Presence, Provision and Prayer in the Pandemic : 2 Jul, ONLINE

Whilst its buildings have been closed, churches have extended their important role in providing food and welfare provision to those in need. But what has pastoral care really looked like in lockdown? Wrestling with high mortality rates and radical uncertainty has deeply unsettled people prompting a range of spiritual questions from the wider community. How have the churches responded to these challenges? This webinar explores the pastoral, spiritual and material dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic drawing on emerging research and practice. Speakers will be:

Dr Anne Richards, the Church of England’s National Adviser on mission theology, new religious movements and alternative spiritualties and convener of the Mission Theological Advisory Group of the CTBI.

The Revd Canon Malcolm Rogers MBE, Vicar of St Gabriel Huyton Quarry, Area Dean of Huyton, Canon of Liverpool Cathedral. Malcolm received an MBE for services to community cohesion in Knowsley, Merseyside.

Dr Jo Sadgrove, Research and Learning Advisor, USPG; Research Fellow Centre for Religion and Public Life, University of Leeds. Jo is currently working on an AHRC funded research project analysing the intersections of pastoral care, spiritual care and public health in the Early Modern Period and the present day.

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Creating Safe Places for Victims of Domestic Abuse : 2 Jul, ONLINE

“Staying home does not mean staying safe, when locked in with an abuser.” Frances Fitzgerald, MEP.

Calls to domestic violence helplines have surged over the past few months. With drop-in centres and refuges closed, victims have few places to turn for help.

Shockingly, the number of women being killed within their own homes has reached numbers not seen in decades.

Domestic violence has always been a hidden problem – it’s become even more so in the midst of COVID-19.

Now is the time for churches to take a lead in providing safe places for victims of domestic abuse.

Churches are at the heart of their communities and are well-positioned to provide the unconditional support victims need to escape abuse and rebuild their lives.

In our next Cinnamon Connect Webinar, we’ll be exploring:

  • How COVID-19 has exacerbated domestic abuse
  • What laws are in place to protect victims
  • What churches need to be aware of before responding
  • How churches can become safe places for those seeking support

On Thursday 2 July – at 11 am Nick Amis from Cinnamon Network will be talking with Rosemary Magill, CEO of Women’s Aid ABCLN; Detective Superintendent Anthony McNally from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Public Protection Branch; and Colette Stewart from Onus, a charity that empowers churches to recognise and respond to domestic abuse.

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Opening the Doors – Planning Church After Lockdown : 7 Jul, ONLINE

We will never go back to the way we were – there has been irreversible change to both church and to society. Spiritual hunger and church attendance have grown under lock-down. We have a wonderful opportunity to re-think church life as we begin the slow process of re-opening our buildings. And most churches will rightly want to stay online as well as in-building. So how do we plan the future and what will it mean to be online and in-building at the same time?

Bob Jackson was an Economic Adviser to the UK Government. After twenty years in parish ministry he worked for the archbishops on church-growth then as an archdeacon before spending the last ten years doing freelance church growth research, teaching, consultancy and writing. His focus for the last twenty years has been on how churches grow and flourish. He retired last year, but came out of retirement in the present crisis as he has some fascinating new problems and statistics to play with. Plus he thinks the present opportunities are enormous.

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Holiday Hunger : 2 Jul, ONLINE

This session looks at the problem of Holiday Hunger and specifically how it relates to Cornwall. During the summer holidays many families have to make difficult choices to afford the extra £30-£40 a week to ensure their children can have a balanced diet. The situation this year is even worse than usual with many families adversely affected by the impact of Covid 19.

Featuring speakers from Bosvigo School; Camborne, Pool and Redruth Foodbank; and Penlee Cluster this information session draws on practical experience of what this means to families and how Churches can help in this crucial time of need.

In addition to the information session, you are welcome to join a facilitated discussion group in the afternoon. These will be at 2pm and 3pm and will give you the opportunity to reflect upon the morning session.

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Thank You /together : 5 Jul, ONLINE

June 10th 2020

On Sunday 5th July mark the birthday of the NHS by joining together to say a big “thank you” to everyone who is helping us through these difficult times, from carers and helpers, to friends and family. And make a promise to each other to get through the months and years ahead, together!

