Saturday, January 31, 2009
There is a growing trend, it seems to me, to regard faith as a private matter, a way of finding a bit of peace in a busy world, of relaxing or of getting to know ourselves better. While these things aren't bad in themselves, they aren't true to the vision of Jesus or to the message of the Bible. Instead we are told that what God requires of us is to "do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God" Micah 6.8. There is never any shortage, of course, of opportunities to do all these things. To find out about some local initiatives to get alongside people in various forms of need in our own community you might like to download and read the newsletter of the Social Concern Group of Sevenoaks Churches Together. It has news of a new Contact centre where separated parents can meet with their children, a Debt Advice service, and a Befrienders scheme. All these initiatives would welcome your prayer, your financial support, and more volunteers. If you think you can help in anyway, you can find contact details on the newsletter.