Housing Justice, the national Christian homelessness charity, is urging churches to take part in this year’s Homeless Sunday – confirmed as 13 October.
Homeless Sunday has been part of the Christian calendar for more than a quarter of a century. It is an opportunity for churches of all denominations and people of all faiths to unite and show solidarity with those experiencing homelessness and to reflect and plan practical action on homelessness.
The focus this year is ‘The impact of volunteering on the volunteer’, apt as Christians and church communities are at the forefront of the response to the rise in homelessness including the most visible aspect, rough sleeping. There were just 65 night shelters operating across the Housing Justice network in 2013, today there are 125 across England and Wales.
Last year the event was permanently switched to October, close to World Homeless Day. This was in response to feedback from church leaders and congregations and the growing number of churches involved in hosting Church and Community Night Shelter Projects. It was felt that as most shelter projects tend to open towards the end of October the alignment allows the opening of the night shelter season to be marked in prayer.
Around 500 or more churches across the country usually take part, and it is hoped to grow that number this year.
Download Homeless Sunday resources
Join the Global Climate Strike
Events in Penzance Truro Liskeard Bude Plymouth
The youth climate strike movement is calling for everyone, young and old, to stand in solidarity and mobilise alongside them for the Global Climate Strike. On the 20th September, the youth strike will take to the streets in hundreds of towns and cities across the UK and around the world to demand the change we need.
Christian Aid has decided to support that call and encourage its partners and supporters to join the mobilisations happening around the world.
Christian Aid’s official statement of support is here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/climate-change/christian-aid-position-global-climate-strikes
As partner in the fight against poverty we encourage you and your churches to support the Global Climate Strikes however you can. We recognise this may not be by actively going ‘on strike’ and that people in precarious employment or frontline services do not necessarily have this privilege. The Youth Strike Movement provide some guidance on how else people in work can support them.
Please use any available opportunities to spread the word about the climate strike and find out more at globalclimatestrike.net or via the Facebook event page.
Here is a list of suggestions and prayers for your church provided by Christian Aid and a link to some of our theological reflections, which you may find useful.
This year’s national day of prayer and celebration for everyone in the world of education takes the theme ‘Form and flourish – to re-form’.
‘Education is often thought of as formation. As we are educated, we discover who we are, our unique gifts and skills, and our role within our community, our country, our world. A Christian view of education sees it as a life-long process, for the whole person, so that, formed in the image of God, we may flourish and live life in all its fullness.’
Resources for Education Sunday 2019, available to download from the Churches Together in England (CTE) website, include:
- Theme introduction
- All Age Worship outline
- Sermon Notes
- Hymn: Jesus is healing care
- Commissioning Prayer
- Prayer for Education Sunday
- Traditional worship for all ages
- Primary Collective Worship
Pedro Santos manages CMJ’s Beit Immanuel in Tel Aviv, sharing the work of CMJ with thousands of Israelis who visit the centre every year.
Oasis – Gathers Women to Connect, Feel Revived & to be Inspired
Oasis Women from around Cornwall, Devon and Further have been Gathering for over 10 years. Our vision is that we come together during the year at different locations, maybe at different times, to connect with God & one another, to feel revived and to leave inspired.
Our schedule for the 2019 Conferece is full packed with plenty for you to feast on and receive from the word of God.
9.30am – Registration, Catch ups and coffee
10am – Worship, we will start prompt so please arrive in plenty of time.
Our 2 Guest speakers will be packing out the morning from the Word.
12.30pm – 1/2 hour break to enjoy the light Lunch that will be provided (Please let us know when booking any dietary needs)
1pm – We will be hearing from UCB, YWAM, and Testiomony from Teresa Pickup
2.30 – Afternoon Tea & Cakes Provided – Mini Pampers from YWAM
3pm Final Guest speaker & Worship
Finishing around 4pm
We will have a Prayer Team & Room available during the whole day.
An event to discover more about the prophetic. No prior experience or knowledge needed. Designed to equip, encourage and be enjoyed. Organised by The Engine House Church.
This is a free event, but please book on for numbers.
9:30am Registration & coffee
10:00am Session 1 (there will be a 15 min break during the morning)
1:00pm Lunch break (please note food will not be available on site, so please bring a packed lunch or there are cafes in Redruth Town Centre which is a short 5 min drive by car).
2:30pm Session 2
5:00pm Break for evening meal (not provided on site)
7:00pm Session 3
Worship at each session with The Prayer Room team.
Liz has a passion to see people fully released into their true identity in God, recognising and fulfilling their callings and giftings, in freedom and with great joy. This is whole day event designed to equip, encourage and be enjoyed!
Nationally significant conference highlighting the impact of food poverty and food insecurity throughout Cornwall.
Registration closes 21 Sept.