How could Christians help practically?
Here are some suggestions of how you and your church might respond to the riots in your area. Courtesy of the Evangelical Alliance.
Baking: Our paramedics, police officers and fire fighters have been run off their feet over the past few days and with an increased presence on the streets today, they will be even more tired. How about showing your appreciation for what they do by baking some goodies and taking them round to your local station to say thank you and keep their spirits up?
Befriending: You may never have spoken to your neighbours, but some may be feeling particularly lonely, scared or vulnerable in the coming hours - particularly the elderly. How about checking on them, inviting them into your home to share a meal or simply watch the news together?
Cleaning-up: Restoring our communities following the devastation is a huge operation, but we can all do our bit to help. You may be able to get stuck in by getting involved in a riot clean-up, but how about donating supplies such as gloves, bin bags, brooms and water to clean-up operations and emergency service workers doing their best to restore our streets?
Buying: Many independent shopkeepers have had their livelihoods disrupted by the rioting, with many having seen their shops and goods destroyed. How about buying from a local shop that is open to provide some encouragement?
Talking: In times of crisis, it's good to talk. How about talking to shopkeepers to ask them how you can help? How about talking to the neighbour whose name you don't know to find out whether they are ok? How about talking to your teenage children and making sure they stay in tonight?
Feeding: Local churches have the opportunity in the coming hours and days to be beacons of hope in our communities. How about opening up your church hall to provide a community lunch for your neighbours and emergency workers?
Praying: Prayer changes things. Join us tonight, or pray wherever you are.