Recent Items: Resources

This is just a selection of the vast array of SR resources available. For a more complete catalogue and to discuss where best to spend your time, contact your local member of SRN.

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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Sharing the Gift Of Meditation

Grant Fund:
Sharing the Gift of Christian Meditation

CUF is working with the World Community for Christian Meditation on this small grants fund to enable more people to find out about meditation, help them develop their own personal and group practices and through this, reach out to the wider world.

The fund has three key objectives:

  1. To promote the understanding and practice of meditation. For example, is there a particular group of people you want to introduce to meditation? How can you do that?
  2. To encourage meditators to deepen their practice. For example, do you have ideas for helping people persevere and go deeper?
  3. To reach out to all parts of society in order to share the gifts that meditation brings. For example, do you particularly want to take meditation out to people and places beyond the reach of churches, or where traditional language isn’t readily understood.

Grants are available from £100 to £5,000 or more.

Further information is available here (Click!)

This information came from – Amy Page
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, CUF

A Prayer for World Mental Health Day

By Alison Webster

God of compassion,
You meant us to be both fragile and ordinary.
Silence the voices that say we are not good enough,
Haven’t achieved enough,
Haven’t enough to show for our lives,
That we are not enough.
Help us to know that we are treasure,
We are prized,
We are cherished,
We are loved.
Infinitely.
By you.
So be with us in our corrugations of feeling:
When our hearts are in downward freefall, be with us
When our minds race with anxiety, be with us
When our throats close in fear, be with us
When sleep will not come, be with us
When waking hurts, be with us.
In the name of Jesus,
Who knew trauma, abuse, despair and abandonment
And has nothing but love for us,
Amen.

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Calling People of Goodwill

The Bible Reading Fellowship

Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

We are living in turbulent times with religious, political and social divisions challenging our identity and common life. So what kinds of conversation and encounter will help us move forward? The common good is a means to seek the welfare of all people and this new Booklet from Bible Society in collaboration with Together for the Common Good, explores how Christians of all traditions, can build the common good – both now, and for future generations.

Looking at what the Bible can show us about the common good, we have chosen six short passages from the Old and New Testaments which prompt reflection, discussion, prayer and action.

It isn’t easy to respond to God’s call to live for the common good. It requires us to be people with the courage to stay in the room, negotiate and keep dialogue going by recognising the humanity of everyone, including those with whom we disagree. This is a Booklet for our times.

Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

Available @ £3.99 from: biblesociety.org.uk/commongood

Follow us on social media using: #commongood

Bible Fellowship


Prayer for use in Dementia week

God of hope and resurrection,
you know us better than we know ourselves,
and draw us to peace and wholeness in your love.
We remember before you
those who are unable to remember their own lives.
Guard and treasure their lost memories for them,
and hold their past in your safe hands,
that when the death of the body comes,
you may bring them to the full life of the resurrection,
restore and heal the memories of their lives,
and give them back to themselves,
that we with them may rejoice in your love,
and find the fullness of life in your presence,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Thank you to Doug Chaplin, Worcester Diocese for permission  to publish this prayer.

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SRN GUIDANCE FOR NEW SROS

Guidelines for Social Responsibility Staff

This document provides guidance for new SROs and for those responsible for appointing SROs.

Download the Staff Guidelines (21/05/2002)

Please note that these guidelines are in the process of being revised. The most important update to note is that the principle national SR officers are now part of Mission and Public Affairs Division, for more information about MPA Division go to (the link was broken and therefore removed, Webmaster DJS Jan 2018)

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Prayer for National Carer’s Week

Blessing for a home carer

In your devoted but demanding ministry,
may you receive God’s blessing and be a blessing in return to the one you care for.
When exhaustion overwhelms you,
may God renew your vigour.
When patience is tested, may he grant fortitude.
When all seems bleak, may he shed light.
When tears flow, may he bring comfort.
May you and your loved one know his peace,
receive his strength and experience his love,
surrounding and supporting you always
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen


Taken from,˜God bless you” by Nick Fawcett.
ISBN 1-84417-362-3. Publisher Kevin Mayhew.
Used on this website with permission from the publisher.
For any other use, permission must be obtained from the copyright department via info@kevinmayhew.com

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Prayer of St Francis

Credit Unions

The Credit Union Movement has always stressed the all humanity are brothers and sisters and puts this ideal into practice in the economic field. No words have expressed this idea more beautifully or more meaningfully than the Prayer of St. Francis which has since been widely recognised as the official prayer of the Credit Union Movement.

LORD
Make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving, that we receive
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned
And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.

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Lent Material – Seeking the Common Good

I wonder if you could circulate this around the SR network, please. The Worcester Diocesan Lent Course Seeking the Common Good is now available on our website, if anyone is interested, or receives queries from people asking for study material which relates to election or good society / common good themes in advance of the election.

Click to access this resource!

Yours, Doug

Doug Chaplin
Mission Development Officer

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HOLY INNOCENTS VIGIL: PRAYER FOR CHILD VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Prayer for victims of childhood sexual abuse on Holy Innocents day (28 December-annually)

Churches are asked to hold a vigil on Holy Innocents Day for victims of childhood sexual abuse . For town centre churches this may mean being open with prayer activities for people to join in as they are able, from 12.00 noon until 3.00 pm. Other churches may hold a special evening service. Material in this post is freely available for download and adaptation.

Rebecca M. Hodel-Jones writes …
In 2012, in response to revelations about the heinous crimes of sexual abuse against children a body of material was put together in conjunction with WATCH Membership and the Social Responsibility Network.
Vigils were held on Holy Innocents Day, 28 December 2012. The church’s message of support for the survivors of abuse being made explicit through holding the vigils on that particular day in the church calendar.
Vigils were held again in subsequent years.

The body of material is available here (see below).

Alongside this is the suggestion that as individuals or at a small gathering in the home a used candle might be taken and re- lit. There will surely be plenty of used candles around after Christmas. As we know, much abuse takes place in the privacy of the home. As this act of devotion is carried out and the candle is relit in support of those who have suffered sexual abuse as children the reflection may well be that once re-lit a used candle burns just as brightly as a new one.

I commend to you, both holding a vigil and also the supportive material, and I ask that you might consider what could possibly prevent you from carrying out the simple yet powerfully symbolic act of devotion on Holy Innocent’s Day?

Rebecca M. Hodel-Jones Secretary for WATCH in West Yorkshire and the Dales.
email: rmhodel@btinternet.com

Material offered for a town centre church vigil

Invitation to town centre churches

Notes about suggested activities

Leaflet – support organisations for people who have been abused and suggested prayer

Notice – About Holy Innocents Day
Notice – Asking visitors to pray
Notice – Buttons as prayers for abused people
Notice – Candle prayer 1
Notice – Candle prayer 2
Notice – Stones as prayers for healing
Notice – Decision to stop abusing
Notice – Collection plate note

A liturgy to use as part of a vigil

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PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISSI

Credit unions

The Credit Union Movement has always stressed that all humanity are brothers and sisters and puts this ideal into practice in the economic field. No words have expressed this idea more beautifully or more meaningfully than the Prayer of St. Francis which has since been widely recognised as the official prayer of the Credit Union Movement.

LORD
Make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving, that we receive
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned
And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.