Faith Pictures – a fresh way to talk about things that matter

Faith Pictures

If you are looking for a gentle, humorous and light-hearted course to run with a small church group we think you will like Faith Pictures.

This 6 week has been designed by the Church Army. You can find out more about it on https://www.churcharmy.org/Groups/266913/Church_Army/ms/Faith_Pictures/Faith_Pictures.aspx

The idea of the course is to help Christians talk to our friends, neighbours and anyone we know about what we believe. There are a couple of short introductory videos on the website which explain a bit about the course.

Resources are free to download though you will need to sign up to access the next 5 sessions.

Whilst it is not possible to meet as groups in church at the moment or in each others’ homes, it would be possible to share this course on the internet if you can access Zoom or a similar on-line platform for sharing.

Residential Conferences return for Leading your Church into Growth

Leading Your Church Into Growth

Government guidelines and restrictions remain firmly in place whilst COVID-19 is with us for our safety.

As restrictions ease the organisers of Leading your Church onto Growth look forward to being able to offer residential conferences again in October and November. Conferences will be hosted by the Christian Conference Trust (CCT) who will ensure that the conferences will adhere to the current safety guidelines.

If you are interested in finding more please visit https://www.leadingyourchurchintogrowth.org.uk/

More about Leading your Church into Growth

The purpose of LYCiG is encourage and equip local churches to grow spiritually and in numbers. People on the team come from all kinds of churches from urban to rural, high, low, evangelical, Catholic all with a desire to lead more people to Jesus.

Robin Gamble leads the team and gives a very practical, friendly and warm welcome to conferences. You can find out more about the organisation here

Follow LYCiG on Facebook to access free up-to-date resources and to meet members of the team.

Introducing Laurie Green Founder of NECN

Founder of NECN

A very handy resource for any estate church leader or practitioner is Laurie Lee’s blog on how to do theology. The website is lauriegreen.org.

This way of reflecting theologically on situations starts not with books but with actual experience. It is called the Pastoral Cycle. Below is his diagram outlining the process.

Theological Reflection

Laurie gives a very clear introduction into what this process means in his short video on https://www.lauriegreen.org/theology-1/contextual%20theology.html

He has written a book on this called ‘Lets Do Theology’. Theology is there for all of us to do, not just for academics. God is calling poor people especially to have a go at doing theology because we may not be rich but we have a rich amount of experience to reflect upon and we still have our faith, just like Jesus did when he became incarnate and lived for 30 years before he started preaching.

As you will be well aware coming from an estate does not preclude anyone from being academic.  For those of you who wish to go deeper Laurie provides links to plenty of additional papers to contextual theology on https://www.lauriegreen.org/theology-1/index.html

He also provides links to his summaries of theology books on areas of doctrine, mission, the Bible, the church and theological reflection, especially in the context of ministry on the estates https://www.lauriegreen.org/books/laurie%27s%20library.html 

There are some very useful books on this list but most importantly of all, all of us from estates can all do theology, starting with an open heart and our experience.

‘This estate we’re in’ by Al Barrett

This Estate We're In

From time to time it is good to stimulate  ideas and our own theological reflections on living and working as communities on estates and urban areas. This is especially important at the moment when face-to-face meetings are limited due to COVID-19.

In this section of our blog we hope to signpost you to other excellent blogs by estate churches leaders and practitioners.

Our first estate church leader we’d like to introduce you to is Al Barrett, an Anglican priest and dad who has been living in Hodge Hill on the edge of East Birmingham since 2010.

Al’s blog, ‘This estate we’re in’ is a theological reflection of day-to-day life on an urban outer estate in the West midlands.

It is beautifully crafted and contains  honest thoughts and feelings about our common experience, ideas for praying for the community, even if you are still unable to go out, prayers, poems, artwork from estates and extensive recommended reading where appropriate. Al also helpfully lists other really good blogs he follows which you might find useful for further ideas and future conversations.

