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St John the Baptist Church: Communion, Sanctuary and Citizens

St John the BaptistOn Day 2 we started with a Eucharist at St John the Baptist Church and were welcomed by Rev’d Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones and then heard from the founder of the Women Seeking Sanctuary Action Group, a Cameroonian refugee Constance Nzeneu, and then from Jonathan Cox about Cardiff Citizens.

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Richard Kirlew: ‘Mostly hills and sheep’

2014-10-07 18.57.29Mostly Hills and Sheep; a Rural View offered by Revd Richard Kirlew, National Lead Rural Life Adviser, Church in Wales.

Richard has a passion for rurality – and finds this means pushing boundaries and working outside the box, with farmers, farming unions, charities and very small rural communities, pub ministry.

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Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving July 2014 Newsletter

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving July 2014 Newsletter

Murston ‘Community Bank’

A recently retired couple with banking experience, a generous gift from a local builder and the prayers and determination of a small congregation have been the key ingredients in the launch of Murston Community Bank. …

In June Westminster Abbey hosted a celebration of 50 years of credit unions in Great Britain …

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Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission

I haven’t been involved in a poverty hearing but I was heavily involved in the work of the Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission, looking into the impacts of welfare reform, including several days of hearings in the first few months of 2014. The Commission was chaired by Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, and I was a member of the support team.

The Commission’s report was published on 27 June. Please find attached here both the full report and the executive summary. I would be grateful if you could circulate them to SRN members.

Thanks and best wishes,

Helen Boothroyd

Social Responsibility Development Officer, Churches Together in Cumbria

Gaza – Diocese of Jerusalem Appeal

Is there any chance that you could remind SROs about the Diocese of Jerusalem’s appeal for the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. Individuals, parishes and dioceses can contribute to the appeal by giving via the Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association website. The hospital is doing some amazing work in very difficult circumstances. They need our continued prayers and financial support. The appeal is a good way for people to channel their anger and helplessness into something positive and constructive. http://www.jmeca.org.uk/work-we-support/featured-projects/al-ahli-hospital-appeal-2014

Many thanks,

Charles

Dr Charles Reed
Foreign Policy Advisor, Mission and Pastoral Affairs

Promoting responsible credit and saving: July newsletter

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving

July 2014 Newsletter

This edition includes:

  • Murston ‘Community Bank’
  • In a recent speech to the Credit Union Foundation Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on the Church’s activity to support credit unions
  • In June Westminster Abbey hosted a celebration of  50 years of credit unions in Great Britain.
  • 70 people gathered in Birmingham to hear about the work of the Archbishop’s Task Group and the Church Credit Champions Network,
  • Payday Lending; Fixing a Broken Market is a new report from The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • The Financial Conduct Authority has recently issued new regulations for the consumer credit market
  • ‘We need a union of the streets’ is a song and music video produced by Charles Bailey and featuring rapper Question Musiq.

Tackling Poverty Together – July 2014

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 July 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury

10 million rely on church community, new research shows

New research conducted for Church Urban Fund, shows that 10 million adults a year use community services provided by churches and church-run organisations. This is more than half of all those who access these services. The wide range of support includes food banks, luncheon clubs and night shelters along with relationship courses, financial advice and access to computers and the internet.

In a foreword to the Church Urban Fund/ Theos report Good Neighbours: How Churches Help Communities Flourish, launched yesterday in the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: “This report demonstrates the scale and nature of that love for neighbour in practical action. It shows that relationships are at the heart of every community, and that churches are at the heart of local communities. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Church is part of the solution for building community blessing at every level.”

Read the full report or download the executive summary here »

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Harvest resources coming soon

We are producing a range of Harvest resources including prayers, reflections and resources for young people that will be available soon.

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