Just a reminder of this excellent day with Mike Chew, Mark Ireland, Peter Hill and their team.
For a second year running, Mike Chew, Peter Hill and Mark Ireland are organising a MAP study day for diocesan missioners and facilitators. The first one was help in September last year and it proved useful for sharing both progress to date and future plans.
The output led to new insights and fresh material being added to the 'churchmaps.co.uk' website.
Arrangements are now being made for this year's study day - to be held on Thursday 12th November at Mark Ireland’s church, All Saints, Church Street, Wellington (near Telford).
Coffee will be available from 10.30am, and the programme will start at 11am and finish by 3pm.
The day will begin with short presentations about the latest news about use of MAP, then there will be workshops on topics selected by participants. Handouts will be available.
All Saints is adjacent to Wellington railway station with a half-hourly service to Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Wellington is 5 minutes drive from the M54. Bring a packed lunch (or alternatively, there are coffee shops and sandwich bars close by) and drinks will be provided.
There will be a fee of £10 to cover expenses, payable on the day.
Participants will also be able to purchase a copy of Mike and Mark's new book "How to do Mission Action Planning", which is due for publication on November 19th.
Please would those are interested in attending email the organising team via their website (www.churchmaps.co.ukand click on 'email us') and you will receive more details and a booking form.
Karen Carter has just been appointed Media Officer for Fresh Expressions and one of Karen’s first tasks will be to determine which fresh expression of church has the first Bishop’s Mission Order awarded. We know of one signing due to take place on 8th November. Does anyone know of one before then, or indeed one already signed?
Founded by Ian Knox who has handed the baton to the excellent Mark Greenwood, 40:3 Trust remains an evangelism resource for the whole church. Mark has a strategic vision and is available for a range of evangelistic events and training. More at their website http://www.fortythreetrust.com/; meanwhile here are a couple of flyers as samples.
Mike Collyer of Church Army's The Sheffield Centre has written a guest blog for Share, asking if aging church congregations should be seen as a problem or a challenge. He points out that 'our aged congregations are an untapped resource for mission in reaching not only their own peer group, but also the younger generation'. This is a follow-up to Mike Collyer's recent blog, called 'The invisible generation'. To read and comment on this blog, as well as see an archive of past blogs, visit:www.sharetheguide.org/blog
Basically, I find in the madness of daily ministry that I have need to dialogue and discuss certain issues but the opportunity isn’t always there. Although forums are a place where we can discuss stuff and get a bit of stimulation, fun and challenge from others sadly I’ve been on a few Christian forums and found that generally they just weren’t Christian in the way they dealt with each other and the conversations left a lot to be desired. I came away more stressed than blessed.
I wanted to find a place where Christians (lay or in some form of ministry) could discuss what we do and how our life and ministry was going, share good and bad practice and find somewhere to just chat without all the dross and so Cavedwellers came into being.
Membership is by recommendation and invitation (such as this) rather than generally having people just signing up. This serves a couple of purposes in that it keeps the bots and other internet detritus off the forum and also ensures that some of the people who might otherwise join to troll and create mayhem are not present.
Unlike some, Cavedwellers is not a campaigning forum, merely a Christian one! Why not give it a try?
To complement The Adventures of Mary and Joseph – The Road Movie we have also produced a set of creative activities to use in conjunction with each of the nine videos. These will enable children and adults to work with the Christmas story in a thoughtful and fun way. These additional resources can be found at:
If you’re looking for a gift that will make people happy this Christmas, you won’t do better than a copy of the new book The 8 Secrets of Happiness. And from now until Christmas it costs even less with all orders of 10 or more receiving a 30%* discount.
Combining current research, real life stories, and practical next steps, The 8 Secrets of Happiness is aimed at those on the fringe or even outside of ordinary church life. Whether or not the reader is interested in spirituality, this book engages with issues they will care about, such as where to find joy, coping with stress and how to spend their time. But even as readers discover how to apply the secrets of happiness to their daily lives, they will be challenged to consider the spiritual issues related to each principle.
Churches have already begun placing bulk orders of The 8 Secrets of Happiness to use with theirmums and toddlers groups. This approachable new book will help meet the need for connecting with the people not yet ready for Alpha.
The 8 Secrets of Happiness, written by author and speaker Dr Martin Robinson and writer and broadcaster Paul Griffiths, is published by Lion Hudson. Reviews and additional information are available at www.the8secretsofhappiness.org.uk
Buy this book and you are guaranteed to make someone happy this Christmas. As said by the authors, “Buy The 8 Secrets of Happiness and you will certainly make us happy!”