Some of the liturgy to pray with have been composed with the aid of Ruth Harley, who is currently training for ordained ministry at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham, with a call to living on estates.

As a taster, have a look at Al’s recent post, Living through liminal times

This post is about living through the wilderness experience of the pandemic, the pain involved and a call to explore new possibilities in these uncertain times. We’re giving away no more spoilers on here…you will just have to check out his blog for yourself!

Virus as Portal

Vacancy: Oversight Minister East Central Rotherham Mission Area

 

 

An exciting new stipendiary role has been created in an established mission area of three parishes serving a diverse socio-economic context.

The Diocese of Sheffield is looking for a priest with a passion for urban mission and a commitment to work creatively to meet new challenges. With Lowest Income Communities funding, they are able to make this new appointment to be based at St James Clifton, one of the most deprived parishes in the diocese, sharing with an ordained colleague in the oversight of the parish churches of Clifton, Herringthorpe and Whiston.

The successful candidate will be licensed as Priest in Charge of Clifton and Associate Priest at Herringthorpe and Whiston, and will nurture the whole people of God to realise the Diocesan strategy to be a flourishing and generous diocese that is Renewed, Released and Rejuvenated.

To view the advert please click on the link to the PDF below:

Oversight Minister

FOR AN INFORMAL CHAT, CONTACT:

Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham, the Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain 07740 198806

FOR AN INFORMATION PACK VISIT:

www.sheffield.anglican.org/clergy-vacancies

Please send completed applications to The Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham at archdeacons.office@Sheffield.anglican.org by 5:00pm on Thursday 1st October.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 22nd October .

This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

Inspiring Everyday Faith Webinar

Inspiring Everyday Faith

Inspiring Everyday Faith: Accelerating Change 

Thursday 25 June 2020, 12.00 – 1.45pm 

 

  • How do leaders help steer churches through adaptive change?

 

  •    How do whole church communities become invested in a corporate sense of mission?

 

  • How do church cultures better enable and engage Christians in our Kingdom callings?

 

Such questions are at the forefront of many conversations at this time. The good news is that we are not short of options in how to support leaders and churches through times of accelerating change. This webinar will feature insights on how to lead well in times of accelerating change with contributors from The Arthur Rank Centre, CPAS, Jesus Shaped People, LICC, Mother’s Union and more.

 

Thousands of churches all over the country are engaged in nurturing cultures to inspire everyday faith. This webinar looks specifically at the role Christian agencies and networks play as strategic partners for dioceses and close accompaniers for worshiping communities.  It will feature practical examples of processes for transformation in worshipping communities and in enabling change through investing in collaborative leadership.

 

The Inspiring Everyday Faith webinar series shares ideas, innovations and insights from the work of Setting God’s People Free.  SGPF was set up in 2017 to coordinate work across dioceses to better enable the whole people of God to live out our faith in everyday life.  This work involves supporting worshiping communities to better engage in the task of inspiring everyday faith, adapting through small shifts and adopting new practices.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Reality Same Mission booklet launched for Churches Today

Estate Church Mission

We’re pleased and excited to announce the launch today of a new URC resource booklet ‘New reality, same mission: A stimulus to renewed community engagement as we emerge from the pandemic’:

https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3483-new-reality-same-mission-churches-encouraged-to-renew-community-engagement-as-we-emerge-from-the-pandemic

 

The resource is complementary to the Ready for the new ‘normal’ booklet produced last month by the URC Synod Moderators, and uses questions in that paper as its starting-point. It was put together by a small team from the Mission and Discipleship departments, along with three URC Church Related Community Workers and Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty.

 

The booklet offers a process for exploring questions of community presence and engagement and social justice in the “new normal” and developing new priorities for mission and ministry. Reflection is also invited about the kind of society and economy that we want to rebuild after the pandemic. It features examples of how churches around the UK are already an active presence in their communities in many different ways, and points to resources and organisations that can provide advice and support.

