I’ve lived in North Shields, on the North East coast, since getting married to Naomi in 2014. Since then we’ve been on a journey of exploration around our faith, where we find community and how we can increasingly use our energy and resources for the common good.

When we first heard about Common Change back in 2019, it seemed like a great fit. Having read books, years ago, by Shane Claiborne, who is involved in Common Change in the US, and another by Matt Wilson, one of the UK trustees, we were already familiar with the incarnational way of living from which Common Change had emerged. The simple idea of regularly contributing to a shared pot of money to meet needs together was a natural next step.

We love the fact that Common Change is relational and locally-focused. At its core, it’s just people helping people but with accountability and minimal embarrassment.

Recently, for example, one of our group who is a teacher told us about some families of children at her school who would be facing half-term with little food, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. We all quickly responded positively and she was able to put together and deliver 20 food parcels. It doesn’t resolve the long-term issue of food poverty of course, but met a real need and demonstrated to those families that someone cares.


Adam is living out a community-based ministry vocation with the Church of England. He tweets about faith, community, arts politics, and the odd complaint @admgry