The Charity

The House of the Open Door has operated as a registered charity since 1997.  The Charity was founded to support the Christian activities of the community.

The Charity is now a Charitable  Incorporated Organisation (charity number 1183268) whose primary purpose is to advance the Christian faith for the public benefit in accordance with its statement of faith.  

The Charity’s Activities

The Retreat Centre, offering a place of rest and reflection, a meeting place for Christian and affiliated groups, and a facility for family holidays and days out.

The Discipleship Community for the discipling of young people in the Christian life.

Running summer activities for young adults associated with Discipleship Community

Our own Schools Ministry, working with mainly young people, using music and drama, in schools and conferences.

Prison visiting and taking services supporting prison chaplains

Help for those in need through prayer and one-to-ones

Support of individuals individuals coming out of difficult circumstances to begin an improved lifestyle through involvement with the community

The Samaritan’s Inn Fund, offering guest accommodation to those in need of immediate refuge.


Funds are raised by:

  • Community members’ contributions
  • Donations through our online donations page
  • A suggested contribution for those who use the Retreat Centre facility
  • Our Supporters Group, including benefactors who give on a regular basis, or for specific needs
  • Fund raising events


  • Archbishop Kevin McDonald
  • Rt. Rev John Went
  • Professor David, Lord Alton of Liverpool