Covid-19 Community Engagement Social Action

Act Justly, love mercy, walk humbly Micah: 6:8

In times of crisis the call goes out for our community to be there for each other and to work together to support the most vulnerable.   

One of the key messages of Hope is unity and over the past few weeks Christians have done a fantastic job in the thick of delivering Hope through our various and varied community responses;  as we consider the ‘new normal’ let’s continue this co-ordination between ourselves and other local agencies  so that no-one is abandoned in these challenging times or those to come, and 

  • share our skills and resources,
  • add our support to existing initiatives,
  • learn from each other so that we can spot the real gaps
  • be a blessing in our communities, for the common good.   

Successful community initiatives are growing around church hubs in individual churches or deaneries, working in partnership with other agencies, community providers and local people,  Here church Volunteers build the right environment for the community to experience what it means be a Christian, to receive and offer skills support and guidance and share in the life of the church.  This is at the heart of Community and is a place where everyone is welcome; both those giving and receiving in  Mission.

In the ‘new normal’ this may be a place where people can stay all day, where agencies deliver their support programmes  and meet clients, where Wifi is available for those who want to work or  learn and those with a passion for the common good can share skills such as Community Gardening, Healthy Walks and Cook and Eat on a budget.  This Community Lounge or Community Space will include the provision of Refreshments via Community Café or Places of Welcome etc.  This is a place where people grow, belong and are nurtured at the heart of the community. 

This is a time to think creatively. 

Guidance and Resources

The CESA team has produced some useful  resources:

Webinars

During the pandemic, the Community Engagement and Social Action Team has hosted a series of webinars to help inform churches about the ways they can support communities during Covid-19 and beyond. Please find recordings and materials here:

Community Hubs Webinar

Homelessness: A Call to Alms

 

Contact

If you would like to discuss, explore, share,  get help or be linked with any current or new CESA initiatives, please contact

Caroline Clarke - Community Engagement and Social Action Lead

Email: Caroline.Clarke@rochester.anglican.org
Phone: 07585 101606
Twitter:  @Communitycaro

Keith Berry - Community Engagement Adviser

Email: keith.berry@rochester.anglican.org
Phone: 07585 101624
Twitter: @community_keith




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