Church Army Evangelist, Colin Brown, has written the latest Share blog, called: 'Living on the edge for the sake of the gospel'. Writing from personal experience, he concludes that being on the edge means that sometimes we have to live with the paradox of being of the church, but often not physically in it. Colin admits he felt ‘dislocated’ from inherited church and its models of worship and ministry. To read the blog and leave a comment, visit:www.sharetheguide.org/blog/
On October 1 the second phase of the Weddings Project began. The Project team is rolling out the story, the system and the stance of the Project (which aims to help the church focus its mission in late Christendom and reaches well beyond weddings) to participating dioceses across the country.
Paul Bayes is seconded to the Project for three and a half days a week, and - great news - we have been able to increase Rachel Jordan's time at the national desk to three and a half days a week too. Laura Caddell and her colleagues at NJC continue to resource and support us administratively.
The first two objectives of the Archbishops' Council are:
To enhance the Church's mission by:
promoting spiritual and numerical growth
enabling and supporting the worshipping Church and encouraging and promoting new ways of being Church
The Mission and Evangelism desk works to these objectives.
So Rachel is leading on our liaison with Fresh Expressions and on the synodical follow-up work to "Mission-shaped church", and on the Youth Evangelism Fund. Also (in partnership with Bishop John Went and the planning group) Rachel is the focus person for the 2010 Missioners Conference. Rachel is involved in theological and ecumenical explorations of the mixed economy, the ecclesiology of Fresh Expressions, and ecumenical liaison on church planting work.
Alongside the Weddings Project roll-out Paul continues to lead on communicating and helping to shape the legal and financial framework for the mixed economy church. He focuses our work on the outputs and outcomes of our national research on English culture, spiritual seriousness and its impact on clergy selection and formation. He also continues to liaise ecumenically through the Group for Evangelisation, and to serve the College of Evangelists as a council member and the Back To Church Sunday initiative as a member of the leadership team.
Whenever possible one of us aims to be with diocesan missioners at their regional meetings. And both Paul and Rachel are available to diocesan mission staff for advice, conversation, prayer, coffee and Danish whenever we can be helpful...
Only two weeks to go: do join us for a Faith to Faith forum day ...
Britain – a Christian Country?
Faiths, Identity and Insecurity
Guest speakers Stuart Murray Williams and Philip Lewis
Does the presence of people of different faiths in Britain give rise to a crisis of identity within the Christian community (and indeed in society as a whole)? Did 'being British' ever relate to being Christian and, if so, should it continue to be so?In what sense, if any, can we call ourselves a 'Christian' country? How can we expect its culture, values and laws to remain based on our Christian heritage in the context of such pluralism?Is a 'Christian society' something Christians should work for and seek to defend anyway? How does this relate to the tolerant and welcoming attitude we are encouraged to have towards other faith communities?How would people of other faiths understand ‘being British’?
Explore these and related issues with our special guests :
Stuart Murray Williams who will speak from the perspective of what it might mean to live as a Christian in a post-Christian society and
Philip Lewis who will look at how the Muslim community views this tension and relates Islam to its own British identity.
Our Guest Speakers will address us in the morning and the rest of the day will include discussion groups, a panel with our guests and a closing reflection by John Corrie.
Date: Monday 5 October, 10.30am to 3.30pm
Venue: Church Mission Society, Watlington Road, OXFORD, OX4 6BZ
Cost: £20 Members and concessions, £30 non-Members.
Lunch: Please bring your own lunch or purchase in the CMS café or local supermarket.
For a flier, speaker profiles, online booking facilities and a postal booking form on the Global Connections website, please click here.Do join us for what we believe will be a challenging and exciting day!
HOPE published this book as part of the legacy of the 2008 initiative.
HOPE For The Future
To help resource mission activities for years to come, we have produced a brand new resource. We have added new content to all of the sections and also included several sections which were not included in the first book. We have also included the results of our independent evaluation prepared by Theos, so we can share with you what worked last year and what didn’t.
The new book costs £2.99 or £2 if you buy 10 or more! Get copies from www.wesleyowen.comand all Christian bookstores or by phoning 0800 83 43 15 ISBN 9781860245725
Jim Currin reviews it here:
Nearly 1500 groups of churches took part in the Hope08 initiative. This was amazing and far beyond expectation. The Resource Book which helped many of the groups get going in their joint mission project has now been reworked. Reflecting on what happened, telling the stories, collating the resources and generally pointing Christians of all our churches outward to think of their communities, this new Resource Book is an inspiration and a gift. Inspiring because the churches described are ordinary but adventurous. Gift, because this one book packs a library of material in to one cover. Many of the churches in 2008 have continued their projects and developed new ones in 2009. My hope is that this mission resource will continue to share the good news of Jesus in 2010 and beyond.