'Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.'
As a Church, we are passionate about sharing the good news of the Gospel with our local community. Guildford is a vibrant town with a deep need for the love of Jesus, and our calling as Christians is to meet this need wherever we can, by reaching out and inviting in all who are yet to experience this life in Christ.
Our ministry to the local community is carried out in a number of ways. Whilst the list below is not exhaustive, it outlines some of the areas that we as a Church seek to serve our town.
Care for Carers
An outreach to carers and the people they care for, consisting of lunch and entertainment while carers take a break if they wish.
Special Needs Outreach
A group that meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon for worship, Bible teaching, activities and tea.
A charity providing a free service which forms a bridge between those who want to give time, money, things and skills and those who are in need. It ensures what is given is used effectively. For more details, visit www.besom.com.
Healing Guildford is supported by a number of local churches. Volunteers engage passers‑by in conversation and are able to offer prayer for healing and wholeness in any area of life. Teams are available every Saturday afternoon 1.00–3.00pm on Guildford High Street under the Tunsgate arch. For more details, visit their website: www.healingguildford.org.uk.
Friends International resources the UK church to engage with and support the international student community and their families by sharing God’s love with them in words and actions, caring for them whatever their faith or background. To find out more about their ministry in Guildford, visit their website: www.friendsinternationalguildford.org.uk.
Guildford Street Angels
Street Angels are volunteers on the streets of Guildford every Friday and Saturday night meeting a wide variety of needs with friendship, care and love. Some of these needs result from intoxication, drug abuse, broken friendships and assault. Help is provided by chatting, listening and offering very practical assistance. Volunteers work with the police, door staff, paramedics and other (specialist) agencies to help bring peace to our town. For more information, please see www.gtcc.org.uk/street-angels.
Town Centre Chaplains
Town Centre Chaplains aim to bring a spiritual dimension to town centre life. With management agreement, these volunteers are available for people working in our town centre to support their emotional and spiritual well-being, accessing retail outlets, workplaces, businesses, and the leisure sector. For further details, see: www.gtcc.org.uk.
Christians Against Poverty
Christians Against Poverty are a national charity, working across the UK to lift people out of debt and poverty. They offer free debt counselling through a network of debt centres based in local churches, and they also run local CAP Money Courses so that anyone can receive life-changing help. To find out more about the Guildford CAP centre, follow this link: www.capuk.org.
Alpha is a course that creates a space for people to bring friends for a conversation about faith, life and God. At Millmead, we run the 11-week course for both English-speakers and Cantonese-speakers. Visit the Alpha website for more information, or take a look at our Alpha page for details of the next course.
We are all called to mission. Our families, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbours, our town and our nation are all a mission field.
Some of us are also called to full-time ministry overseas. Millmead supports a number of world partners involved in mission across the globe.