Life Church Value: A Missional Community
We exist not for ourselves but to transform the world in service to others.
In addition to our events, groups, and the activity of our church community, we are engaged in specific projects and strategic partnerships in service to our local area. These are just some of the local mission projects we are currently engaged with and they all represent great opportunities for you to get involved in serving your community. If you would like more information on any of the projects listed and/or to sign up to serve on any of our local mission project teams, then please e-mail [email protected] and someone will be in touch.
Christians Against Poverty is a national charity that enables people to find freedom from debt. CAP gets alongside people by empowering them with budgeting skills and communicates with creditors on their behalf. They also seek to connect people to the wider church community in order to help them break free from the cycles of debt. CAP launched in Burnley in 2020.
Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been working with Burnley Together to help create a coordinated response to the challenges that people faced around accessing and purchasing food. Life Church became a foodbank drop off point in Spring 2020 for Burnley Together. Life Church also refers many people to the Burnley Together foodbank and some of our community have volunteered to deliver food. Spacious Place Furnishings have also collaborated with Burnley Together in this regional foodbank approach. For enquiries regarding referrals, please contact Burnley Together directly on 01282 686402.
In partnership with the Message Trust, Life Church will be bringing the Community Grocery initiative to East Lancashire in 2022. We are working with Valley Street Community Centre in South West Burnley to provide this much needed and high quality initiative for the region. People from the community can become members of the Community Grocery for £5 for the year and pay £3.50 for a shop. Members can shop twice a week and will receive around £30 worth of shopping on each visit. As well as a route out of poverty, the Community Grocery gives a sense of dignity for the shoppers also providing wrap-around care offering services like Christians Against Poverty, Alpha, prayer support etc.
Across the year Life Church hosts several days and weekends of mission activity in the local area, often in partnership with Pais. Projects have included community clean-ups, gardening, decorating, and giveaways, as well as hosting Fun Days on our huge field.
New Neighbours Together welcomes refugees and asylum seekers to the town with friendship, hospitality, advice and support.
Burnley High School
Life Church co-founded Burnley High School in 2014. A Christian ethos free school for pupils of all faiths and none. We continue to support the school which is led by the principles of grace, love, and fellowship.
Life Church has a long history of serving local schools in Burnley by providing assemblies, lessons, clubs, mentoring, and other support. Our schools team, run in partnership with Pais, are currently working regularly in both Primary Schools and High Schools across the town.
Redeeming Our Communities is a national initiative that seeks to bring together churches, the police and other statutory groups to work collaboratively to transform communities. In March 2020 the ROC Burnley Action Group was launched.
SafeNet empowers women and children to live free from domestic violence and abuse. Life Church provides support through the donation of clothing and household items, gifts for the women and children, pamper days, and friendship.