Over 1,000 churches have now signed up to the ecumenical project YourNeighbour.org, which has been set up in response to the coronavirus crisis.
YourNeighbour.org aims to support vulnerable and isolated people who are not able to access help in other ways. Anyone who contacts them by email or their helpline (0300 323 9952) will be connected with a local church, who can help with a phone call, shopping, picking up prescriptions, advice or pastoral support.
More than 40 denominations have joined the efforts according to YourNeighbour.org’s director, Dom Llewellyn. “We’ve been delighted at how the Church is showing that it is one in Christ in responding to the COVID-19 crisis… churches’ extensive work in demonstrating the gospel through providing vital food supplies or employment and debt advice, as well as having volunteers who are safe and well supported, is needed now more than any time this century. ”
“It is so inspiring to see the church across the nation standing up for such a time as this.”
Many of CTE’s Member Churches are already involved including the Baptist Union, Assemblies of God, Methodist Church, Salvation Army, and dioceses from both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.
YourNeighbour.org is an initiative of the Good Faith Foundation (GFF), a new charity seeking to combat social exclusion by bringing people together.
This letter comes to you from the Community Engagement Officer – Norwich District, James Marrison
I am writing to you at this difficult time as we are trying to find out what local Churches and faith groups are doing to support their communities. I know many will be involved in providing some vitally needed practical support to the vulnerable e.g. donating food, acting as food banks, delivering to those isolating etc. I am also aware that livestreams for Sunday services are taking place during this period of social distancing.
It is clear that Churches will be relied upon by many for both practical support and for help to combat loneliness and maintain their mental and emotional wellbeing. I have been tasked with collating what is being provided by Churches and faith groups across the county in order that these things can be promoted and those in need put in contact with the right people.
Could you please respond directly to me (James.Marrison@norfolk.pnn.police.uk) with any information you can provide around what is happening that would help us with this.
Many thanks, James
|James Marrison Community Engagement Officer – Norwich District
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