Charities and Mission
Here at HURC we are committed to sharing God's love with our wider community and world. We do this through service to our local community, links with schools and through charitable giving.
The church members elect three charities which they support for three years, giving each charity an equal percentage of the church's freewill offering for that year. For 2020, the charities are:
Shiloh is a Rotherham based charity that supports adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Founded in 1992, our dedicated team of staff and volunteers work with partners to provide a non-residential day service three days a week. We offer food, clothing, laundry, showers, training, mentoring and activities. We aim to support all of our guests to live a fulfilling and independent life.
ICC is a Christian charity working with disabled children and their families in China.
3. Rotherham Holiday Aid
Established 25 years ago, Rotherham Holiday Aid (RHA) is a local charity which began as a response to the devastating effect upon families of the dramatic rise in unemployment in Rotherham during the 1980’s. RHA works in association with the London-based Family Holiday Association (FHA) to enable families in the most disadvantaged circumstances to have a short holiday break. Most breaks are self-catering in a caravan park in the UK.
Well over 1500 disadvantaged Rotherham families have been helped in this way since RHA began its work. Although too often this is still because of unemployment, other families are supported where they are suffering the trauma of long-term illness, disability, bereavement or
the breakdown of a relationship. Most people who are helped have not had a holiday in the past four years and have not had the chance to spend time together away from the pressures and stress of everyday life. The need for this support has not diminished over the years and
in current circumstances is increasing. In 2014 alone some 89 families from throughout the Borough of Rotherham (almost 400 children, parents or carers) were able to have a RHA supported break.
RHA has no administration costs so all that is raised goes to support disadvantaged Rotherham children and their families. Rotherham holiday company Leger Travel generously provides printing services and postage. Our fund-raising events are underwritten by Rotherham
We also support:
Lighthouse Homes - providing a meal for the homeless at the Sunday Night Cafe along with other churches in the town. We also occasionally collect clothing and bedding for the Lighthouse.
Operation Christmas Child - every year we collect items for shoe boxes to be sent to children around the world who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.
Project Linus - knitting new home-made blankets and creating beautiful quilts for children who are sick, disabled, disadvantaged or distressed.
Rotherham Foodbank - collecting non-perishable food items throughout the year. We have a collection point in the church foyer.
Rotherham Hospice - our Minister and two of our elders are volunteer chaplains at the Hospice.