A practical response to the cost-of-living crisis

Published on: 21 November 2022

St Edward’s Badersfield Community Church held their first Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course in the Autumn.

The first evening no one came, “So we changed the venue, moved it to our house and… a faithful few from church and a couple of friends came,” says the Revd Shawn Tomlinson. “We laughed, commiserated, encouraged and learned. Jesus cares about our finances, he cares for those struggling and those in debt.”

They reached out to offer a glimpse of warm hope in a cold financial climate, through a free money management course. “It’s made me much more aware of what I’m putting in my shopping trolley. I’m more careful because I’ve set aside money,” said one participant. “I’ve enjoyed doing the course; I’m going to miss coming here!” said another. They hope to build on this modest start and offer more in the future.


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