What is Worship?

In this five-part series of short films worship leader Wil Berdinner from All Saints Highertown, Truro seeks to answer the question ‘What is Worship?’.

Episode 1 (Language) looks at the Hebrew word ‘shachah’ and the Greek word ‘prokuneo’ and the act of bowing down.

Episode 2 (Spirit & Truth) looks at what Jesus says about worship, with attention on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in the Gospel of John, chapter 4.

Episode 3 (Worship & Praise) looks at the difference between worship and praise.

Episode 4 (Rediscovering Worship) looks at the story behind Matt Redman’s song ‘The Heart of Worship’.

Episode 5 (Going Forward) summarises the previous episodes and connects them to church life at All Saints Highertown.

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Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer

Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer is a huge Christian landmark. It will sit in the heart of the UK at Coleshill, near Birmingham, by the end of 2022. The gigantic monument of hope will host a million accounts of answered prayer, making it the largest database of hope stories in the world.

Each brick will recount a personal, specific way in which God has answered a prayer for people both now and in the past, offering a vast amount of experiences all explaining how God has come through for individuals in the midst of life’s storms. 

We want to see Jesus’ miraculous and loving nature celebrated through these answered prayers and believe that the one million testimonies will ignite faith, and belief in the power of prayer on a national level.

This project is about how one person’s answered prayer can become another person’s hope. Answered prayer is a springboard for faith with each story reflecting a beautiful aspect of God’s intention towards us. We know it will make hope visible to our country.  

Our Vision

Preserve the Christian heritage of our nation

God has faithfully and powerfully moved throughout the history of the UK. He has answered prayers of people such as St Augustine way back in the sixth century, right through to the more modern times of WWII, when millions of people queued up outside churches to pray for the men on the beaches of Dunkirk. 

75,000 ‘heritage bricks’ will be included in Eternal Wall to celebrate answered prayer dating as far back as 600 AD. This is to preserve and remember how God has helped people all throughout our nation’s rich history.

We have no way of knowing what culture and society will look like in a hundred years’ time, but we do know that Eternal Wall will still be standing, and that people will still be able to discover its stories of hope, and see that Jesus answers prayer. 

We know that we will have faithfully sown into future generations and shared with them what Jesus has done in our time. 

Ignite a faith for prayer on a national level

You will come to Eternal Wall and be inspired by the fact that every single brick in its design represents a story of Jesus answering prayer. Faith or no faith, we believe you will be encouraged by the many stories of God changing situations around, and perhaps you will even be inspired to ‘try praying’ to Jesus.

You will have free access to the incredible database of one million answered prayers. Type in whatever situation or storm of life you’re going through, and discover personal accounts detailing how God answered and came through for many different people. We know that if He has done it before, He is more than faithful to do it again. Your faith will be lifted and you will be encouraged to seek Him for an answer.

Reveal Christ to the nation

It is, we believe, a time for Christians to be bold about their faith. Around 500,000 journeys will travel past this monument every week, and we estimate that 200,000 people will visit the site annually. 
We hope that as you discover the answered prayers and comprehend the colossal nature of what you are witnessing, you will personally encounter the God who answers. 

Furthermore, we also believe that this project will embolden Christians to share their faith and their stories of answered prayer more freely.

Watch the video of how we got the land. Join us in making hope visible by clicking on one of the options below.

A million stories of hope

Eternal Wall will make hope visible to the nation on a huge scale. Each one of its million bricks will represent an answered prayer, contributed by individuals from all across the UK. The monumental piece of public art will be the largest database of hope stories in the world.

Share your answered prayer

Monumental Art

Standing at 169ft (51.5m), the arch of Eternal Wall will be visible from up to six miles away. The striking new UK monument will be over twice the size of the Angel of the North, and be seen by 500,000 journeys each week.

Interactive bricks

Every single one of the million bricks in Eternal Wall will represent an answer to prayer.

A bespoke app will allow visitors to:

  • Hold a phone up to any brick to unlock the associated story
  • See uniquely crafted content, highlighting answered prayers relevant to personal interests
  • Zoom in on bricks out of reach and high up on the 168ft structure
  • Search for answered prayer stories about specific situations or topics from the database
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How Faith Communities can boost Mental Health among Youth : Podcast

WCC PODCAST: In the first episode of the podcast series moderated by members of the WCC COVID-19 Support Team, we will reflect on how faith communities can boost mental health among youth.

