Worship, Reflection & Prayer Resources

Below you will find a number of liturgies and prayers to use for children and families on estates.

House Blessing Liturgy

 

House Blessing

Debbie Collins from Holy Cross, Billesley has created this lovely liturgy for a house blessing.  Please visit https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/house-blessing-liturgy/

Or, you can download a PDF file from the link below:

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Postcards – Reflective Exercise

Postcards

Ruth Atkinson at St Michael’s, Bartley Green has provided us with this excellent resource.  Collect postcards or the pictures from Christmas Cards and use them in the attached reflective exercise either with children or adults.

To get you started please download the PDF below for suggested questions that you might ask children:

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You can read more about Ruth’s reflections on this activity on https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/postcards-reflective-exercise/

 

Estate Baptism Liturgy

Baptism Liturgy

St Peter’s Church, Balkwell have worked really hard to adapt a Baptism Liturgy to make Baptism a more welcoming and affirming sacrament for families from the estate who came to the church. You can download it from

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To find out more about the practicalities for arranging a Baptism Liturgy please visit https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/estate-baptism-liturgy/

 

A Christian Meal Time Celebration

Click on the image below to download an enjoyable way of praying when having a meal as a family or Christian community:

A Christian Meal
A Christian community mealtime celebration

 

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ.

To find the latest resources for Lockdown visit https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

Try Praying

Try Praying

 

Try Praying is a booklet to help people who are not religious to pray.  You can also download a free 7 day app from https://www.trypraying.co.uk/

The website also features encouraging stories of people who have had the courage to pray with amazing results.

HOPE for all – Estates Magazine

CHECK THIS OUT! HOPE for all magazine full of helpful articles, encourages stories and all the cost of postage! Watch the clip below to find out more.

To claim your free copies go to https://hopetogether.org.uk/Shop/Products/500233/Hope_Together/Magazines/Hope_for_All.aspx    use the code ESTATES2020.

New ‘Mission on the Margins’ Training

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I am pleased to let you know about a new Mission on the Margins Practitioner track. Urban Life have been developing this with St Hild and we will commence accepting students in September.

Mission on the Margins is designed for people who are involved in mission and ministry in marginal contexts and with marginalised communities. We offer a wide range of modules and a flexibility that enables participants to discover the best learning path for them. Participants can be accredited at MA, postgraduate and graduate level or you can follow a non-accredited path. Modules are taught through a mixture of online seminars, further reading and in person sessions at St Hild’s Sheffield and Mirfield centres. I’ve attached a flyer that gives you more information or you can visit www.sthild.org/practitioner-tracks.

We believe that the training we are offering will enable participants to engage in learning that will increase their understanding of their practice. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask.

 

Kids Matter – Working with Estate Churches

Kids Matter has a vision to see every child in need raised in a strong family. We engage local churches to use relational, evidence informed programmes to equip parents and carers in the community who are facing disadvantages with confidence, competence and community enabling their children to thrive. Everything we do is focused on the country’s vulnerable children. We train peer facilitators from churches and they provide ongoing support and supervision to run the programme, help churches connect with new families and to support churches to continue to build relationships with families who have been on the programme.
The parenting groups are small with no more than 4 – 8 parents. The atmosphere is informal, it is always sitting around a table together over coffee, tea and pastries, working together with user-friendly and evidence-informed booklets, all led by the trained peer facilitator from the local church. The programme has been adapted so that it can run via group video calls, along with the facilitator training which is also available online. Even though currently we can’t all sit around a table with tea and coffee we still very much encourage our facilitators to create a warm hospitable atmosphere through zoom, one facilitator even delivered biscuits to each of the participants homes beforehand

You can find out all about kids matter here (www.kidsmatter.org) where you will also find free resources that you can use with families.

Here are few comments on the impact of Kids Matter parenting programmes.

‘These weeks have been a real journey for our family, my 4 year old now says ‘I love you mummy’, he never used to do that before.’

‘It’s helped me massively to realise it’s ok to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Talking to others and realising I am not alone’

‘I realised the importance of eating together as a family we never did that when I was growing up and I felt like my mum didn’t know me.’

