by | Apr 3, 2024

Meet Kelleigh Hudson

Kelleigh heads up Cinnamon’s work in Greater London. Kelleigh has vast experience working with social action projects of all sizes. Alongside her work for Cinnamon, she is a freelance trainer and community specialist helping Christian and secular organisations to grow and develop.

Kelleigh is also the founder of Life Essence Ministries, a faith-based charity that supports women and children fleeing from domestic abuse. In what little free time she has left, she serves in her local church and is studying for a Graduate Diploma in theology. Here she explains why she is so excited to be joining the Cinnamon team.

What challenges are facing church-based social action right now?

Despite the many great initiatives we have inside the church, we are not always meeting people at their point of need. Outreach social action projects can help us to bridge this gap.

Churches are often unaware of the needs of their local community and fail to connect and converse with non-Christians and other community groups in the area. At Cinnamon, we offer social audit tools that can help churches connect with their local authority and other networks.

Churches are sacred places. Sometimes, we can become overprotective and think that supporting vulnerable groups will negatively impact the church community and make it unsafe.

However, we know that Jesus sat with sinners, and we are called to love our neighbours and help them when we can while maintaining healthy boundaries and structures that keep everyone safe.

What is the Greater London Project?

The project supports churches within Greater London that are involved in a church social action project or who want to respond to local needs within their community.

My role is to assist churches in obtaining access to resources, training and project grants they need to grow their existing or new social action projects.

Projects we work with receive 1-2-1 support from me and the extended team at Cinnamon. Together we help them establish new partnerships and develop the necessary infrastructure to flourish and transform their community building long-term sustainability.

We’re working with all sorts of outreach projects that are responding to the cost-of-living crisis, domestic abuse, homelessness, gang violence, bereavement, addiction, loneliness and so on.

Why does the Greater London Project excite you?

I love God, the Word, and people. This project provides me with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for building the Kingdom of God and creating safe spaces for those in need.

Community is at the heart of people, and where there are people, there are needs. This project allows churches to focus on the specific needs of their local community, supporting healing, transformation, and restoration in the lives of those they serve.

Being a part of their journey is a blessing, and I am excited to see the wonderful projects that will be developed and grow.

What are you hoping to achieve?

My hope is to build up Church connections and develop a forum/steering group for churches to discuss the different needs they are experiencing and work together to find solutions. My hope is that this will also provide a safe space for leaders to have these conversations.

Also, I hope to alleviate the pressure on church leaders by supporting the social activists within their church who are passionate about community action.

Additionally, I hope to see churches thriving and offering assistance to their communities while building healthy relationships with other church leaders and non-Christian community projects.

Why are you so passionate about church-based social action?

I have personally experienced the benefits of such projects in my own life struggles and traumas.

Deuteronomy 10:17-19 states that the Lord is the God of gods and Lord of lords, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

This is my response to the call to social action: love for those who are foreigners, as I myself was once a foreigner in Egypt. And I call the Church to do the same!

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