Downs Baptist Church runs a community greengrocer’s shop in Warren Road, Woodingdean. The idea that the shop could be run by Downs Baptist Church was first suggested in 1997, when the existing shop was facing closure.
Providing fruit and veg to the local community is only part of the reason we took the shop on. We really wanted to reach out to the community and provide people with somewhere they can visit and talk to caring people who will listen. It can sometimes be a bit daunting to go to a church where you don’t know anyone so by coming to the shop first, people can get to know us a little better before they even get to church. People are always given a warm welcome, both at the shop and on Sunday mornings.
The shop is run by Sue Foster the Shop Manager ably supported by volunteers from Downs Baptist Church. Any profit goes towards charities supporting relief and missionary work throughout the world and also on local projects.
Essential building repairs to rectify a serious water problem and a make-over to the shop area took place in September 2016.
The shop supplies an extensive range of Fair Trade goods and Health Food options, as well as bird seed, hay and other animal related products. A free local delivery service using the shop van is offered on Friday afternoons.
Since the shop has been open, it has raised over £80,000. The funds have helped support local youth activities and projects, as well as other projects in the UK, particularly locally based charities tackling social needs.
We are involved with two long-term overseas projects:
Dundori in Kenya, which we support with medical facilities and medicines, and the Brasov area of Romania for social needs and the purchase of land for the building of a church (see the “Mission” page for more details). We’ve also given to emergency relief funds through recognised agencies in times of earthquake, flood and famine.
Thank you for your support
Please support us in our outreach activities in Woodingdean. With your help we can do so much more to help people who are less advantaged than us. By buying some of your groceries at the Woodingdean grocery store each week, you are helping people all over the world. For deliveries, or to contact during opening hours telephone: 01273 300441
We would like to thank everyone who has supported the shop in its mission, and for continuing to make the work we do possible. Thank you!
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Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean for a decade, has left hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti in desperate need. The destruction and loss of life have been exacerbated by continuing bad weather limiting access and a fragile infrastructure still recovering from previous disasters.
BMS World Mission has been in touch with partners on the ground to find out the most helpful way they can respond to the hurricane, and the provision of cholera treatment was identified as one of the most urgent needs.