Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-2:30pm; Saturday 10am-12pm Location: 1-3 Upminster Road South, Rainham Essex, RM13 9YS
The Ship Centre is part of the ministry of the Parish Church of Rainham with Wennington. It is situated in the village near the War memorial opposite Rainham Parish Church. It was opened by the then Bishop of Barking, the Rt. Revd. Roger Sainsbury on June 8th 1995 as a teashop with a view to extending the church into the community of Rainham. It was the brainchild of the Revd. Tom Lynds, and a number of others, to purchase the old Goodwin’s Hairdressers shop for this purpose. Grants and private donations from church members enables the work to go ahead with most of the work being tackled by men from the church itself.
That was over 20 years ago and from small beginning selling cakes and sandwiches the Ship has grown into an established restaurant, serving full home cooked meals.
The Treasure Chest at the front of the shop also supports this work with a good range of cards, books and small gifts which are worthy of attention.
Apart from the main function of serving meals The Ship has a small function room which is used for other activities e.g. private meetings, church meetings and also funeral parties to name a few.
Lots of prayer has gone into seeking God’s will for Rainham, as with all our ministries, and how he wants to use the ship, so we reopened in May 2015 after renovations, working with the community and the Rainham FoodBank. We go up to the FoodBank once a week which is in South St in the Mardyke Centre, where we are able to serve soup and meet the people and invite them to the ship. We only work on donations and gifts, and God has truly blessed it, we have our regular customers who come in for teas, snacks and meals, and the people who come from the FoodBank who we are able to serve hot meals to. There’s always a good atmosphere where we are able to be a listening ear and show God’s love.
At Christmas 2015, we were able to give lots of parcels out to people who were in need through the generosity of the people of Rainham, and we look forward to the coming year and how the Lord wants to use The Ship to bless His people.
Free Meals Served @ The Ship
We now have free meal tokens in The Ship.
If you or someone you know would benefit from a free meal, please come in and collect a token.