The Rainbow’s End Op Shop was opened in 2003 with two clear purposes in mind. With declining membership and increasing costs to ministry need, it was envisage that the Op Shop will provide some of the financial backing needed for mission, whether for local congregation, important community causes or Presbytery wide missional initiatives.
Of equal, if not greater significance to financial benefit, is the hope that the Op Shop will become a place for real hospitality to take place. A place where ALL people, including members of the congregation, volunteers and the wider community are welcomed with open arms. A place where no one is excluded but are made to feel safe and welcomed. It is a place that offers more than goods for sale – they also offer hospitality, they build community and they practice social inclusion.
Community Projects and Connections
We are very grateful for the support we receive from the community in donations and volunteers. Without which we would not be able to support the many worthy causes in the community such as the Samaritan House, Cottage by the Sea, Kokoda Trail Youth Project, Anam Cara House, Unitingcare Geelong and the Leopold Primary school. In addition to a percentage of the monthly taking given back to the community, the staff and management committee continue to donate goods to individuals and families in the community that are struggling.