The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice. …
Some key questions to guide us
What are the key needs in our community and how are we responding to them?
Who is involved in service to the community through charities or community groups?
Are there opportunities for more of us to become involved?
Are we making the best use of our premises and our money for service to the community?
Are we wasting resources?
Are we spending our time and resources in ways which are consistent with our beliefs and values?
Looking back at 2016-2017
Loneliness is a key concern, and those who have shared in the Free Christmas Dinner in 2015 and 2016 were invited to come to Wednesday Lunch Club every other month for a further free meal in good company. This was further expanded into a monthly Sunday Lunch Bunch at the local Pub after morning service. A Meet and Eat leaflet has been produced to advertise other opportunities for people to meet over food , including regular Coffee Mornings, and a monthy Big Breakfast.
The provision of a bi-monthly Film Club provides an opportunity for people who don’t normally go to the cinema to get out and see a popular film. A final word highlights any Christian themes that have been raised by the film. Leisure/ games groups for both men and women provide further opportunities to meet others and make new friends.
The appointment of a further full time Families and Children’s Worker, and their support for Toddlers , Pre-School, Uniformed groups, youth clubs and Sunday children groups across two sites is part of our response to the pastoral needs of those with young children. A monthly gathering for young mums and carers called Coffee and Craft provides opportunities for them to mix and make new friends whilst being creative.
We support other charities in the area such as a local Food Bank and Hospice work at St Luke’s in Basildon
Areas that need to be addressed:
Do we share with one another our concerns about things which do not seem right, or cause trouble in our community, or appear unjust?
How do we challenge injustice in other parts of the world?
How does the life of our community, and our involvement in it, feature in the prayers of the church?
How do we give attention to the moral issues raised by daily work?