social justice


When we read the Bible, it reveals a God who cares about fairness and justice... doing the right thing. He cares about the way we do justice too - even more than the way we do worship. That's why we make social justice a priority in the life of the church.

These are the issues we have focused on at glmc in recent years:

  • The Environment: It's our responsibility to take care of the planet. This involves lifestyle changes so we use the earths resources wisely and responsibly. Cutting down on single-use plastics is one example. A 'Green Corner' has been set up in the church to collect items the local council will not recycle... toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, crisp packets, Pladis buiscuit wrappers etc. During 2020 we plan to undertake an environmental audit in readiness for an eco-church application.

  • Ethical Trading and Fairtrade: issues affect the decisions we make about the way we shop. Are the poor being exploited so we can eat and dress more cheaply. Look for the Fairtrade mark and be prepared to pay the right price (i.e. pay a little more) to do the right thing.

  • The Persecuted Church: Christian persecution is on the rise all over the planet but especially in the Middle East, North Africa, North Korea and China. We pray for the suffering church so it can endure under great trial.

  • Homelessness: We support Moving On, a local charity for homeless young people.

  • Foodbanks: We regularly make donations to the local foodbank run by Durham Christian Partnership. During Advent in 2018 and 2019 we organised a 'Reverse Advent Calendar' so people could open a door in it and put in tins etc to be sent to the local foodbank.

Things are slowly getting back to normal but normal may not be exactly the same as it used to be...