James 1:27 in the Bible says ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.’
Every 22 minutes a child is taken into care. Very few of these are orphans but there are now more children in care than ever before. Around 70% of these children have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse and they need a loving family to look after them either temporarily through fostering or forever through adoption.
‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.’ Psalm 68:5-6
We encourage the whole church to wrap around and support those families who do adopt or foster. At CBC, we have welcomed fostered and adopted children, we pray for them and show our love for them and their families through giving gifts and meals when they arrive and on going support throughout placements. Our whole church family has embraced ‘Home for Good’ in wonderful ways. We profile the work of HfG regularly and have had gift days for HfG on Adoption Sunday (which is usually the first Sunday in November), held bake sales, completed ‘walking home for good’ challenges to raise funds for HfG, held a Sunday morning all age service and seminar session on adoption and fostering. Members from CBC have also attended the annual national Home for Good summit usually held in September.
If you would like to find out more about Home for Good, please contact homeforgood (at) Cirencester-Baptist.org or look at www.homeforgood.org.uk