Encouraging stories are coming through every day of how churches are loving and serving their communities during the ongoing crisis. In this blog, Andy Johnston from King’s Community Church shares how they are using what they have to make a difference:

 

The last few weeks have been momentous in the history of our country. Life looks very different from what it did a few weeks ago, but God is still on the throne and His grace is sufficient for us. As with many other churches across the world, we have been working to reshape how church operates in light of the changes we are all living with. Our priorities remain unchanged – we are a people who love God, love one another and love lost people. However, all of this will be expressed in very different ways over the next few months.

 

Along with moving services and groups online, we’ve felt a real call to use the resources of our physical buildings to make a difference. As a church we are partnering with Eastleigh Borough Council to make KCC a Community Hub to serve towns and villages across the area to provide essential food and medical supplies to people in crisis. We have given over our older building to SPCL (Southampton Primary Care Limited), a 24/7 provision to all doctors’ surgeries in the Southampton area who, under normal circumstances, rent offices from us. A member of our church helps to head up this work, having received a prophetic word a number of years ago to “lead the city”. This word is most definitely being fulfilled right now! We have also given our newer building over to the work of the Food Centre, which is currently extremely busy while they operate a “drive through” service. We are also looking to use the auditorium for blood donations as there is a shortage of blood supplies at present.

 

We were also blown away by the generosity shown in the giving to our new ‘Help Fund’ for those in the community and further afield who are facing financial crisis at this particular moment. Within a day, over £27000 had been given to support those in need right now, which is phenomenal in a time when so many are finding their finances squeezed.

 

Whatever the size of your church and whatever resources you have available to you, we each have a role to play in serving our communities in this unique moment. Never has Esther 4:14 been more pertinent for us as a nation: “You have come to your position for such a time as this”. May God bless us all as we step up to the challenges ahead of us.

By Andy Johnston

Andy Johnston

Andy oversees training for Catalyst, leads King’s Community Church Southampton, and holds a PhD in Church History from the University of Southampton. He is also the author of several books and academic articles on the Reformation, and is a big fan of Liverpool FC!