Outreach


Our Aim - to have programmes that embody the Gospel beyond the bounds of St. David’s Church community.

These programmes are welcoming and inclusive, providing pastoral care and other opportunities for participants to involve themselves in parish activities if they wish.


Activities -



Lighthouse Playgroups
 
Two playgroups for children from birth to school-age and a parent or caregiver, meet each week during term-time in the Lighthouse at St David’s – enter from the carpark via the white gate.  The Playgroups have been accredited by the Ministry of Education.  A koha/donation is welcomed.
 
Doodlebugs   -  on Tuesdays, 9.00am until 11.30am.
Children enjoy inside and outside free-choice play. A morning tea of sandwiches and fruit is provided for the children. The session ends with a little music and movement.
 
Little Groovers  - on Thursdays, 9.30am to noon 
This group begins with music for 45 minutes, followed by morning tea and a play period.
 
Fusion Youth Group
Fusion meets on Friday nights at St David’s during school terms, between 7pm and 9.30pm and caters for youth from Intermediate years to high school. 
 
Family/All Age events 
From time to time events are held to engage all ages in fun activities. Check the “What’s On” page for details. 

Meeting Point
Meeting Point meets every Tuesday from 10am to noon, from late February through until mid-November. A gold coin is appreciated.
 
Budget Cooking -This programme includes two lots of four weekly sessions of free Budget Cooking classes where healthy, economical meals are demonstrated. Recipe sheets are supplied and participants have the chance to taste the dishes.

Other activities - When Cooking classes are not operating, all other Tuesdays provide opportunities to learn and share basic skills in sewing (with machines, fabric and sewing materials provided), craft, knitting, embroidery, crochet, card-making and Board Games. Learning to Paint is now available with an excellent tutor. Meeting Point provides a safe environment where women and men of all ages are welcomed and have an opportunity to meet new and old friends over morning tea and participate in different activities. ‘Doodlebugs’ playgroup is available for mothers to leave their young children while attending Meeting Point.
 
For information on Meeting Point, please contact the church office.
Phone 358 3246

FoodBank - St David’s supports the Methodist Social Services Foodbank  - A basket is provided at Sunday mornings services for food, personal hygiene and cleaning agent donations.

'Surviving Loss and Grief' -   up to twice a year, courses are held offering a safe space to explore grief and loss.

FoodBank - St David’s supports the Methodist Social Services Foodbank  - A basket is provided at Sunday mornings services for food, personal hygiene and cleaning agent donations.

Hospital Chaplaincy - an important mission that we support

Christian World Service - at Christmas our congregation supports the annual Christmas appeal.  This is a good time to raise awareness of those in need of the very basics of life.


There are many other activities organised by our committees and congregation stretching outwards to interface with the wider community, especially in times of crisis e.g. the knitting of tiny garments for premature babies. We can be confident that we are providing relevant programmes that are valued by the wider community.  Our volunteers are greatly enriched by their contribution.