Social needs during coronavirus

'The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."' (Matthew 25:40 - NIV)

A new section has been uploaded onto the Diocesan website called Social Needs. Archdeacon Missioner, the Venerable Barry Dugmore, introduces it:

In His earthly ministry, Jesus met the spiritual and social needs of those He met and encountered - He saved souls but He also fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, and healed the sick. Loving and serving those around us, whether they be our friends, our neighbours, or even our enemies, is part of our worship as followers of Christ. When we show love to one another, for example by meeting each other's social needs, we demonstrate our love for God and reflect His love for us.

This extraordinary time for the world is also an extraordinary opportunity for the Church to reveal the love of God in our communities. The following pages contain information on how churches and Christian organisations are working in diverse ways to alleviate the social impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in different parts of the Diocese of Coventry - in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire, South Warwickshire and rural communities, and in the city of Coventry.

These pages have three main objectives: to raise awareness of the ways the church is responding, to inform people about how they can volunteer in their own communities, and to signpost people in need to where they can find support.

Whatever situation you find yourself in, whether in a position to give or receive support, I pray that you will find these pages helpful and that God will bless you through the projects they contain.

Barry Dugmore, Archdeacon Missioner

First published on: 1st May 2020
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