Reaching out to our community
Our aim is to help members put Christian love into action in our local communities. We do this in a number of ways.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency UK
About ADRA UK
Launched over 100 years ago, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a humanitarian organisation which supports, rehabilitates and enhances the quality of life and well-being of communities and citizens in over 120 developing countries.
ADRA is changing the world through a range of programs and initiatives focused on: Health, education, livelihoods, and emergency response.
How you can support ADRA UK
We support ADRA UK’s annual appeal work by fundraising within the Croydon area. We encourage all our church members to be fully involved with the campaign and many of them collect door-to-door donations with our distinctive red canisters.
Over the past few years we have encouraged our volunteers to undertake sponsored activities, such as sponsored walks and cake sales which have been particularly popular with our youth and children. Look out for our annual fundraising events throughout April each year. Without these activities and the hard work of our volunteers, ADRA-UK would not be in a position to address the humanitarian issues of the world. You can also make a donation direct to ADRA UK.
Together we can make a difference in other people’s lives as the hands and feet of Jesus. If we have eyes to see and ears to hear then we can reach out and touch others’ lives for God’s kingdom.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:12, NIV)- 2 Corinthians 9:12, NIV
Croydon SDA Church encourages its members to share the love of Christ with the Croydon and wider London community through volunteering, evangelism, and ministry. We do this in a number of ways:
- Run a weekly Soup Kitchen on Tuesdays geared to support the less fortunate in our community
- Organise an Annual Dinner for the senior citizens in the church and community to bring people together
- Arrange day trips in the summer months to the sea side for socialising and getting to know each other
- Provide clothing, food and other supplies for the poor, needy, disadvantaged and elderly
- Hold fundraising events to help overseas missions and give relief to disaster zones.
Regardless of your interests, spiritual gifts or talents, there is a place for you. It is also our hope to revive a day centre previously run at Croydon SDA, so that by God’s grace we can put Christian love into action in the local community and follow the example of Jesus’ ministry by recognising the importance of meeting people’s practical and material needs before addressing their spiritual needs. If you’ll like to help, visit our volunteer page to find out how.
Our Prison Ministry Team have been visiting prisons in excess of 20 years. We’ve met people from all walks of life and their testimonies never cease to amaze us.
We worship with the inmates through songs, inspiration readings, testimonies, the Word and prayer. In ministering to the needs of these men we ourselves have been blessed by them and their testimonies.
At prisons such as The Verne a spirit-led relationship has blossomed over time which has enabled the team to hold joint services on the Sabbath with the inmates. We also have the opportunity to meet the men individually. Some just want to talk, others may request prayer or just need a word of encouragement. Prison Ministry is a powerful ministry that really makes a difference to the men and equally to us.