Social Action

“Uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed” Psalm 82:3


We believe it is our responsibility as Jesus followers to care for those around us. At this particular time, as we face the Covid-19 crisis, there many opportunities to meet people’s needs.


Proverbs 14:31 says “When you’re kind to the poor you honour God” – what powerful words! 


Our values for social action at London Riverside Church are as follows:


  1. To practically share the love of Jesus to those in need

  2. To offer hope to those facing difficulties

  3. To show dignity to every person we come into contact with

  4. To provide or point people toward ongoing support and help


Store City

Store City is our food bank that is here to help people in our community who are in need. We take referrals from local agencies and try to do as much as we can to provide both the necessary food required and ongoing support for those facing difficulties especially at this time. 

If you would like to help us stock up Store City, click on one of the shopping lists below to see the items that we need.


Food can be dropped at these times: 

Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm

Tuesdays from 5.30-6.30pm

Thursdays from 5.30-6.30pm

Sundays from11am – 1pm


seasonal Hampers

How can I give? 

  1. Buy the items & drop to church (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5.30-6.30pm OR Sundays 9am-1pm to the Store City room)

  2. Pay £20 into the church bank account (account no: 10157749 sort code: 16-30-10     account name: London Riverside Church reference: Hampers)

How do I join the team? 

Sign up to volunteer helping with social action projects over the Christmas period by emailing here. We’ll then get back to you with when and how we need help!

Who are we giving to? 

  1. Anyone we have delivered food parcels to since the start of lock down. 

  2. People living in hostels over Christmas. 

  3. Our church neighbours

On Easter Sunday we gave 45 hampers out to elderly and vulnerable people in both our church and community. Here are a few pictures from this initiative:

This initiative is to support families who are particularly vulnerable at this time. In partnership with Tenacious Kidz, we are providing ”fun bags” to families who are living in hostels, facing grief, or experiencing other difficult circumstances. These fun bags are made up of craft, toys and games to suit the ages and genders of the children in each individual family.

Here is some feedback we got from agencies, schools and families:

From a Family

"Hello Abby, Thank you so much, my kids are so excited and happy.  I really appreciate it"

From a School

"Thank you so much London Riverside Church. God bless all."

From a Family

"Thank you very much for the supplies, that was very thoughtful of you all. They are very useful and my daughter loves every item in the gift pack. She says 'thanks ever so much'. God bless you all" 

Kids' fun bags


cap - life skills


CAP - Life Skills is a friendly group that gives people the confidence and decision making skills they need to survive life on a low income. We teach people practical money saving techniques, such as cooking on a budget, living healthily on less, and making your money go further. You are welcome to join our course that meets once a week for eight weeks. 

If you or someone you know would like to sign up for this course starting on Thursday 1st October, there are still places available.

Folding Clothes

baby bank


This is one of our social action projects that is there to help families in our community. 


You can help by donating baby/child clothes for newborn - age 6 that are of a good quality. Please bring them washed! 


You can also help by buying any of the following items:

  • Nappies

  • Wet wipes

  • Baby lotion

  • Nappy cream

  • Baby wash

  • Nappy sacks 

Or you can donate money towards this project (add the reference: ‘baby bank’) 

You can drop them off at church in the Store City room on a Saturday or Sunday between 12-1pm.



If you would like to help us by donating some money, here is how you can do that:

Account Name: London Riverside Church 

Sort code: 16 - 30 -10

Account Number: 10157749

Reference: Social Action 

Phone: Call 07506 288 886 and have your card ready. Remember to let the team know it is for Social Action



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