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Church in the World Group

Church in the WorldChurch in the World Group

The Church in the World Group is made up of a small group of enthusiasts who share an interest in social issues both here in Woking and in the wider world.  We act as representatives within our congregation for a variety of organisations. 

We think that part of being a Christian is finding new ways to build a fair and inclusive society.  We work to respond to the needs of neighbours – people in our own town – as well as strangers living elsewhere in the UK or overseas, who we are unlikely ever to meet: we are all members of a single human family 

As we find out more about some of the problems facing our world, and what we can do to help tackle them, we work to raise awareness with the congregation, for example, through articles in the Church Magazine, or by inviting guest speakers to talk at a Church Meeting or during a Church Service.  We encourage the congregation to join with us in campaigning for changes that will improve the lives of those who are marginalised and the very poor, recognising that helping people to help themselves is very often the best form of development.  We also recognise that we have a role to play in caring for the environment. 

We arrange regular activities during the church year such as the Commitment for Life collection (Harvest) and, together with other churches in Woking, we take part in the Christian Aid Week house-to-house collection (May). 

 

Organisation and website

Representative

Christian Aid

Teresa Bacon; Dorothy Brassington

Commitment for Life

Robin Gray

Council for World Mission

Catalina Brook

Fairtrade

John West

Global Justice Now

John West

There are many other ways in which Woking URC looks beyond our “four walls” and just a few other examples are given below.  Several people from our church are volunteers with Woking Street Angels and assist people in need of help in Woking town centre late on Friday and Saturday nights.  We also are involved with Woking People of Faith, an exciting new initiative to promote religious and cultural harmony and understanding for the benefit of all of the people in Woking.  There is a Traidcraft stall after the morning service where people can buy a variety of fairly traded goods which deliver real benefit to the producers.  Through Embrace The Middle East, we support an educational project based in the Lebanon focused on children and adults with special needs, giving them the opportunity for greater independence and dignity in their daily lives. 

Please contact Teresa Bacon (teresa.bacon@btinternet.com) if you are interested in finding out more.