There are quite a lot of people who seem to have a pretty negative view of the church at the moment, and I don’t mean those outside of the church family. Many Christians seem to be wondering what the point of the church is, anymore. As part of a week of teaching at the Spring Harvest festival I tried to express some of the great things the church has done and is doing in the UK at the moment…. This was a “call and response” part of my sermon – I asked the questions and the audience replied “No its the church actually!”
Do you know who provides half of the parent and toddler support groups in the UK. Is it Surestart? No, it’s the church actually.
Do you know who provide the biggest network of debt couselling across the UK with 190 drop-in centres? Helping over 19 141 individuals last year alone? Is it Martin “Moneysavingexpert” Lewis? No it’s the church actually.
Who is it that donated 72 million hours of volunteer work to social initiatives last year estimating a contribution of 1.5 billion pounds a year? Was it the National Trust? No it was the church actually.
Do you know who will feed 100 000 hungry people this year in the UK is it the Redcross, no it’s the church actually!
Do you know who brought hospitals, schools, universities and democracy into our country? Was it the Vikings? No, it was the church actually!
Who invented Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Queen’s Park Rangers, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur Football clubs, was it the Football association? No it was the church actually!
When the doctors, the police and the social workers move out of an area and go and live somewhere else who is that moves in ? Is it Richard dawkins and Militant Atheists? No it’s the church actually!
Who is it that is the hope of the world, is it Nato? No, it’s the church actually!