The Mentoring Advocacy Network is a project which promotes positive male role models whilst raising awareness of toxic views of masculinity.
They are hosting a series of webinars to raise awareness of and engage with men’s issues. The upcoming webinar will look at managing finances and mental health, particularly during the pandemic. Although the focus is on men’s mental health the webinar is open to everyone.
The free webinar on ‘Managing Finances and Your Mental Health’ is on 25th March at 1.00 pm.
To register for the event visit here:
Calling all urban church leaders and clergy! A wonderful opportunity to hear Bishop John Perumbalath speak on mission will take place at Birmingham Cathedral as part of a day commemorating the Christian socialist, Charles Gore. This will take place on Thursday 16th September from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm.
Register for free firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also be interested in the first annual Gore Lecture which will take place the same evening at 7.30 pm. For further details see https://estatechurches.org/category/events/
A new lecture series in memory of the first Bishop of Birmingham, Charles Gore, will be starting this September at Birmingham Cathedral.
Charles Gore was known for his concern for justice for people living in poverty in urban areas. When St. Philip’s Church became a cathedral he decided to allocate diocesan funds to meet social needs rather than on increasing the size of the building.
The free of charge evening ‘Anglican Social Vision: Past, Present and Future’ will be led by the Right Reverend John Perumbalath, Bishop of Bradwell.
Reserve your place by emailing email@example.com.
Ken Leech Memorial Lecture 2020 will be given by the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, on Tuesday 3rd November 2020, at 7.30.
Paul Bayes has been the Bishop of Liverpool since 2014. His ministry is marked by his concern for equality and justice.
The Lecture is held in memory of Father Ken Leech (1939-2015), who spent his whole ministry caring for the marginalised and disadvantaged. He authored many books on theology, pastoral care, and social justice.
To register visit:
The Strategic Development Unit are hosting a series of interviews on Zoom with practitioners from some of the Strategic Development Funding projects to share some of the stories of those involved. (Agi is also circulating details via Mission Network News.)
The first interview was held last Thursday 17 September. My colleague Tom Conway talked to Rob Fowler and Russel Baylis about their experiences of leading and supporting a church plant in Whitleigh, in Plymouth, as part of the outer estates planting SDF programme in Exeter diocese. If you were unable to join us for this interview, it is now available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GcnT-1X5xk
Later in the series, we will be featuring projects in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham dioceses.
A full list of future interviews, with the links to enable you to register live to watch the webinars (at which there will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions), is below.
Thursday 8 October at 12.30pm
This webinar will feature Manchester diocese’s project to establish small church plants in areas where there have been very low levels of engagement with the Church.
Thursday 15 October at 12.30pm
Tim Montgomery will talk about Liverpool diocese’s project to turn around mission and financial strength in Wigan. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6816003579899/WN_gFDrqFeISHCUEH7HyEWF7Q
Thursday 22 October at 12.30pm
Liz Dumain will talk about building intergenerational worship in Birmingham diocese
All of these interviews will be recorded and available for you to watch at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMwCFR_zx1Lsx1pp5ffRM4A .
At a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, what is the future for the national church? How should it respond to the intensifying social, material, and spiritual needs of the people it exists to serve? How has it adapted to declining levels of religious affiliation?
Drawing on three years of extensive research across the country, the GRA:CE Project – a partnership between Theos, Church Urban Fund, and the Church of England – seeks to address these core issues from a study of the relationship between church growth, discipleship and social action in the Church of England. It considers how the Church’s service to its local communities can enrich congregations, both numerically and in their discipleship. It does this through the distillation of over 300 interviews with clergy, lay people, and community members from over 60 communities across every Anglican diocese in England, as well as new analysis of national statistical data.
Uncovering how Anglican churches of all sizes, contexts, and traditions integrate social action and discipleship in creative and transformative ways, the GRA:CE Project provides critical insights into how churches can meaningfully engage with the needs of their communities, build strong relationships, and see their congregations grow both numerically and spiritually.
Join the GRA:CE Project for the launch of the research findings and recommendations, engage with expert panelists, and participate in this important conversation by clicking here.
Confirmed panelists are:
Dr. Grace Davie: Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Exeter and author of Religion in Britain since 1945: Believing without belonging
Rev Graham Hunter: vicar at St. John’s Hoxton
Rt Revd Philip North: Bishop of Burnley
Hannah Rich: Theos researcher and author of the report
Richard Springer: Rector at St George-in-the-East, Director of the Urban Leadership School at the Centre for Theology and Community, and Dean of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Ministry for the Stepney Area.
The event will held on Zoom, and there will be opportunity for audience Q&A. Information on how to access the Zoom event will be sent upon registration
The GRA:CE Project has been made possible by the generosity of the Sir Halley Stewart Trust and the Hartham Church Charitable Trust. It is an exciting three-year research programme that is exploring the relationship between social action, discipleship and church growth. To learn more visit https://cuf.org.uk/what-we-do/the-grace-project
The Transforming Shame Network facilitated by Catherine Matlock invites you to an on-line conference on Wednesday 14 October 9.30am-12.30pm to explore transformation of shame within the Christian faith.
The morning is for church leaders, pioneers and those engaged in mission to explore the issue of shame theologically and missionally. It will be both an introduction to the concept of shame in faith contexts, as well as an opportunity for deeper learning and sharing for those already aware of the impact of this issue.
They have a wonderful group of speakers, offering us a range of perspectives, including shame within the bible, mission, sexuality and race, with space for questions and discussion. There will also be creative sessions, for example Harry Baker, a much loved slam poet.
Please find out more details and register using the link below:
The Church of England Strategic Development Funding supports projects which make a significant difference to the mission of its diocese.
They are hosting a series of Zoom interviews with some of the practitioners from Strategic Development Funding projects on Thursday lunchtimes throughout September and October. The first of these is on Thursday 17th September at 12.30pm and will be a conversation with Rob Fowler about his experiences of leading a church plant in Whitleigh, in Plymouth. Whitleigh is an estate parish and Rob’s experiences will include the highlights and challenges of working on an estate.
To register to watch live, where you’ll be able to submit questions, please click here:
The session will be recorded to watch afterwards. Some of the future conversations will also be with estate parish ministers and we can share the information if you are interested.
The link to register is here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4515996685509/WN_xi_vMkdCT7SDQffZSEQBKQ
Most of you will probably know that the current Bishop’s Mission Order at St Michael’s, Sheerwater ends after 5 years, on 31 May 2021 and that a new BMO can only be put in place, with Gillaine as the Leader, if substantial finances are found. We are in negotiations with Woking Borough Council for a brand new community building as part of the Regeneration on Sheerwater. We’re hoping to bring MASCOT (our community charity) under our roof and create a café area, a workshop and multiple rooms in which we can continue to worship and serve the people of Sheerwater.
One of the fundraising initiatives is this virtual art exhibition from 3 friends of St Michael’s who are donating 50% of their sales directly to the church. Buying something beautiful and original from our website not only helps to continue mission and ministry in an area of high deprivation, but also supports artists in lockdown. New artists will be added each month.
Christmas is coming or maybe you just need to brighten your home now you’ve stared at the same pictures for 6 months! Either way, please take a look, share with your contacts and help us to realise our vision by securing the next phase of the BMO.
Do contact Tracey in the office, or me, if you need any further information.
With our deepest thanks for your prayers and support.
Rev’d Gillaine Holland
St Michael’s Shared Church
The office is manned by our Administrator, Tracey Francis from 9am-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10am-3pm on Wednesdays.