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SRN 2019 Conference

2019 Theme:
‘The Church on the High Street’

Proposed venue: Foxhill House, (the Chester diocesan retreat house near Frodsham)

Proposed dates: 18-20 November 2019

The cost would be similar to previous years, with an exact figure to be agreed when the outline plan for the conference was in place.

Information taken from Minutes of the SRN EG meeting held at Church House, Westminster on 28 February- 2019

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Faith and the Future of the Countryside

Conference

Dates: 23-27 September 2019 (Mon-Fri)

Location: Lee Abbey Christian Community

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Who’s speaking? – Bishop Alan Smith

Click for details of our main speaker!

Click here to Book a place!

The conference will explore the rapidly changing face of the countryside in England and the role that the Church can play in shaping it. Drawing on the experience and insights of the delegates, it will provide an opportunity to think together about a wide range of rural subjects, including the environment, agriculture and leisure. In addition there will be input designed to offer spiritual refreshment for the participants

This information supplied by:
Revd Elizabeth Clark MA
National Rural Officer for the Methodist & United Reformed Churches

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Mental health & wellbeing

Thinking of mental health and wellbeing, the Church has a great deal to say about what it means to be human with all its fragility, weakness and vulnerability alongside capacity for growth, development, wholeness, healing and the building of relationships. It is also able to offer alternatives to state provision and thinking about health and care.

Study day – Birmingham – 10 July 2018

The Social Responsibility Network arranged a study day for members and colleagues to share ideas, experience and resources on work with mental health and wellbeing and to talk about areas where the Church can make a contribution or a difference. Underpinning the conversations during the day was the fundamental importance of honouring the reality and gifting of each individual, using an asset-based community development approach in working with mental health and co-production with ‘experts by experience.’

Key Issues identified

Discussions in the morning identified a number of key issues that were addressed in more detail in workshops in the afternoon:

• Contextualised services and support for people moving back into the community.
• Theology and language used around mental health and wellbeing.
• Resources that are available, and what is missing that would be helpful. (A list of resources is now available!)
• Liturgy and spirituality. (see one example on this subject here!)
• Links between the Church and other professional organisations and services.
• Issues for dioceses.
• Campaigning and prevention. (For example Zero Suicide Alliance)

Top three discussion points…

Three sentences captured the thinking of the group discussions in the morning:
• No decision about me without me.
• Wellbeing and recovery depends on patient, personal agency.
• Broken people together can make whole communities.

Final thoughts

Some comments and questions from the day:
• There is more hope that a faithful parish church will be able to provide support than diocesan structures. It offers features that promote mental health – connection, belonging, identity, acceptance, meaning, a role, etc. But don’t give up on the diocese!
• Symptoms, not causes, are often being addressed.
• We can share insight that mental illness can be a spiritual / transformative experience.
• What will be the role of the Church in the political / social / economic map in the next 10-years? We need to begin to engage with these issues now.
• How do we make connections with other professionals and join things together? A good start would be to talk to people already in our churches who are working in mental health.
• Campaigns are based on engagement – does the Church own its investment in mental health?
• Talk to the most vulnerable people in the church about a spirituality that works for them.
• Affirm the importance of communities, love and relationships.
• Where is God calling me?

Prepared by Ann Wright, SRN, 2/8/2018

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praxis newsletter

March 2019 Edition

Spring is becoming more apparent (for those in the UK at least) and with it the signs of hope for new life. Our Living Lent community has been flourishing too, with almost 500 people receiving our daily mailshot of inspiration and encouragement. Over 200 people are part of our Living Lent Facebook groups, sharing tips and stories. You can find out how to join in with these below.

We were delighted at the beginning of this month to see progress on how the UK Government will determine who is in need of support, by taking the step to also measure food poverty. Yet we all continue to await progress on Brexit. Lucy Berry, our Poet-in-Residence, has filmed a poem in response to current developments entitled ‘Christ Knows’ – you can watch it by following the link in this newsletter.

Hannah & Roo
JPIT Newsletter Editors

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Equipping for rural mission

This resource has been produced and developed by Stella Collishaw (SR Network) and Simon Martin (The Arthur Rank Centre).

  • is free to download
  • is a web-based toolkit for small rural churches
  • is aimed at helping you understand your local Church congregation and the community you serve
  • it follows the broad principles of the pastoral cycle
  • is designed to be used by lay leaders
  • to be used by one, or a group of, church(es)
  • The aim of the toolkit is to give simple ways to rethink community based mission

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stories for the soul

Weekly e-bulletin from Sheffield – 27 November 2018

Click to view!

Here is some information from colleagues in Sheffield:

Stories for the Soul is an exciting initiative in the Diocese of Sheffield which offers an innovative ministry with older people, including those living with dementia. Inspired by Godly Play, it recognises the need for community, story and creativity to bring spiritual well being. It is having a significant missional impact in the Diocese and one of the leaders, Carrie Twist, has been awarded Dementia Care Champion at the National Dementia Care Awards 2018.

For more information and to book a day’s training on Dementia, Well being and Creativity in your Diocese. http://www.storiesforthesoul.org

The ebulletin that went out to the Diocese of Sheffield gives the photo that they used and more information

with thanks

Kathryn Lord

PRAXIS Newsletter

February 2019 Edition

Click here to view this edition!
The past month has seen the team continue to get excited about Living Lent, and becoming part of a community who are committing to respond to the call to climate action.

We’ve also continued to explore how we can create a welcoming environment for those seeking refuge in the UK, with poetry from our poet-in-residence.

As you might have seen, debate has been raised around the UK’s international aid budget, and we’ve taken some time this month to respond.

This month’s newsletter also includes an up to date response on Universal Credit, an invitation to come and work with JPIT and a list of some of the things we’re looking forward to.

With every blessing,

Hannah and Roo
JPIT Newsletter Editors

lichfield: for richer for poorer

A report about the Diocese of Lichfield’s four year church partnership project. This report draws on material produced by Ruth Clay, Church Partnerships Worker for the project.

This information was supplied by:
Revd Dr David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities
07975644044 (m); 01785 748976 (h); 01543 622591 (o)

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The Church of England, Diocese of Lichfield
Unit 1 Three Spires, Station Road, Lichfield WS13 6HX

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Web: www.lichfield.anglican.org
Twitter: @Lichfield_CofE
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/LichfieldDiocese
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/60802986432/

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PRAXIS Newsletter

January 2019 Edition

Click here to view this 100th edition!
This is the ONE HUNDREDTH issue of our JPIT Newsletter and we have so much to be thankful for. Over 2,000 people receive the Newsletter each month and it is a privilege to be able to inform, inspire and provoke our readers to take action on justice and peace issues.
Since our last newsletter, the plight of those crossing the English Channel in an effort to enter the UK has been making the headlines, some of the inadequacies of the Universal Credit system have been acknowledged by UK Government, and of course the continuing wrangling and debate over Brexit has dominated political discussion.
We enter the new year in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty, but are more keenly aware than ever of our need to raise awareness of and speak up for the rights of the ignored and forgotten, the weak and the oppressed, and to represent and strive for the values of God’s Kingdom. We are thankful for many opportunities in the year ahead to make a difference for the common good and are grateful to you for the role that you play in bringing light and life to the lives of many.
With every blessing,

Hannah and Roo
JPIT Newsletter Editors