Positioning for connection with those in need. 

Position for connection 

How visible is your church in the community? And we don’t necessarily mean buildings. Is your church present in the local school or active in the community in some way? Are your events advertised well, or is your website easy to navigate? If you mention your church, are you known in your community? Is engagement accessible? Are you well set up for those with additional needs, those with English as a second language? How about those without a car or on low income?   

Be consistent and available.  

Connections are formed over time by being consistent – the same dog-walk, the same person doing the same food parcel drop off - familiar faces consistently over time build relationships.   

Be compassionate 

Compassion moved Jesus to action. Do you know the needs of your community? Why not do some listening by asking people who are integral to your area? Are you ready to include those who come who are different to the majority or who have differing or theological views, or none? 

Bridge the gap 

So often connection requires the first move. We can’t expect people to stumble across church-life and connect. Some may do this, many won’t.  Sometimes an individual’s default can be to ‘not be a bother’, don’t forget to keep connecting and keep inviting.  

‘So pleased that most of our Make Lunch familes came to the event, great to be building on these relationships. People were signposted to Make Lunch, wellbeing groups, Parent/toddler. All TLG families will be invited to our summer holiday meals and Sunday Cafe Church.’ - Newmarket Community Church.


We had 3 dads who came to our Fun Day who we have not related with before, and it was so good to build a relationship with them. One family brought their dad and 2 older children.’

Cleveleys Baptist Church.

This was such a great opportunity to link TLG with our local school and our church which meets in the school on a Sunday. Lots of families did not even know a church met there so it was great to chat to parents and give out flyers for our Sunday gatherings but also our holiday clubs and toddler groups as well as explain to parents the vision for TLG. We have spoken with the school about making this an annual event, they are keen. We are hoping to see some of these families come through to our holiday club in a few weeks’ time and then our toddler group when it restarts in September with a view to inviting them eventually on a Sunday or to other church/social activities.’

Restore Community Church.

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