We've been working hard on how we as a church community can partner with Hope for Justice. It's taken a while for us to work out some next steps (sorry about that), but I think the way ahead is now a little bit clearer.
First of all we want to set up a Kerith "Act for Justice" group, which will meet once a month to pray, fundraise, campaign and raise awareness of the issue of trafficking in our local community. There will be a meeting for everyone who would be interested in being a part of this group on Monday 21st March at 8pm in The Kerith Centre. We'll be talking about the vision for the group, as well as hearing from somebody from another church who has been running a group for some time. There will be a sign up table on Sunday where you can register your interest, even if you can't make the meeting on Monday.
Secondly on the 16th July we're going to be hosting an event called The Stand, which will help raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and be a focal point for other churches who want to get involved. We'll need a load of volunteers to make that event happen, so this will be a great practical way for people to make a difference and show their support. We'll have more details on the event itself, and how you can volunteer, nearer the time.
I'm currently reading a book about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was martyred for his opposition to Hitler and the Nazi regime. One of the recurring themes in his writing is that we can't ever divorce our faith from making a practical difference in the world we live in. We want to be the sort of church he dreamt of and longed for - this is a great way to be a part of that.