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West Cornwall Chrfistian Rendezvous : 26 Sep, ONLINE

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Exploring Green Church : 7 Oct, ONLINE

A webinar exploring green church theology and practice, drawing on practical examples of green church initiatives.

About this Event

An exploration of the theological landscape for the ongoing debate about the Climate Emergency and the church’s response

It is hoped that the webinar will draw on practical examples of green church initiatives to help us develop our understanding of caring for creation as part of the mission of the church.

Chair
Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich

Having completed an undergraduate degree in ecology, Bishop Graham maintains an interest in ecology as a member of the Church of England’s Environmental Working Group. He is a keen beekeeper, regularly tweets @bishopnorwich and has written about spirituality and landscape in Places of Enchantment, Meeting God in Landscapes, and his second book, The Way Under Our Feet: A Spirituality of Walking, in April 2020.

Guest Speakers
Prof Richard Bauckham

New Testament scholar, previously at St Andrew’s University, and a visiting professor of St Mellitus College.

His books include: Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (2006), God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament (1998), The Theology of the Book of Revelation (1993) and Bible and Ecology (2010).

Prof Revd Michael Northcott:

Anglican Priest, Professor Emeritus, Edinburgh University and currently Guest Professor at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Heidelberg. His specialism is the environment. Books include: Place, Ecology and the Sacred (2015); A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (2007); The Environment and Christian Ethics (1996).

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Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches: Updated 15 Sep

Last updated Tuesday September 15 at 13:45

The Government has issued an updated version of its guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic in light of the new ‘rule of six’ regulations.

The Church of England is continuing to engage with the Government. All of the advice below is being reviewed.  Updates and amendments will be highlighted at the top of this page as they are made.

Last updated Wednesday 09 September at 10:42

Following indications that the number of people permitted to take part in a social gathering is to be reduced from 30 to six in England, we understand the new regulations will not apply to public worship or individual prayer in church buildings. Read our short statement.

Last updated Thursday 03 September at 12:05

  • Updated FAQ Should we still deliver printed communication? in General section

Last updated Tuesday 25 August at 9:10

  • Updated FAQ Can church bells be rung? in Prayer and worship section

Last updated Thursday 20 August at 9:20

Monday 17 August at 14:32

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Eco Church – Working Together To Net Zero : 10 Oct, ONLINE

An online conference for churches of all denominations to learn how Eco Church can help them cut their carbon and care for creation.

About this Event

Join us for a day of inspirational speakers and workshops exploring the topic of Net Zero. Hosted by the Diocese of St Albans, our online conference will be broadcast from the beautiful church and grounds of All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 10th October, 10am -4pm.

Together we will learn how to overcome challenges faced by churches, in responding to the climate crisis, through sessions exploring in detail the problem of defining ‘net zero’ and how our buildings and lifestyles can be adapted towards developing a more sustainable future.

Practical workshops will cover various aspects of Net Zero – including how to make your building more sustainable and how to review your energy consumption using the new comprehensive 360 Carbon Calculator developed by Climate Stewards.

Award-winning Eco Churches will share their experiences of finding new ways of working together alongside their local communities to safeguard God’s creation on the way to Net Zero.

The conference is hosted by All Saints’ Church, Leighton Buzzard in the Diocese of St Albans, an ancient church with a churchyard managed for many species including badgers, bats and bees! In addition to this wildlife haven, the church has a thriving Eco church group, is an active member of the local Green Christian churches group and part of the Leighton-Linslade Low Carbon Town initiative.

The programme will include worship led by All Saints Forest Church to help us to worship God while interacting with nature.

Speakers will include:

Helen Stephens, A Rocha UK’s Church Relations Manager – Helen will explain the principles behind Eco Church; how to get started and progress on your journey and share how the Eco Church survey can help reduce your churches carbon footprint.

Catherine Ross, Open and Sustainable Buildings Officer, and Jo Chamberlain, Environment Policy Officer – Catherine and Jo work for the Church of England and will talk practically on how the Church of England’s ambitious “net zero” commitment to reduce carbon emissions can be approached.

