade church we agree to:
- Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which we have responsibility
- Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
- Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible