Examples of the ways we currently seek to make a positive impact on our local community
Christ Church has been a member of the CARIS (Christian Action and Response in Society) Islington Cold Weather Shelter since its inception in 1997. From January to March the shelter operates in rotation at seven churches in the borough and offers warm hospitality, including a hot dinner, fellowship, a safe bed and a cooked breakfast to up to fifteen homeless guests. Christ Church’s night is Friday: volunteers are drawn from our own congregation, other churches and the local community, while Highbury Barn shops also provide generous assistance and supplies.
Christ Church Playgroup, a non-profit community pre-school is located in the Angel Room on the top floor of the church and runs every weekday morning
Part of Christ Church’s garden is used by Transition Highbury, a local initiative to live more sustainably.
We run a Baby & Toddler drop-in group on Mondays and a popular Friday night Youth Club.
The church is used by Rainbows and Brownies, a children’s choir (Highbury Young Singers) and many other children’s groups.
The Community Engagement group looks at local needs and issues, encouraging and facilitating the contributions of church members to various schemes such as:
Help on Your Doorstep, a local initiative to improve health and wellbeing in the community by ensuring people in need are linked to the providers of relevant services.
London Capital Credit Union, which helps local people to become better informed about financial planning and to avoid commercial payday loans.
Islington Refugee Welcome, a project to provide practical assistance to Syrian refugee families who are settling in the area.
A weekly Memory Cafe opened in October, which aims to support people with a degree of dementia and other isolated older people. See the recent article from The Times featuring the cafe