We all have a story, which makes us who we are and part of a family and community. At the start of this new series we looked at ourselves and our community by thinking about our own traditions we implement at Christmas and the gifts we received and whether we knew our neighbours.
Here’s another story which caught our imagination
St. Andrew’s Church Congsresbury in Somerset (see picture) has celebrated 800 random acts of kindness one to mark each year since the parish church was founded.
The project was part of its 800 birthday celebrations.
Kind acts were recorded anonymously on cards posted into a good deeds box and ranged from: Delivering aid to refugees in Calais to telling someone they were special.
The organiser said “It didn’t matter how large or small the act was, it was the fact someone took the time to help another person.”
Well Cafe curch has an ongoing story! Who do we think we are?
Riverbank Cafe Church started in March 2006 and so is 10years old in March 2016. We have different chairs than when we started, 50% more people and three meetings together and not one!
so as part of our anniversary celebrations we wondered if the story of St.Andrews could help us celebrate ours? So we asked.
Q1. What is an act of random Kindness and how does it make us feel?
Answers included: Something out of the ordinary, can be spontaneous or actively going out of our way to do something. There is no pay back, it’s free. It’s about connecting with people. It makes us feel glad and valued and probably makes the giver feel good too. Creating community is one of our values and all the small acts of kindness add up to something bigger , which makes our community stronger and better and there is something good and godly about it.
Q2. How could we as part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations make a similar project work in Moss Bank?
Answers included: all try for 10 acts by our birthday – record and share. Open the idea up to the wider community for them to record acts of kindness done to them. Observe and record acts of kindness done by other cafe church members. Record acts of kindness we receive.
We will post on here all the acts that we hear of.