Open Letter

Dear Reader,

Sunday 5th of July is the NHS’s birthday. This year we want to invite everyone to come together to say the biggest thank you possible to all those who are helping to get us through a difficult time, in the NHS and beyond.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to the nurses, doctors, physios, porters, cleaners, and countless others who have delivered for patients and their families along with all those in the care sector. But we are also hugely grateful to the shop workers, transport staff, delivery drivers, teachers, refuse collectors, farmers, armed service personnel and other key workers who have kept the country going.

And we want to thank all those who have stayed home even when the sun shone, the people who volunteered who helped their neighbours with the shopping or washed their hands more often. We are getting through this by staying physically apart, but also by sticking together. People have responded positively to the most trying of circumstances. Community spirit has undoubtedly become stronger through the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the NHS’s birthday we should come together and kickstart a concerted effort to maintain and build on this – ‘Together’.

Throughout its history the NHS has brought people together, treating everyone regardless of the ability to pay. That has never been more true than in the last weeks and months when neighbours and friends have been briefly reunited on doorsteps as we have come together to applaud all our key workers.

We are not through this yet and will need to keep pulling together in the months and years ahead.

So we are asking everyone to return to their doorsteps on the 5th of July as people did every Thursday, not just to show their appreciation for NHS and key workers but also to show that we are all still there for each other, now and in the coming months.

Hopefully this time, after the applause has faded, we can stay a little longer; to have a drink, a cuppa or some food; and to spend some time together (at a safe distance, of course) with your friends, family or neighbours.

So please join us to say thank you, together and for everyone. And please make sure the 5th of July is in your diary.

Best wishes

Lord Victor Adebowale, NHS Confederation;
Qari Asim, MINAB;
Dawn Austwick, National Lottery Community Fund;
Geoff Barton, Association of School and College Leaders;
Sir Peter Bazalgette, ITV;
Elizabeth Carnelly, Near Neighbours;
Darren Childs, Premiership Rugby;
Greg Clarke, FA;
General The Lord Dannatt, National Emergencies Trust;
Jeremy Darroch, Sky;
Kezia Dugdale, John Smith Centre;
Dame Caroline Fairburn, CBI;
Dame Katherine Grainger, UK Sport;
Melissa Green, National Federation of Women’s Institutes;
Bear Grylls;
Dr Zubaida Haque, Runnymede Trust;
Tom Harrison, ECB;
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England;
Matt Hyde, Scouts;
Catherine Johnstone, Royal Voluntary Service;
Sunder Katwala, British Future;
Harun Khan, MCB;
Donna Kinnair, Royal College of Nursing;
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Young Vic;
Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon;
Mark Lever, Helpforce;
Gary Lineker;
Richard Masters, Premier League;
Ruth May, NHS England;
Dame Helena Morrissey, 30% Club;
Ellie Orton, NHS Charities Together;
Major Timothy Peake;
Annemarie Plas, Clap for Carers;
Paul Reddish, Volunteering Matters;
Sir Hugh Robertson, British Olympics Association;
Angela Salt, Girl Guiding;
June Sarpong;
Mike Sharrock, British Paralympic Association;
Michael Sheen;
Jasvir Singh, City Sikhs;
Sir Tim Smit, The Eden Project;
The Right Honourable Jacqui Smith, Jo Cox Foundation;
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS;
Bill Sweeney, RFU;
Maurice Tulloch, Aviva Foundation;
The Right Honourable and Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury;
Paul Whiteman, National Association of Headteachers;
Sabir Zazai, Scottish Refugee Council.

NHS Executive Group:
Sir Simon Stevens
Amanda Pritchard
Julian Kelly
Professor Stephen Powis
Ruth May
Ian Dodge
Emily Lawson
Anne Eden
Ann Radmore
Bill McCarthy
Dale Bywater
Sir David Sloman
Elizabeth O’Mahony
Richard Barker
Prerana Issar
Hugh McCaughey
Pauline Philip
Matthew Gould

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New Wine: United Breaks Out : 30 Jul-3 Aug, ONLINE

United Breaks Out

Thursday 30 July – Monday 3 August
Let the Church emerge, more powerful than ever, to lead us into a world where signs and wonders are our new normal.

Venue: Homes, gardens, local churches, parks/green spaces (within current rules!)

New Wine are gathering the family together this summer – across homes, gardens and communities – for an online event for all ages and abilities:

Morning & evening teaching, worship & prayer ministry, afternoon TED-style seminars, sofa sessions, Q&As and webinars. 

