While new lockdown rules have been put in place, there are still many people anxious and concerned about leaving their homes. Father Angus Richie, the Director of the Centre of Theology and TELCO Citizens leader, writes a step-by-step guide on how churches can keep the spirit of community organising alive during lockdown by practising attentive listening and action in their communities.
Community organising has had to adapt very quickly to the lockdown, and conversations in our churches indicate its continuing importance – particularly in:
- Rooting action in attentive listening to the different situations people are in
- Ensuring the inclusion of people who are not online – or who have less access too, and confidence with, the internet
- Reaching beyond the confines of those already in our congregations to engage with their practical, social and spiritual needs and gifts
- Rooting everything churches do in prayer and in their wider mission
The foundation for all organising is listening, and in this blog I want to explore how this can happen during lockdown - in churches and in other local institutions.Read more
Reverend Edd Stock is running the length of the London Marathon at home to raise money for struggling families during Covid-19.
As the Covid-19 lockdown continues, our faith, education and charity members are finding innovative ways to support their communities.
On 26 April, when the London Marathon was scheduled to take place, Reverend Edd Stock of Holy Trinity Church Sydenham and Forest Hill, a member of Lewisham Citizens, will still be running – at home. Raising money for people in need in his borough, Reverend Edd will run 26 miles on a treadmill in his vicarage living room, all while leading a live-streamed Sunday service.
Revd Edd said: “This is to raise urgent funds for us and Lewisham Citizens to support our neighbours who are struggling through this crisis. We have started by creating food parcels for local families we know are in need, but there is so much more we can be doing and it is only possible when we work together.”
The donations from Revd Edd’s marathon effort will go towards Lewisham Citizens’ Covid-19 Community Response Fund – which has already raised over £4,000.
And Revd Edd is just one of the many members of Citizens UK supporting their community during this crisis.
Here at Citizens UK, member organisations like Revd Edd’s are working to:
- Deliver emergency food parcels to families suddenly thrust into food insecurity
- Provide internet and equipment so children can learn and adults can participate in community while physically distancing
- Create a hardship fund for emergencies, as was done for a struggling parent at St Mary's Primary in Lewisham whose oven had broken
You can donate directly to our main Covid-19 fund here, which will provide emergency support to communities across the country affected by the pandemic.
Good luck to Revd Edd - we’ll be cheering for you!
Keep updated with how our members are responding to the Covid-19 crisis here.