New Church Charity - Caring for Life

As you may now be aware we were able to announce at the September Church meeting that the Charity we will be supporting in the forthcoming year will be Caring for Life.

Caring For Life, more commonly known as CFL, is founded on very clear Christian beliefs. Caring For Life is a registered Christian charity with the aim of sharing the love of Jesus with homeless or vulnerable people by providing accommodation, on-going support, love and friendship, and when necessary, providing that care 'for life'!

Twenty five years ago, Peter Parkinson, a Baptist minister in Leeds, and members of his congregation were faced with a challenge to their faith that would change lives forever. In 1986, several homeless young men started attending Leeds Reformed Baptist Church. This plunged some of the church members into a whole new form of outreach. They were challenged to follow Jesus' example of reaching out to those in need.  Crag House Farm became the base for daytime activity projects, a place where vulnerable, socially excluded people could begin to re-build their lives.

Two housing projects provide support and care for as long as the person wishes and needs. This helps to establish genuine emotional security which many of those in their care will never have known.

The Caring For Life Daytime projects, based at CFL's headquarters on a farm in Cookridge, are very significant in helping vulnerable people to achieve a settled, constructive lifestyle and include art, craft, drama, literacy, computing, media, horticulture, conservation, agriculture, poultry, equestrian, small mammals and woodwork.

Now reaching completion is the amazing transformation of the 17th Century barn that will be the new Granary and Farm Shop which is open Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

We hope to include more details about Caring for Life in future editions of the Messenger and also of the fund raising events we plan to hold here at the Bridge Church.

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