‘A church is the only organisation that exists primarily for the benefit of its non-members.’
So said Archbishop William Temple, and we believe he was right. If we are not benefiting our community we are failing in the mission that Jesus himself modelled for us. Sure, Jesus had a gospel to declare, but he never limited himself to words; he got out there and helped the needy, healing the sick and supporting the weak. As Peter once put it, ‘Jesus of Nazareth…went about doing good’ (Acts 10:38). The community was a better place for Jesus having passed through, and we want that to be true of us.
‘The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’
You don’t have to look far in any community to find needs that Christians can start addressing: youngsters getting into trouble for lack of organised activities to channel their energies; elderly folk looking through their window at an overgrown garden they are too frail to tackle; homeless people sleeping rough; drug addicts committing crimes to fund their habit—and much more.
We at 5TCF can’t rise to every challenge. But we do look hard at what gifts and talents we have between us and consider how best to use them to improve life in our community. Click the buttons to see some of the projects already under way.