Recent Items: Churches Together

“Churches Together in England unites in pilgrimage those Churches in England which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves:

  • to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and
  • to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world

to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit”

Report: Overlaps and common issues in rural and urban contexts

Churches Together in England Urban and Rural Forum Meeting 11 August 2017 at CTE Tavistock Square, London

“Christians in urban and rural areas have discovered similarities and links across the different contexts in which they work. Following informal discussions about cross-overs and the implications for ministry, Churches Together in England convened and hosted a meeting for members of the Churches Rural Group and the Urban Forum. Chaired by Rev Dr David Cornick (General Secretary of CTE), it provided an opportunity to listen to one another’s experience, share information and identify overlaps, common ground and potential areas for collaboration in future work. A number of common issues that have wider implications emerged from the case studies, stories and experiences shared.”

To study the rest of this report follow this link!


To all friends of Churches Together in England

I am delighted to attach our review of the year (2015) which is an extract from the annual report and accounts which was sent to the Charity Commission. It includes a link to the full document sent to the Charity Commission should you wish to download it.

We would be most grateful if you would publicise this as widely as possible.

With best wishes

Jenny Bond

Syrian crisis

Hi again

George has just sent me this link to the Citizens website – do please pass it on to anyone else who might find it useful.

If you know any other websites, resources, have information about local projects, or have come across helpful prayers, please let me know and we’ll collect them together on the SRN website



We, like many in your network are inundated with inquiries about how people can help in the Syrian crisis. To help people help others we’ve set up this site – (Invalid link removed DJS Mar2018 :

Thought you might circulate it to your lists?

Best, George

Churches and befriending projects

Tackling Isolation and Loneliness – Link Visiting Scheme

If you are concerned about loneliness and isolation amongst older people, the Link Visiting Scheme has a range of excellent resources available which enable churches to respond effectively.

This national Christian befriending charity supports the mission of local churches by helping them to set up projects to help lonely older people re-connect with their communities. On 1 July 2015 Link Visiting launched the Build-A-Link Challenge. This resource raises awareness of social isolation and provides some suggested responses for churches, including ideas for projects and activities that could help address the issue locally.

The charity has also developed a model of operating a befriending project for churches in urban and rural settings, based on its own experience of running a successful scheme since 1998. Full support, training, documentation and advice are provided to churches seeking to set up a project in their community.

For details of the Build-A-Link Challenge go to and information about setting up a befriending project can be found at ‘Getting started’ case studies from churches that have set up a project in partnership with Link Visiting Scheme are available at

London Churches – Common Voice on Migration

Dear all,

We had an excellent day seminar on migration last week, attended by around 50 people from across London and across the denominations.
The contributions from the day, together with the Bible passages people brought with them, and an art work created on the day, are now on our website:
The next stage in our Common Voice process is to reflect more deeply on the issues raised on the day and what the Spirit is saying to the churches on migration.
Please let us know if you have any reflections on the day. We will feed these into the core group’s next meeting when we shall draft some common voice for us all to consider further.

Peace to all,


Canon Steven Saxby,

Tel: 020 7654 3857
Text: 078 5555 1050
Follow us on Twitter: @londonchurches

SUSTAINING LIFE AND FAITH – Climate Justice and the Mission of God

Partnership for World Mission Conference 2015

SUSTAINING LIFE AND FAITH – Climate Justice and the Mission of God

Monday 2nd November – Wednesday 4th November 2015 at They Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU

Dear All,

The Planning Group for the 2015 PWM Conference are delighted to confirm that the keynote speakers are:

Bishop Mark Macdonald and Revd Padi Rex Reyes. Both of our speakers will bring  wisdom and experience from different parts of the Body of Christ.

Bishop Mark is the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada. He will bring to us the wisdom of Indigenous Peoples in their understandings of life and creation and how we can all learn from those insights. For more information about his work please click on

Revd Padi Rex Reyes is the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and has played a leading role in the responses to the recent typhoons Haiyan and Ruby in the Philippines. For more information

The cost of the conference this year is £195 for UK delegates and £160 for visitors from Companion Links. We have kept conference costs down for some years but this year the increase is necessary due to increased costs of travel. We hope you will understand.

