“True religion in God’s eyes means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.”

James 1:27

On 5 July we’re beginning a five-part 11am sermon series on Generous Justice to re-awaken our passion and strengthen our commitment to serve those in need on our frontlines.

Our church opened for business in 1841 next to a notorious slum Charles Dickens called the Devil’s Acre. A nest of vice, depravity, disease and squalor. Samuel Martin, our founding minister, together with his congregation, faithfully preached God’s word to this community, whilst setting up orphanages, organising work schemes for the unemployed, and caring for the sick. And within 20 years they repossessed the Devil’s acre, and Chapel grew from 22 members to more than 1,000.

It’s time this well was unblocked. Yes, we have a Foodbank, but much more is needed to Serve London effectively. If we’re serious about “bringing the kingdom of God to the heart of the nation” and I think we are, then we need to get serious about caring for the poor who are disproportionately vulnerable to injustice.

This is why we’re doing this series. We want to be like God to those in need. We want to reveal God to those in need. We want to silence Christianity’s critics who say religion poisons everything.

We have a range of speakers including guest preacher Martin Charlesworth who heads up Jubilee+, an organisation set up by Newfrontiers that aims to help churches engage more effectively with their communities and, particularly, to help them increase their capacity to serve the poor.

We’ll also be featuring organisations we’re keen to get involved with individually, or even corporately, such as Home for Good and Compassion, inviting more of our people to sponsor children in need on 2 August.

So as we begin this series, please pray with us for God to touch our hearts to inconvenience ourselves for those in need inside and outside of the church.

May many see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).