‘Kids Matter has proved to be an excellent way to help churches engage with families and caregivers, particularly in areas where family life is a struggle. I would recommend any church looking to ­nd ways to connect with parents in their parish to explore Kids Matter.’ Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin. Bishop of Kensington

Join us ONLINE for Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference

Join us ONLINE for Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference

 

We’re excited that Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference is moving online on Thursday 25 June.

We are seizing the opportunity to gather to explore the possibilities and challenges of multiplying disciples, churches and networks in this new reality. We are bringing together movement leaders and speakers from England and further afield, as well as testimonies from church planters who are breaking new ground.

Date:
Thursday 25 June

Timings:
Morning main sessions

Afternoon interactive options

(more details to follow)

Format:
Join us online to hear movement leaders andspeakers presented on YouTube and via Zoom, along with seminars and stories from church planters.

We are creating an online experience to equip, stimulate and inspire you for the next season of ministry. Learning together, we will explore turning increased online attendance into discipleship, growth and multiplying churches.

More details to follow on speakers, interactive seminars and making the most of our time together.

Book on now to get the early bird rate.

With every blessing and prayers for you and your families at this time,

Bishop Ric and the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication

Book tickets

Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference
Online Tickets

Early bird: £20
(ends midnight of 30/04/2020)

Full price: £25

Group ticket for team of 10: £75

Ordinand/Student: £10

Children and Families in Estates – Coronavirus Opportunities

Curbs work with Children and Families in Urban, Estate and marginalised communities. Giving support, providing resources and offering training opportunities. As we negotiate these unprecedented times, I wonder if you are able to connect with Children and Families in your estate? If you are, we would love to hear about it, perhaps interview you and share your story with others to give encouragement. One such good news opportunity has been created by a church in Plaistow to continue connecting with their Friday night club. Why not check out the www.curbsproject.org.uk for their story and access to the resources they have made.
To share your inspiring stories, ask questions or find out about what else is going on email sarajb@hotmail.co.uk
Or phone 07766020524
Or follow on facebook @curbsproject

Support for Children and Young People during COVID-19

St. Nicholas Church, Kings Norton

I am offering family worship on a Sunday, a daily craft and two lots of bed time stories live each day.  Parish wise we have evening and morning prayer each day and worship on a Sunday.  We are contacting everyone we have details for and where we have had postal addresses has sent postcards.

Pauline Weaver, St. Nicholas Church, Kings Norton

Support for Children
St Nicholas Church

Sport4Life

Sport4Life’s new delivery model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home — read more about it below

Support for Young People

While it remains unclear as to what the immediate future will bring, we are adapting the way we work to ensure we can continue to support young people, at a time when they need us the most.

This new model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Moving mentoring online

Mentoring Young People

Online mentoring through Google Hangouts and other virtual platforms, connects young people (aged 11-29) with experienced Sport 4 Life UK mentors to support them in making confident and informed decisions about their future.

Online mentoring is a supportive, structured relationship which helps young people develop skills and achieve their goals.

FREE offer to schools

Support for young people

With the closure of schools, colleges, and increased social distancing and isolation measures, we need to find new ways of supporting young people.

Online mentoring with Sport 4 Life UK is a FREE service for schools, helping to provide one-to-one support and structure to pupils (aged 11+), increase self-confidence and improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Using a variety of online and distance learning approaches, Sport 4 Life UK will work with schools to support the most vulnerable individual students staying at home, or provide group activities for those still in the classroom.

To learn more visit https://sport4life.org.uk/young-people/mentoring-support-for-schools/

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT YESTERDAY’S PROBLEM

Online qualifications with FREE bursaries

We need to make the most of our time in isolation, and there has never been a better time to learn a new skill or gain a qualification. It’s likely that after social isolation and distancing measures are over, the job market will be more competitive than ever. Give your CV a boost and yourself the edge by applying for one of the following qualifications:

  • Teaching Assistant with SEN focus
  • Car Mechanic training
  • Office Admin and Reception skills
  • British Sign Language Level 1 & 2
  • Nail Technician Online Diploma
  • Accountancy
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business and Admin Level 2
  • Working in the Health Sector Level 2
  • Beginners Guide to Property

Social media challenges

From toilet roll challenges to daily workout routines, we are encouraging people to get creative and active whilst at home.

We’re also running online workshops to support job searching, what makes a good CV and many more.

Help us spread the word by sharing, liking and engaging with our daily posts:

https://sport4life.org.uk