Local Ministry

Haven Project

This new joint venture offers light refreshments, laundry and shower facilities to rough sleepers in Whitstable.

For further information contact Revd. Martin Belgrove by email or at (01227) 276326


Currently, the Haven project has need of the following items:

Food tins with ring pulls

ladies and men's jeans, sizes 28—32

boxer shorts (small—large)

ladies pants (small—large)

ladies t- shirts

Items can be left at the church with an Elder.

Whitstable Beach Pastors

We engage with people on the streets to care for them, listen to them and help them. We work together with other partners in the night-time economy to make our community safer.


Whitstable Beach Pastors in the Guardian

Beach Pastors is the local name for Whitstable Street Pastors, under the umbrella of The Ascension Trust and supported through Churches Together in Whitstable.

Commissioned in 2012, Whitstable Beach Pastors offer support to Whitstable's evening time activities, both in the town centre, but also along the beach. We will patrol from 7pm to midnight (this matches the identified need after consultation with local Police and the local Community Safety Unit) in the main. However, as we are a seasonal location, we will also patrol on other key dates in Summer both during the day and the evening. One key factor in our project is the identified issue of young people drinking on the beaches at night and making themselves vulnerable.

Most recently we supported the Whitstable Oyster Festival which commenced the day after we were commissioned as Street Pastors.

When the pastors go out on a Friday evening they are supported by a prayer team who remain at the base (St John's Methodist Church), and offer encouragement through prayer, conversation, tea and biscuits. This prayer team is a vital part of the project and we are currently looking for new members of this team.

The commitment is generally one Friday evening a month from 7pm to midnight, (although it is accepted that some members of the group go home a bit earlier). This is a great opportunity to get involved and to meet other people in the Whitstable church community.

If you are interested, or would like to know more, please get in touch!

Canterbury Food Bank

We are a community project & charity providing emergency (three-day) food parcels to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across the Canterbury District (Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages).

We are a Christian-led project that brings together volunteers of all faiths and none to provide a vital service to people in short-term need.

Christians Against Poverty

We are passionate about releasing people from a life sentence of poverty, debt, unemployment and addiction. Working with the church we bring good news, hope and freedom to people in the UK.

CAP is based at Whitstable Harbour Street Christian Fellowship

Porchlight

We help people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; some people are homeless, others are struggling to cope with the pressures in their lives and need our support to keep on track.

Our Kent-wide charity helps vulnerable and isolated people get mental health, housing, education and employment support. We provide young people and adults with the advice, guidance and skills to live independently in the future, to play an active role in their local community and to fulfil their potential.

Epilepsy Society

Whitstable URC is also home to the Whitstable Epilepsy Society office.

Epilepsy Society is the UK’s leading provider of epilepsy services. Through our cutting edge research, awareness campaigns, information resources and expert care, we work for everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK.

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