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Growing the Rural Church project

Building Conversations:
Churches for Rural Communities

A day conference exploring how rural churches
can use their buildings creatively to support
ministry and better serve their communities

Wednesday 31 October 2018

The Welcome Centre, Coventry

Open the Conference Flyer here!

This information is provided by :

Sally Farrant
Social Responsibility – Dementia, Disability, Fairtrade etc
Church and Society, The Church of England in Devon

Community Engagement – Livability

Mental Health in the community

Click here to reach the full newsletter !

The March 2018 edition includes an article by David Primrose entitled:

Let’s change the culture of our churches by lifting the lid on mental health

Other articles in this edition include:

Christians in Practice – connecting discipleship and community engagement

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Human Trafficking

Business and Faith: the Health and Wealth of Nations

DATE AND TIME: Tue 20 March 2018 18:30 – 20:15 GMT
LOCATION: St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London, EC2V 6AU

“Just a courtesy note to invite you to share with your networks the information about this exciting opportunity to explore further the interlinkages between faith and business in the work on cleaning up Supply Chains internationally and  nationally as one of our responses to the Hydra headed monster which is contemporary Human Trafficking. A joint event with St Paul’s Institute and JUST SHARE with CCARHT – with Baroness Young of Hornsey presenting the newest initiative rolling out for Local Council and Central Govt procurement controls.”

Information supplied by: Carrie Pemberton Ford, of Cambridge Centre of Applied Research into Human Trafficking (CCARHT)

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SRN 2017 Annual Conference: Summary Report

Between Glory and Grief: the precarious wonder of the Body of Christ

Here is the Summary Report of the SRN Annual Conference, held 24-26 October 2017, at Luther King House, Manchester

Click here to reach the report! (This report is freely available)

The following list links to five further reports from Conference 2017 . Items 2-4 cover the three main sessions

(Please note, access to these documents requires a password, available with membership of SRN)

  1. Introduction to Manchester, Bishop David.
  2. Whose body is grievable? Session One
  3. The precarious body in the outer estate. Session Two
  4. The precarious body as glorious other. Session Three
  5. Community sponsorship of refugees

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New Year’s Honour – awarded to Wendy Coombey

Congratulations to Wendy Coombey!

New Year Honour for Diocese Support Minister
Congratulations to our Community Partnership and Funding Officer Wendy Coombey whose work has been recognised by the Queen.

Wendy has been awarded an MBE for services to churches in the New Year’s Honours list.

Speaking about the award Wendy said: “I’m moved that my friends and colleagues have put me forward to receive this award.

“To be recognised by them means so much, but I couldn’t do my work in isolation, so I see this as recognition for all the volunteers, the communities across Herefordshire and South Shropshire, all the PCC’s and Christian communities that work so hard to look after their Church buildings, or serve the people in their villages and towns across the Diocese.”

Click here to read more about it!

(Thank you to David Primrose for sending this info)

New Year’s Honour – awarded to Nadine Daniel

Congratulations to Nadine Daniel!

Nadine Daniel was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to Interfaith and Community Relations in Merseyside, in the 2018 New Year’s Honours.

Nadine said, “I’m totally overwhelmed to receive it, especially after I had read the list and saw the work other people were being honoured for. ”

Click here to read more about it!

(Thank you to Alison Peacock for sending this info)

Tackling Modern day Slavery

Tackling Modern Day Slavery Amongst Homeless Individuals

As winter arrives, churches and communities across the UK are opening their churches and community centres and running night shelters to provide a warm bed to those who have nowhere else to go. But homeless people are still vulnerable to another danger: modern slavery.

That’s why The Clewer Initiative has worked together with Housing Justice, as well as Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass, to produce a video on modern slavery and homelessness.

Homeless people across the UK are being targeted by people who want to exploit them for profit. They will recruit them on the streets, at soup kitchens, and at night shelters, promising them a job and a place to stay.

“When people are in such a desperate situation, you’re at such a low ebb in terms of your confidence, self-esteem, your self-worth, and you’re prime to being exploited.”

— Mark Brennan, Shelter Projects Coordinator, Housing Justice

Watch the video here!

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

10.30 am for 11 am – 4 pm, Tuesday 28 November 2017

At the Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, Sheffield

There will be a wide range of speakers including practitioners, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing expertise and ideas.

Cost: £48.00

Book now using this link…

Rural Resource Churches

A day conference to learn more about and explore the opportunities for resource churches in rural areas of England. There will be plenty of time for discussion and opportunity to hear from those who are already working in this way. Confirmed speakers include Rachel Jordan-Wolf (Mission and Evangelism), Stephen Mawditt (Fountains of Life), Pete Atkins (Threshold), Barry Hill (Leicester) and the Church Army Research Unit. There will be a short video of the story of Latimer Minster. Full programme to follow. We are making use of the wonderful hospitality of the Church Army Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield, 10.30 am for 11 am start, with the day finishing at 4 pm. A hot lunch will be provided.

Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson
National Rural Officer
Mission and Public Affairs, Archbishops’ Council
c/o Germinate: Arthur Rank Centre
Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth
Warwickshire, CV8 2LG