Mission and Purpose

Background:

The Rainbow’s End Op Shop was opened in 2003 with two clear purposes in mind. As costs of vital ministry increase, the Op Shop provides 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 than financial benefit, the Op Shop has 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 made to feel safe and welcome; a place that offers more than goods for sale, it also offers hospitality, builds community and practices social inclusion.

Community Projects and Connections

The members of the church are very grateful for the support received from the community in donations and volunteer, without which it 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.