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Church in Society - Faith in Action

Matthew 25. v 34-36

‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

God requires every Christian to express their faith in the way they live. In practice this means showing compassion and love to everyone, and that means especially for the neediest and most vulnerable in society. That is what Church in Society is about.

In essence the task is to identify relevant areas of social concern and need and to form and operate strategies to enable the diocese at every level to seek to meet those needs through community engagement, environmental responsibility, and the development of inclusivity. 

The resources and links you will find here are just a selection of material that can help us to reflect upon the issues and form a strategy of approach. All must be done under an umbrella of prayer and an understanding that we follow in the way of the Cross.

Community Engagement
This covers such areas as poverty and homelessness, old age and health, Social Justice. It is important for our churches to be looking out into the communities around them, be it urban or rural, seeking to identify the needs. Through partnership with other churches and agencies, appropriately funded, a strategy of support can be put in place that makes a difference to people’s lives and makes a statement about how Christ’s love is at work in the lives of Christians in the Church.

There are many things in life which separate people from one another and it is the Church’s role to break down those barriers as by his death on the cross Christ broke down the ultimate barrier between us and God. No one should be excluded from enjoying all that the Church has to offer because of any disability, race or gender or sexuality related issue.