Compassion Ministries

We believe that care for the poor is part of what we are called to do as Christians. This is what fuels our compassion ministries.

"If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." Isaiah 58

Visit to Riverwalk School

Steph, our Compassion Co-ordinator, says:

"Julie, Miriam and I went to Riverwalk School a week ago and had a great time!  You could see the peace of God cover this lovely group of 6th form students during our time with them, especially when we sang!  Despite their disabilities they engaged really well with what we did which was to carry out a mini church service!

So we sang a few worship songs, had a mini sermon with an up to date acting out of the Good Samaritan and finished with prayer.

It was such a privilege to do."


Storehouse is our foodbank ministry which gives away food bags through agencies within Bury, to people who are living on the streets or are unable to provide enough food for themselves or their families. These food bags are offered completely free of charge and with a no-strings-attached policy, as this is the example that Jesus set. As well as emergency food, Storehouse provides toiletries and nappies for clients of our local Health and Social Care Services.

Food is donated by people who attend West Suffolk Vineyard and the Storehouse teams work on Sunday mornings and throughout the week to collect the food and put bags together. 

Storehouse relies on the donations of members of the Church to keep being able to give out food bags. Here are some things you could buy for Storehouse:

  • Tinned food - meat, vegetables, potatoes, desserts, soup, fish
  • Dried food - rice, pasta, dried packet meals, packet soups, pot noodles
  • Food in jars - pasta sauces
  • UHT milk
  • Tea bags in foil packs & small packets of sugar
  • Cereal packets that can be divided, eg Weetabix or variety packs
  • Biscuits, crisps
  • Toiletries - toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shower gel, soap

Two-cans will make a difference!


The kind of food that goes in a bag

Storehouse Stories

Please note that all names and places have been changed for confidentiality purposes

"During morning prayer today we gave out two bags to two single men that came knocking. Their names are Jack & Oliver. They were told of the proper protocol but were so happy and grateful they didn't have to go empty handed.

Yesterday a young man who was directed to us by a local church was looked after and allowed to shave in the men's toilet before going back to his home in Kings Lynn. He had come to let his parents know of their grand daughter's gruesome death in front a train when he learnt they've gone on holiday. We also gave him some biscuits and drink.

More and more people are opening up for prayer by suddenly sharing their challenges, usually they just come in and leave. We thank God for his mercies that are new every morning and also for showing it is possible for us as a group to seek him during the prayer week."

Christmas Hamper Giveaway

At the Vineyard, we believe Jesus' love is at the centre of Christmas, and every year we aim to extend this message of love to the community. One thing we love to do is our Christmas Hamper Giveaways. In December 2016, with a number of hampers made up and wrapped, a small group of people separated and drove around Bury, asking God to show them where to deliver the hamper. It's such a simple but generous way of expressing Jesus' love over this period, and there were some inspiring stories afterwards.

Mother and Baby Baskets

Our mother & baby basket ministry is an extension of Storehouse for pregnant mothers-to-be or mothers with newborn babies. With our gift baskets, we want to bless those new mums in the community who would appreciate a helping hand as they start off in caring for their new baby.

The baskets contain a number of practical and useful items for both mother and baby and we usually include some kind of toy.

Donations are always appreciated for the baby baskets:

  • Newborn nappies
  • Baby grows
  • Blankets
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby toiletries
  • Nice toys
  • Special outfit
  • Special things for mum

Helping Hands

Helping Hands provides practical help or furniture to people who need it, and is a great way to show compassion to people in our community. We receive requests from many local agencies (e.g. YMCA, CAB, Connexions), and from people in the church for their neighbours and friends. Some of the kinds of things we do are:

  • Providing furniture
  • Gardening
  • Decorating
  • Moving house
  • Transporting appliances