Overcoming Social Divides

Overcoming Social Divides

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are pivotal: if a baby doesn’t get the necessary building blocks of love, nutrition, security and stimulation, they are unable to flourish and reach their potential.

Common Good is piloting the ‘Champions for Children’ programme which equips parents and caregivers to provide these building blocks, setting their children up for a brighter future.

Desirée Maartens tells of her experience as a connector in the recent ‘Champions for Children’ programme, whereby she journeyed with parents and guardians, providing them with …

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16 Things only volunteers will understand

16 Things only volunteers will understand

1. When you’re asked to fix something with a power tool, and you do.

2. When everything is running on time.

3. When you share your experience with someone and they ask if they can volunteer too.

4. When someone thinks they know all about an issue just because they saw a Brad Pitt documentary.

5. When you have to get up early on a Saturday morning to volunteer.

6. 30 minutes after arriving to volunteer.

7. Six hours after volunteering.

8. When only half the people who had signed up to volunteer, …

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3 Surprising things to give to those without homes

3 Surprising things to give to those without homes

Last night, our small group gathered with hot chocolate in hand and fires blazing to do a mini-Warm Up Winter sort.

We each brought a few items of good quality clothing to sort into parcels to give to people and organisations we know who are in need of warm clothing this winter.

It was a fun thing to do together, but it was also really challenging as we shared stories about who the clothing was going to bless.

My husband spoke about the friendship he’s built with a …

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Why EEE?

Why EEE?

83%. Four out of five people. That’s how many Christ followers in Common Ground Church believe that doing justice is normative Christianity. This is a stat that has caused the Common Good team to pause – for just a moment – and smile. For the past few years the Common Good team have worked with leaders to ensure that doing justice is not outsourced to a few paid professionals. We are passionate about seeing every Christ follower inspired, equipped and discipled to follow Jesus in …

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6 Good Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

6 Good Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

1. Build genuine friendships

“Building genuine friendships and walking a journey with some of the residents has been such an eye-opening experience. You witness both the struggles and the breakthroughs and it totally challenges your perspective. I’ve seen God’s hand at work in so many ways over the past year and it’s wonderful to see people learning more about him and giving their lives to Christ.” – Matthew Krog, volunteer, New Hope street and shelter ministry

2. See God’s transforming work in action

“I started volunteering thinking I could be a …

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