Kids morning sessions packed with songs, stories and gunge, afternoon fun and games & an Augmented Reality App.

Luminosity (youth) breakfast time devotions & chat, challenges, workshops, evening celebrations & after parties.

1-2-1 prayer slots, mission consultations & international gatherings for Leaders, plus discussions about ‘What’s next for the local church?’, ‘Leading & well-being’ and ‘Mission & planting’.

Local church Community Makers creating fellowship and connection in our homes and communities during the event.

Sign up to Event & Resource updates at to find out more.

Our main programme includes a mix of celebrations, worship, Bible teaching, TED-style talks, sofa sessions, live webinars and more. We’ll cover key issues that matter today: grief, loss & lament; the power of the Holy Spirit; race; preparing for a new world; mental health & wellbeing; parenting; prayer; apologetics; and creation care.

Our Kids are becoming Space Cadets! There’ll be songs, challenges, stories, teaching & gunge. Plus, we’re launching our brand new Augmented Reality App – with stories, games, prayer and worship to help kids encounter God in new ways.

For 11-18s, LUMINOSITY will bring breakfast devotions & chat, challenges, evening celebrations, high-energy worship & seminars covering mental health & anxiety, evangelism, calling, leadership, social media & the world we could create.

If you’re part of our Leadership Network, you’ll be able to access a programme of 1-2-1 prayer slots, mission consultations& international gatheringsvia Zoom as well as discussions with special guests about ‘What’s next for the local church?’, ‘Leading & well-being’ and ‘Mission & planting’.

In our online Resource Venue you’ll find St Andrew’s Bookshop and other shops including Christian Gift Co and Wee Sparrow, and opportunities to connect with Christian organisations including BRF, CAP, Open Doors and Hope for Justice. Using our interactive map you can also access charity experiences from Mercy Ships, MedAir, Compassion and MAF.

Hundreds of people have already signed up to be Community Makers for their church or friendship group during United Breaks Out. They’ll be organising After Hours online gatherings and encouraging people to connect and share what God is doing. If you’re interested in becoming a Community Maker, email us at or join the Community Makers Facebook Group. Sign up to the mailing list here for latest UBO news.

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Christian Surfers UK: Wait, Watch, Pray : 26-28 Jun, ONLINE

Calling all Surfers & those who have a heart connection & passion to pray & serve with our wonderful extended CS Family.

Here is a quick look at what will be going on during the CSUK Online National Gathering, we are really looking forward to catching up with you all!

If you have not yet signed up to receive the Zoom meeting IDs, click on this link by end of Wed 24 June.

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FaithAction Workshop: Fast Track to Funding : 30 Jun, ONLINE

As part of our Faith COVID Response project, we’re running an updated version of our popular Fast Track to Funding workshop!

This will be held at 10am-12pm on Tuesday 30th June over Zoom. Thanks to MHCLG sponsorship, we are able to offer this session free of charge. Sign up quickly as space is limited!

About this Event

Are you new to grant funding and don’t know where to start? Have you applied for grants before but never won? Do you end up writing bids simply because no-one else can?

We know well how frustrating it can be to spend hours and hours writing a bid for a grant, only to be rejected. Join us for this online workshop where we’ll help you increase your chances of securing that ever-important funding.

We’ll look at how to key points to considering when prepare your funding applications, how to plan out your project, and some of the funding opportunities available right now.

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The Time is Now for a Green and Fair Recovery : 30 Jun, ONLINE

On 30 June we are coming together for a virtual lobby, inviting you, and thousands of others to ask MPs to put people, climate and nature at the heart of our nation’s recovery. 

The UK is at a turning point. As we build back from the current health crisis, we have the opportunity to rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society and tackle climate change and nature’s decline, creating jobs and protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. Or we can let the moment for change pass us by, go back to old ways and wait for new crises to hit. 

Using our voices to call for action is more important than ever. Have a virtual cup of tea with your MP on Tuesday 30 June and tell them that #TheTimeIsNow to put a healthy, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild from the Coronavirus crisis.

 Read the Virtual Lobby Guide

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Faith on the Frontline Webinar : 7 Jul, ONLINE

What would you do if your church was raided by police and Bibles made illegal? Despite facing hostility and risk, Churches are growing in nations hostile to the Gospel . During this webinar we will look at the church in Iraq, Iran and China.

Join us as we pray and discover ways we can stand with Christians across unsafe borders.

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