Churches are already building Big Society, Christians tell PM
August 29, 2010 1 Comment
By Charlie Boyd
The Evangelical Alliance has told Prime Minister David Cameron of the efforts that thousands of churches are already making to help realise his vision of a Big Society.
A letter delivered by the Evangelical Alliance to the Prime Minister this week showcased the results of its Square Mile initiative to equip churches in supporting those who are struggling within their square mile radius.
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The letter was delivered together with a Square Mile DVD by Steve Clifford, head of the Evangelical Alliance, Tim Bissett, chief executive of the Church Urban Fund, Mandy Ogunmokun of the Transform Network of Churches, and Sarah Richards, director of The Gap Project run by Cornerstone Church in Swansea.
The Gap Project is one of the initiatives highlighted in Square Mile resources. The project enables young people to make a fresh start by helping them to find work. In the Square Mile DVD, one participant, Craig, tells of how he went from a life of truancy and anti-social behaviour to receiving qualifications and a new attitude to life by taking part in a nine-month course at The Gap.
“They saved me basically,” he says of the project.
Ogunmokun was a heroin addict before being helped to Christianity through a friend who had also been a drug addict before coming to the faith. She was able to overcome her addiction after becoming a Christian and now works for the charity Treasures out of Darkness, which runs half-way houses for vulnerable women. Read more: Christian Today