Care

CareWe believe that as Christians we are called to be salt and light in our communities and good neighbours. Many of us are good neighbours to people at work, strangers, people overseas. Neighbourhood Prayer Network believes that Christians should seek to be a good neighbour to the people who live on their street.

How can I love my neighbour? (some suggestions, there are more in our prayer guides and in our book, "Neighbours, Transform Your Street")

  • Start, by getting to know their names.
  • Be a neighbour from heaven, don't put on loud music late at night, park in a way that is helpful, don't drop litter, keep your garden tidy
  • Visit an elderly neighbour or someone who struggles to get out of the house because of illness, offer to do the shopping, take them to hospital appointments, check up on a neighbour who is ill, make them food when they are unwell.
  • Invite your neighbours around for tea, food ( please ensure you are never alone with a child or with someone of the opposite sex).
  • Take birthday cards, Christmas cards, Easter cards, at different points of the year
  • if you are qualified, are there any jobs you could do for your neighbour? Such as decorating, helping them move etc. (without charging money)
  • Could you take the bins out, wash your neighbours car or help your neighbour with their garden (with their permission).
  • Could you visit a sick neighbour in hospital or keep a close eye on a neighbour who is very unwell.
  • Could you organise an afternoon tea in your home for elderly neighbours every fortnight?
  • Could you organise a barbeque or street party for your neighbours
  • Could you become a genuine friend, who loves your neighbour with no agenda other than to show them real friendship.
  • Could you forgive a neighbour who causes problems in your street
  • Can you be ready to apologise for anything you have done that has upset a neighbour.

 

Neighbourhood Prayer Network is keen to stress that due to child protection concerns, we do not encourage children or vulnerable adults to participate in the above activities. While the vast majority of people would never seek to harm a child or vulnerable adult. We are concerned that there are a minority of people who will seek to take advantage. We ask parents with children to be vigilant to this risk.

It is the responsibility of each individual to protect themselves and Neighbourhood Prayer Network encourages people to be wise in reaching out to neighbours. 

 

Matthew 5:13-16

 

You are the salt of the Earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and out it under a bowl. Instead they put it under a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Luke 10:27

You shall love the Lord your God with al your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbour as yourself.

 

CARE:

 

We believe Christians should naturally take care of their neighbours. Our prayer guides based on Biblical scripture all provide a practical challenge to get to know your neighbour and care for your neighbours. However we also want to sign post you to these ministries that look at the wider needs of our community

Redeeming our Communities: Works closely with the police, local government, fire service, bridging the gap between the church and these services and helping the church to provide much needed community projects in an area, such as  ROC cafes (youth), and many other projects. Please visit their website. We detail more information in our book, "Neighbours, Transform Your Street"

Christians Against Poverty (debt relief). Neighbourhood Prayer Network supports this charity and hopes there will eventually be a CAP centre in every postcode area of the country.

Foodbank (feeding people struggling so much financially that they cannot afford to buy enough food). We support more Foodbanks being set up all over the UK to meet the growing needs of our neighbourhoods.

Acts435: Matches up people who have needs, such as a baby's pram, with people who have the ability to give. Please visit their website

Stop the Traffik: Helps identify and stop human trafikking in the UK

Street Pastors: Patrols streets, backed up by prayer at night time, helping make our streets safer.

Christian Nightlife Initiatives: Making our streets safer at night time through many initiatives including street Angels to keep people safe and minister to people at night.

Healing on the Streets: A ministry that prays for healing for people. There are many stories of miracles