We are involved in our local community and the wider world in a variety of ways:
Kick London’s vision is to transform young people’s lives with God’s love, through sport and support. It began at HTR as a church-based charity with the aim of providing an alternative form of Sunday School to young people ‘where they are’ on a Sunday morning - on a football pitch. Since then it has blossomed into an independent charity. Kick uses the PE National Curriculum and Transformational Street Dance within schools as ways of engaging with young people, helping them to develop positive self-esteem, social responsibility, and life skills. These include the concepts of teamwork, leadership, self-control, making good choices, developing aspirations and respect. It also trains churches to run Kick Academies within their community which allows them to engage with local young people while also sharing the Gospel message and values-based teaching. Kick now works with over 8,000 young people every week to make a positive difference to their lives. You can find out more here.
Riverbank Trust’s vision is to see vulnerable families transformed by the love of Jesus, empowered by friendship and sharing community with others. It aims to equip the church community - both individually and corporately - to draw alongside families in need and walk alongside them, sharing God’s love with them through both practical support and caring friendship. Like Kick, it began as an HTR initiative but is now an independent charity with very close links to us. Riverbank now supports over 50 families in our community through school and church-based groups, one to one befriending and needs-based groups such as parenting programmes and support for families with children with special educational needs. Several of our church members are on Riverbank’s staff team and others are involved as volunteers. You can find out more here.
Several of our members serve as Street Pastors. Pioneered in London in 2003, Street Pastors offer reassurance, safety and support through listening, caring and helping, working together with other partners to make communities safer. Since then over 12,000 Street and Prayer Pastors have been trained, and play an active part in strengthening community life and working for safer streets, particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings. More than 300 towns and cities around the UK now have a Street Pastors team. Including Prayer Pastors, management teams and trustees, there are over 20,000 volunteers associated with the Street Pastors network. You can find out more here.
Every Sunday a network of local churches provides lunch for local people who are homeless or vulnerable. We host this Vineyard Lunch three times a year, welcoming and cooking for up to thirty guests.
We have strong links with Holy Trinity CE Primary School in Carrington Road in Richmond. Members of our Staff Team lead Collective Worship at the School each week, and we welcome the School to our church for Services and special events, particularly at Christmas and Easter. Several church members are school governors and others support children voluntarily by helping with activities like sewing and reading. Head Teacher Penny Cox is a member of our church, as are many families with children at the School. You can find out more about the School here.
Launched in 2007, Karis Kids brings hope to children orphaned by AIDS by strengthening the capacity of local families to care for them. Through Karis Kids, members of Holy Trinity support families in a slum area of Kampala, Uganda to enable them to care for orphaned children within their own families. We have developed relationships with our link families through mutual letter writing, visits and support. Through the charity families have access to healthcare, education, and other practical support. As a result of our involvement we have also developed strong links with one of their local churches, St. Peter’s, Wandegeya. You can find out more here.
Sarah Casson is a member of HTR who is serving God in Bunia, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sarah is working with SIL, a worldwide Christian organisation whose main purpose is to study, develop and document languages, especially those that are lesser-known, in order to expand linguistic knowledge, promote literacy and aid minority language development. She teaches Bible Translation at Shalom University and works directly on translating the Bible into local Congolese languages. Sarah joined the Eastern Congo Group of SIL in 2001, but was only able to move permanently to DRC in autumn 2009 because of the continuing instability there. In recent years she has been back in the UK studying for a PhD, and is currently discerning how God is leading her for the future.