A panel event with guests from local Eco Churches and community groups – members of the Leighton-Linslade Christian Ecology Group and the Leighton-Linslade Low Carbon Town initiative will share their experiences and ideas on how church and communities can work together and build partnerships towards net zero.

Confirmed workshop topics include:

  • A practical path to net zero for your church building -covering practical changes that can be made to buildings, to reduce the carbon emissions from heating, lighting, and running the buildings. Led by Catherine Ross, Open and Sustainable Buildings Officer for the Church of England
  • 360 degrees carbon footprint tool – learn about the basics of carbon footprints – what they include, why they matter and how they are calculated. Looking in detail at 360carbon, a free online carbon calculator for churches . Facilitated by Caroline Pomeroy from Climate Stewards.
  • Building effective relationships with your MP. Get an overview of national climate policy as it stands, what it means for the UK to host COP26, and hear how Hope for the Future can help you engage with what is happening in Parliament. Led by Rachel Mander from Hope for the Future
  • Climate Change: an issue of social justice – our global neighbours in some of the world’s poorest communities are suffering first and worst from the impacts of climate change. Having previously worked for Christian Aid, Jo will share some international stories and discuss how your church can raise its voice with the global South. With Jo Chamberlain, National Environment Officer for the Church of England Environment Programme
  • Eco Church in practice -hear stories from churches at various stages of their Eco Church journey from Bronze to Gold Awarded churches including space to ask any questions.
  • Churchyard trees – plant or fell? With Judith Evans, Living Churchyards Officer for the Diocese of St Albans
  • Energy question time – your questions answered by an expert panel on energy saving, either at church or at home .
  • Making the change: practical architectural issues – with Mark Eddison, Architect for the DAC Chaired by David Bevan, Historic Buildings Support Officer for the Diocese of St Albans.

There will also be a virtual cafe and online book shop specially created for this event. Details given upon registration.

FAQ’s:

What is Eco Church? Eco Church is A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the Gospel is good news for God’s earth. It helps churches of all kinds evaluate how they are caring for God’s creation across all their activities and gives guidance on how to become more sustainable. You can find out more here.

How can I join in? After registering on EventBrite an email will be sent to you a few weeks before the event with details of how to join the live stream event along with instructions of how to register for a workshop, and how to participate with the virtual cafe and online book shop.

How do I submit a question for the panel? You can send your questions to ecoconf@stalbans.anglican.org and we’ll endeavour to compile a list of questions to pass on to the panel.

Who is the event aimed at? This event is open to all, whether you are involved in your church leadership team or are a follower of Christ wanting to safeguard creation in England or Wales. Perhaps this could be the start of your church becoming an Eco Church.

What can I do next? This is the first of a series of events designed to help as many churches as possible understand the impact of climate change and our role in reducing our carbon footprint to reach net zero as fast as possible. If you have felt inspired to take action check out the Climate Sunday website for more resources on how to take effective climate action ahead of the UN Climate talks in Glasgow in November 2021.

If you have any other questions about the conference do get in touch with us at uk@arocha.org

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Methodist Church Coronavirus Official Guidance : Updated 10 Sep

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Update 10 September

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last night provided us with further clarification on the Government announcement this week of changes to permitted social interaction which come into place on Monday 14 September in England. We understand that the full regulations will be published later this week and we will update our guidance accordingly.

In summary:

  • Places of Worship can remain open for services and prayer.  As before, the limit on the number of people is determined by the risk assessment with attendees divided into multiple groups of no more than 6 people.
  • Weddings and funerals are still allowed and maximum numbers remain at 30 with people divided into multiple groups of no more than 6.
  • Community Halls remain open and activities are allowed as before but within each activity, participants can be in groups that consist of no more than 6 people.

The government has emphasised that venues must be Covid-19 secure and contact details must be left for Test and Trace.  More information can be read here.  