Please complete the attached booking form and return with payment or proof of payment by BACS to Carolyn Gilmore as directed on the form.

We look forward to receiving your booking. If you would like further information please contact or

Please consider inviting people from your diocese or agencies who are involved in climate justice, development or other related areas.  The contribution of young people in climate justice issues is expanding and gripping the imagination, so please consider inviting young people to the conference or making contact before the conference in order to bring their insights to our gathering.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the conference.
Yours sincerely

Janice Price
World Mission Policy Adviser
Mission and Public Affairs Division

Shellshocked Prophets

SHELLSHOCKED PROPHETS Former Anglican Army Chaplains in Inter-War Britain by Linda Parker

“The Anglican chaplains who served in the Great War were changed by their experience of total war. They returned determined to revitalise the Anglican Church in Britain… ” (Read more)

Could you circulate the attached to the SR Network, it is a little unusual, but it may be of interest.

With best wishes

Terry (

Released for Mission: growing the rural church

Some of you will already have received this from Jill Hopkinson – for those who haven’t, do take a look and pass it on as appropriate

Regards, Ann

Released for Mission: growing the rural church (GS Misc 1092)

Dear Colleague

Released for Mission: growing the rural church (GS Misc 1092)

This research report, published today, captures the authentic grassroots voices of lay people and clergy working in rural multi-church groups. Their stories tell of the current realities of mission and ministry in the countryside: the creative ideas and opportunities; the complexities and difficulties. Continue reading Released for Mission: growing the rural church

Material it might be useful for SR officers to know about – volunteers

I’ve worked on this jointly with the CUF volunteer Co-ordinator, and it aims to be user-friendly and relevant in church-based projects CUF supports, as well as churches and for  ‘lay ministries’ .  It draws on experiences of good (and not so good) practice that both of us have encountered over the years – and has run the gauntlet of NCVO and several ‘compliance officers’.   Continue reading Material it might be useful for SR officers to know about – volunteers

Submission to the Butler Sloss Commission on Religion and Belief

Alison has shared the submission to the Commission on Religion and Belief from Oxford Diocese, which looks really useful for other contexts as well.
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:56 PM
Subject: Submission to the Butler Sloss Commission on Religion and Belief
Hi Ann, I wondered whether other colleagues have made submissions to this?
I attach something we have sent in. It may be useful to others – not necessarily in connection with the Commission, but in suggesting models for mapping faith community engagement in public life. Feedback and help to make it better would be appreciated!
If you could circulate, that would be great.
Alison Webster
Social Responsibility Adviser
Diocese of Oxford
North Hinksey
(01865) 208213
07919 456451

International Anglican Women’s Network Newsletter

Dear All,

Attached (IAWN Newsletter August 2014) the most recent International Anglican Women’s Network newsletter, which includes various articles of interest, including pieces on:

  • a recent African Anglican women leaders’ meeting
  • the Anglican Communion’s appointment of Terrie Robinson as Director for Women in Church and Society
  • the recent Church of England Synod vote
  • Sri Lankan Anglicans’ perspectives on the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and on interfaith work
  • how Anglicans in the UK and Pakistan are working to end violence against women and girls

As noted below, the next edition is going to focus on human trafficking, and the editor, Elaine Cameron, welcomes suggestions for contributions.

Please do circulate this to your networks and anyone who might be interested.

All best wishes,


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

Church Responses to Domestic Abuse – IAFN Newsletter

From Janice Price, World Mission Policy Adviser, Mission and Public Affairs Division

You may already get this through other networks, but it is an interesting read.  This theme focuses on domestic abuse and measures being taken by church groups around the world to prevent it and support those who have suffered abuse , Ann

Church Responses to Domestic Abuse