Community is one of the key principles of the Eden network. We’ve caught up with some of our teams from around the country to see how they have been building community and sharing the love of Jesus with their neighbours this Autumn season.
One of our Eden teams in London, East Finchley, ran a community event on the Strawberry Vale estate. For the team and their partner church, gathering together with the community is what church is all about. Out on the green, overlooked by surrounding flats and house, the team embraced all things Autumn and organised a great event with soup, hot dogs, a warm fire and lots of sparklers for the community to enjoy.
‘Encouraging people to come out and gather together is a great way to embrace the colder weather and darker nights. We saw about 100 people in total and it went really well! There were lots of good conversations and a real sense of community.’ – Jamie, Team Leader.
Further up the country in Sunderland, our Eden Southwick team have recently welcomed a group of gap year students from the Daniel Challenge to help them run events throughout the October half term. Along with Eden Southwick’s volunteer team, they ran a number of community events including a games night, a day-trip to Durham and a celebration evening. As well as this, the teams focussed on cleaning up and maintain the church building and garden.
‘We had people of different ages, backgrounds and languages all come together and it was amazing to see how quickly we all became a family on mission together. We are truly grateful for all who have been involved in making this week happen and for the memories and impact that has taken place!’ – James, Community Development Worker
In Sheffield, the Eden Fir Vale team spent the evening of Halloween handing out hot chocolate to over 200 trick or treaters and reminding them not to be scared because God is with them. As well as this, the team gave the children the opportunity to share their trick or treat sweets with the local foodbank.
‘We were so inspired by how generous they were and how willing they were to give what they had’ – Nikky, Team Leader.
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