RAFFA Social action is core to the heart of mission. The commitment to this calling can be clearly seen in the scale and diversity of the activities undertaken to date and offered by some of the local churches, ranging from food banks and advice centres to lunch clubs and fitness classes. Not only can our churches offer services that meet specific needs, they can also create spaces for people to connect with and get to know others, helping to build stronger and more resilient communities.
Over the last few years, RAFFA has strived to show examples of how it can support local churches with a renewed recognition of the vital contribution that churches can make to our society and to the common good. Our presence within communities enables churches to offer holistic and relational support to people who are struggling with different aspects of poverty: a lack of resources, an absence of strong and supportive relationships and/or a poor sense of self-worth. As churches seek to engage with and transform their local communities, they too are transformed. Those that are doing more to meet local needs are more likely to be outward-looking, have a deeper understanding of God’s purpose, have improved relations within the church and the wider community.