"Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own." - Henri Nouwen
It is a known fact that giving and community building go hand in hand - encouraging generosity as ministry, and community as a gift. As churches we have so much to offer, which was recently quantified by the House of Good report stating that the economic and social value of all church buildings to the UK is at least £12.4 billion per year. Not just the bricks and mortar but the welfare and wellbeing they create in our communities.
One example of this is a humbling story from St John the Baptist Church, Pockley. During the Lockdowns, despite intermittent services and online services, the PCC kept in community by looking after the church grounds and the churchyard - and the churchyard has been transformed.