'Love your neighbour’
Jesus taught, through the story we know as The Good Samaritan, to care for everyone we encounter, including those who are strangers or are different. He spoke with, ate with and cared for those on the margins and taught us to do the same.
We can all respond by providing loving service to communities and to respond to those who are vulnerable.
It is also important to challenge unjust structures of society so that the world and local communities become more welcoming, accepting and healthier places. We can do this as individuals or collectively in our parishes.
The diocesan vision Transforming Church, Transforming Lives describes a healthy church as one in which lives are transformed and communities are enriched. It calls us to be the salt and the light in our communities; to cultivate community partnerships to create a safer, stronger, fairer, sustainable society.
How can parishes achieve this?
It may be structured projects and activities such as foodbanks, lunch clubs and drop in centres, the giving of debt advice, organising social activities and carrying out pastoral visits. For others, it is a listening ear, a cup of coffee or walking alongside someone in need. All are examples of loving service reflecting the image in which we are made.
We can help!
We have a range of expertise to support you and your parish. We can help you:
- Understand the role of your church in your neighbourhood
- Connect with your local community
- Explore social issues in your community training and workshops
- Plan and set up new initiatives
Talk to the Communities Engagement team to find out more.
Diocesan House, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3XG
Tel: 01483 790324