 

The booklet can be downloaded via this link: https://urc.org.uk/images/Communications/docs/New-reality-same-Mission.pdf.

Please have a read and if appropriate, please circulate it around your colleagues and networks; it’s a natural part of our URC-DNA to be as ecumenical as possible.  I’ll also be interested in your response about the booklet.

 

The resource will be accompanied by some conversation-starter videos and, in a few weeks, a webinar to enable to discussion to continue. Further details will be available at: https://urc.org.uk/same-mission

 

We hope it proves a useful resource for individuals, churches and church leaders, and an encouragement as we seek to discern how to use our time, resources and energies to offer prophetic hope in uncertain and challenging times.

Steve Summers | Church Related Community Work (CRCW) Development Worker

(On behalf of Simeon Mitchell, Simon Peters, Niall Cooper, Marie Trubic, Simon Loveitt, Katy Ollerenshaw, and Sam Richards)

Free Webinar for Churches Responding to Homelessness

This is a  call to alms – Zoominar with the Rt Rev Bishop Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington.

Free webinar – Wednesday 3rd June, 3 or 6 pm

For Churches wanting to engage with the homeless in response to COVID-19

To register for this event please visit:

https://www.hopeintoaction.org.uk/a-call-to-alms-zoominar

Why do churches need to be concerned?

Thousands of ‘rough-sleepers’ have been moved off the streets into hotels. But where will they go next? Night-shelters may not be deemed safe to re-open. Additionally unemployment is up by over 1 million. Domestic violence up.

Homelessness charity

Vicar wanted! St John’s Bransholme, Hull

 

Are you up for a challenge? Do you believe God can transform even the toughest of situations? If not, read no further!

Bransholme is a large outer estate parish of over 13,000 people in East Hull, with all the opportunities and difficulties that such places offer. We have a small but committed congregation who believe that God has great plans for us. We have major problems with our building and are looking to re-shape and renew it over the next 5 years.

Our community needs someone who will love them and be committed to them; our church needs this too plus a leader who can help us to realise all of the God-given opportunities around us. We are quite informal in the way we do church and are looking for a Vicar who can cope with a bit of chaos and uncertainty.

We are seeking a new Vicar who will :

  •  Be full of courage, love and faith
  •  Be outward looking, leading us in mission and evangelism
  • Care for our congregation and community
  • Bring direction to our building project

We believe that God is calling someone to join us who will make a real difference to our parish. We can’t promise it will all be easy but we’ll pray for you, support you when its tough and rejoice at what we see God do through you. We can’t wait to meet you!

Informal enquiries are welcome. Please contact:

The Ven Andy Broom, Archdeacon of the East Riding T: 01482 881659

The Parish Profile and further details can be found at:

https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/job-vacancies

Getting Creative with Good News

Brunswick Parish Church in Manchester have been sharing how they have been creative in keeping the church community going.

Cake Fairies

One way they have been reaching is by the Cake Fairies delivering cakes to elderly or vulnerable people. You can read more about this story on this link https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events/the-cake-fairies-have-been-at-it-again

‘Altogether Church’ services are running via Zoom on Sundays which you can find out how to join if you click here

Junior and Senior Sunday School and the Young People’s group have kept going thanks to some brilliant resources made for home use. If you would like to find out more about these and to watch a great homemade movie visit https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events/sunday-school-continues-just-not-necessarily-on-sunday

Brunswick Parish Church are also doing lot of ‘Mission With stuff such as hosting free takeaway hot meals supplied by ‘Feed My City’ (‘Brunswick Beestro’) and have individuals involved with Ardwick Mutual Aid Group.

For more details visit https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events#

Creative Church

How is your church responding to COVID-19 on your estate? What good news have you to share about how God is at work in your community? Please do get in touch with us as we would love to hear your story and to put it out there.