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Community Engagement – Livability

Mental Health in the community

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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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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 this report in full follow this link!

(The report contains further links to a multitude of other relevant information ! – DJS Jul 2018)

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 (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,

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

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