Weekly e-bulletin from Sheffield – 27 November 2018
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
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“More than four hundred thousand children do not have a bed of their own, forcing many to share or sleep on the floor. Gerri McAndrew from the charity Buttle UK and Assistant Head Teacher Bex Wilson, who realised one of her own pupils was having to sleep on the floor, discuss.” Quote from BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour, Sat 4 Aug 2018, 4.00 pmLink to BBC Radio 4 to listen!
WAKE UP CALL Half a million British children don’t have their own bed so help us change that with our Beds For Kids campaign We need your help to give every single child a place to sleep tight Ruth Harrison, The Sun, 5 May 2018Read the full article in the Sun!
Be aware! Some readers may find neighboring articles in the Sun unacceptableLink to charity ‘Buttle UK’, web site to apply for help! end of post
Mental Health in the community
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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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.”
(The report contains further links to a multitude of other relevant information ! – DJS Jul 2018)
Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)
This link comes from the September 2017 edition of PRAXIS news
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 www.linkvisiting.org/challenge and information about setting up a befriending project can be found at www.linkvisiting.org/national-scheme/setting-up-a-link-visiting-scheme/ Getting started case studies from churches that have set up a project in partnership with Link Visiting Scheme are available at http://linkvisiting.org/category/getting-started/
TOYOURCREDIT June 2015
We had an excellent day seminar on migration last week (June 2015), 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:
Click for their home page!
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, Steven.
Canon Steven Saxby,
Text: 078 5555 1050
If you haven’t already seen it, this is a good You Tube video of the Shrinking the Footprint conference – with some faces you might recogise!