SHEFFIELD’S Bishop has made a rallying call for the Church of England to help the poor – who have been most badly affected by the economic crisis.
Dr Steven Croft made the comments in his Presidential Address to a meeting of the Sheffield Diocesan Synod, held in Doncaster.
He said churches were continuing to offer communities across the region something ‘very different’ and even in the face of cultural change one of the Church’s greatest tasks was to look out for people affected by poverty.
He said: “Our society is changing. As the Christian community, we are slowly becoming accustomed to the idea that we are living after Christendom.
“We can no longer assume that we have the assent of the majority of our society to our faith and our values.
“If we are to be a Christ-like church that means having a concern for the poor, the vulnerable, the forgotten and those on the margins.
“It means making a difference where we can to the lives of others in loving service.
“It means seeking to challenge the unjust structures of society. It means tending and caring for the good earth entrusted to us.”
Dr Croft told Synod members that he hoped the church was a community which could make all the difference.
“In those communities a parish church which is distinctive and engaged acts as a shelter and anchor for community projects of every kind which offer ways of drawing isolated people together,” he said.