Update 9 September The Archbishop of Canterbury has posted the text below on social media following yesterday’s Government announcement regarding social interactions:

“After contact with Government we hear that there is no change to guidance on places of worship. Worship is the work of God – not a social gathering – and gives the strength to love and serve. The increase in COVID cases is very concerning. We must follow the guidance and take all the necessary measures to keep people safe. And let’s keep praying for everyone who is affected – those who are ill, or whose families are ill, those who are anxious, or struggling with cancelled plans and isolation. We give grateful thanks to God for the NHS and all those who work tirelessly to keep us safe.”
The Archbishop of Canterburywww.facebook.com/archbishopofcanterbury

Update 3 September

Updated with guidance and information on conferring and decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Webinar: Structural inequalities and the growing need for food aid : 22 Sep, ONLINE

Sustain is holding a free webinar on Structural inequalities and the growing need for food aid.

Join the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) and the University of York on Tuesday 22 Sept from 1:00 – 2:30pm for a panel discussion on structural inequalities and food insecurity.

Speakers will look at how Covid-19 has exposed the depth and breadth of structural inequalities in terms of race, gender, and class in the UK, and how this has led to sharp rises in poverty and food bank use.

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About this Event

Inequalities built into social structures and institutions, or structural inequalities, shape the way food is accessed and the lived experience of food poverty. COVID-19 has exposed the depth and breadth of structural inequalities in terms of race, gender, and class in the UK and led to sharp rises in poverty and food bank use.

Now, more than ever, it is important to consider how inequalities shape access to food and food aid in the UK. How does race and gender shape the lived experience of poverty and experiences around food? Is food aid exclusive to minority groups? How do government policies create and exacerbate inequalities according to race, gender, and class in terms of the accessibility and affordability of food? What can be done to confront the structural inequalities linked to poverty and access to food?

We will discuss these questions and others alongside our speakers:

  • Dee Woods (IFAN and the Granville Community Kitchen) will reflect upon how race and gender shape access to food in the UK
  • Kimberly Mcintosh (Child Poverty Action Group) will discuss No Recourse to Public Funds and its impact on access to food among refugee communities.
  • Dr Dave Beck (University of Salford) will talk about how class shapes the lived experience of poverty and the dynamics of food aid.
  • Suzanne Babb (Why Hunger) will draw upon learnings from the United States to consider what can be done to confront structural inequalities around gender, race, and class in access to food.

The webinar will be chaired by Maddy Power, Co-Chair of IFAN and Research Fellow at the University of York. Presentations will be kept short to allow time for discussion. The webinar will be structured as a panel session, followed by questions from our audience.

If you would like to submit a question for our panel in advance please do so via the Eventbrite page.

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Pastoral message from the Bishop of Truro and the Bishop of St Germans

We recognise that this is a worrying time for many with COVID-19 cases on the rise again. It’s also an anxious time as we try to work out what we can and can’t do in a situation that seems to be ever-changing.

Having looked at the latest government guidance we are confident that we can carry on with the arrangements that we have established for Sunday worship over the last few weeks and we encourage you to do so. We are convinced that the procedures we have established are safe and ensuring community of worship is important and valuable for us all. The only difference is that people must not sit in groups of more than six, but on our recent experience that is rarely happening anyway – if at all.

Many if not all our churches are facing their annual meetings. We are still unclear whether these could take place in churches or church halls or not, but we think on balance this is unlikely given that the potential electorate for the election of Churchwardens is anyone physically living in the parish. For that reason Bishop Philip will be issuing an instrument allowing them to take place virtually and you should assume that this will be how they happen. To help with that over the next few days we will be issuing guidelines as to how the meetings should be conducted, as well as offering training from Church House staff in the technology needed.

Happily our ordinations will still happen as planned at the end of next week and we do encourage you to pray for our wonderful ordinands.

We continue to be very grateful and full of admiration for the dedication, resourcefulness and commitment you have shown over the last months. Please know that you do not face these challenges alone. And don’t forget the ‘Diocese of Truro – let’s share best practice and support one another!’ Facebook page. If you’ve not yet joined it please consider doing so: it’s a great source of encouragement (and poetry, and jokes….). We will be providing updated guidance once it is available. You can view the current Covid-19 guidance on the diocesan website here.

Finally, to return to the beginning, we recognise again that levels of anxiety are rising once again, and the tiredness many feel is real. So we close with these wonderful words of St. Paul to the Philippians:

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

That is certainly our prayer for you all.

With our love, in Christ.

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