At CNC we think that Christian mission has three strands: evangelism, social action and peace and justice. Evangelism has become something of a dirty word but we believe that encountering God in Jesus is a profoundly healing thing and flows out into care for others and the world.
Social action is about caring for people at their point of need. We care for people because they bear the image of God, whatever their race, religion, gender or sexuality. We care for people because a God of love has no favourites but his heart is for the poor and the powerless, so ours must be too.
If social action is about treating the symptoms of a broken world, then peace and justice is about challenging the underlying causes. For example, we support foodbanks because they care for people in need, but we also must challenge the systems that bring about that need.
At CNC we are currently engaged in the following:
We contribute to the CCP (County Community Projects) foodbank and their Christmas Hampers, as well as having members who volunteer for them.
We support Cheltenham Street Pastors and have several members who regularly volunteer with them.
We support the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line and have several families who host children each year.
We are a Fairtrade Church and encourage our members to engage in ethical trading.