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Community Projects

As a church, the people of the Church of the Good Shepherd are involved in a number of different projects within our local community.
We have spent some time in prayer, seeking God on the areas in which we should be involved.  All our community projects are now held in light of these transformational goals (see above). This means that:

  • We connect with the businesses in our parish intermittently in order to support local businesses;
  • Initiatives to tidy/clean the locality, including helping the Friends of King George Playing Fields, enable us to help our environment to be a clean, safe, healthy and happy place to live;
  • We run Care and Share, a friendship club over Tuesday lunchtimes, to support and befriend seniors;
  • Bereavement support and “Free to be me” courses at the Good Shepherd help people cope emotionally and psychologically; we take a lead in the local Foodbank, helping those in food poverty; our weekly Carer and Toddler group encourages children to explore and learn together as well as assisting carers to meet and chat; the CAP debt centre gives free advice to those in debt and provides people to walk alongside them as they deal with their situation; CAP money courses help people to budget their money; we try to encourage and support people in their efforts to return to work through our CAP Job Club ; through the winter months the Good Shepherd is part of the Catalyst Nightshelter for those in Havering with nowhere to sleep.  All these activities enable us to support residents to be healthy, physically, psychologically, educationally and spiritually.
  • Building and maintaining strong families is another important aspect of our involvement in our community; we provide marriage preparation courses and hold other marriage enrichment sessions throughout the year.  We support families connecting with one another through helping at the Westies Child Contact Centre each week.  Children's work is also very important to us; numerous groups meet on the church site for children of all ages and are described in other parts of our website.
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