We firmly believe that one of the best ways of showing God's love for us, is to reflect that love openly with those around us. We endeavour to do this through our ministries both in and around our immediate community of the Forest of Dean.
Sometimes a smile, a "Hello", or a chance for someone to talk with, is all that people require. Others need more. We don't judge; we don't discriminate - we simply try to act as Jesus would.
Below are our regular community events that help us express Jesus love in real and practical ways.
Neighbourhood Chaplains is a scheme by Counties. Our aim is to equip and encourage churches (Ephesians 4.12) in reaching out to people in their local communities through house-to-house work (Acts 20:20). Volunteers can choose to be involved in three roles:
(a) initial contacts (lead chaplains)
(c) helping hands team
The scheme includes a three session training course, where volunteers learn about: Biblical models for mission; understanding the Gospel; listening skills; how people come to faith; how to share faith confidently and appropriately; pastoral care; safe practice; signposting and more. It also includes a ‘toolkit’ for churches' giving: ideas for writing your own policies and procedures; teaching materials and protocols.
Working in conjunction with the Trussell Trust, a foodbank operates out of the FCC hall twice a week to support people who go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Foodbank provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing a time of crisis.
If you find yourself in a time of crisis and in need of help you are not alone and we have people who are available to help you.
Tuesday 10 am - 12 noon
Friday 9.30 - 11.30 am
Emergency contact: Chris Hedges 07775 265263 or
Commonground Community Café
Commonground Community Café opens its doors every Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon to everyone and anyone who would like to enjoy a great cup of coffee.
Photos: Debbie hands out a tray of mince pies and Vesper-Mae, Aderyn and Esmae are clearly enjoying them.