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Campaign launched to record faith groups' contributions in Covid-19 pandemic

by Alex Collett

Spurgeon's College, is launching a campaign to ensure the contributions of faith communities across the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic are not forgotten.

The theological school is hoping to collate stories into a book which will be submitted to the British Library as an official record - creating a piece of history for future generations. 

Speaking to Premier about the campaign, Rev Helen Stokley from Spurgeon's College said: "The Bible is full of stories of remembering history and recounting what has happened.

"You've got that lovely picture in Hebrews 11, that by faith, things were done and I think it's in that sense that it's by faith.

"Churches and faith communities have stepped up and did some amazing things. We know of students and churches who were running food banks, they were delivering food parcels, they were providing care, they were phoning people.

"Even my own church was turned into a vaccination centre.

"Spurgeon College became a lateral flow testing centre as well. 

"I think it's just really important for us to record these things as part of documenting the faith community's history. 

"It's a part of social history and it's also a really good way of showing everybody how much faith communities actually have an impact on society. 

It's hoped that many will take part in the project.

Speaking to Premier, Rev Prof Philip McCormack, Principal of Spurgeon's College said: "This isn't restricted to faith groups or churches to use an example, that are part of large

denominational structures. 

"If you happen to be a worshipper in a small church that is not aligned with the big denomination and you've been active and busy during the pandemic, we want to hear from you. 

"We want you to write your story, and contribute your story to this project."

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