Here’s Gavin’s latest video (vicar from Uplyme) using lyrics from The Hip-Hop Gospel of Luke…
There is a new website from the Church of England to resource Christian Community Action – www.how2help.net. This has a wealth of material drawn from good practice around the country. If you take a look, let us know what you think about it.
ROC Conference 9-10 March 2012 Plymouth
Following on from the launch last October this conference is an opportunity to learn more about partnership working to help meet the needs of our community.
Bridging the Gap, Riverside Church, Exeter 17 March 2012
The Entheos Trust runs community training days that are designed to bring together those of like mind from different churches to be inspired, learn together, share encouragements and concerns.
How can we create a more stable economy? How can we overcome the growing gap between the richest and the poorest? Does Christianity have anything to say? Professor Ulrich Duchrow, Dr Molly Scott Cato, facilitated by Simon Barrow, Ekklesia
Faith in Community Involvement 19 April 2012 Teignbridge – attached flyer
Free networking session for faith-based organisations in the Teignbridge area
Resourcing Christian Community Action
A Church of England initiative, bringing together as a catalyst current best practice in providing Christian care in local communities with the resources and knowledge needed to multiply those good works across the country over the coming years. This is a site designed for action…
Are we washing our hands of Britain’s Poor? – Lent Course
Only one in five of us think poverty is a result of social injustice.
Faced with constant news stories about rising debt, unemployment, homelessness and child poverty, the problems in this country may seem insurmountable; even unavoidable. What is the truth? Is social inequality eroding social well-being? And if so, what’s the solution?
The issues are never black-and-white, but Church Urban Fund’s new Lent course brings them into sharp relief.
Shelter in a Pack
A resource for churches and communities considering setting up winter night shelters for homeless people
Shelter in a Pack was launched in the winter of 2010-2011 in London and in Birmingham, attracting huge interest from church groups nationwide. Within months of the launch, a number of groups had decided to set up Winter Night Shelters (WNS).
A step by step guide
Time banking is a rewarding and enjoyable way to bring people together to share their skills. People get the help they need and help each other out by taking turns to be responsible for some of the care and practical support that we all need from time to time – people of all ages and all abilities can join in and exchange a whole range of skills.
Ways in which the church can engage with the olympics:
Another Christmas resource. You may have seen my Nativity Rap on YouTube? Well, here is the text. This is a great resource for use in Christmas family worship – with schools, young people, children, etc. You don’t have to rap it – simply read it out loud like poetry, or better still, read it and get the children to act it out with drama as you read it!
At Uplyme last year, we conducted a slightly different Carols by Candlelight worship. We replaced a couple of the Bible readings with abridged Christmas reflections by Tom Wright. We also added simple prayers based around his reflections. People said it was the best Carol service ever! So, you might wish to use this resource in your local churches or use it as a framework?
This track by creative artist and digital busker TyTe is based on the narrative found in the book of Exodus in the Bible. The Israelites are enslaved to the Egyptians and God sends Moses to lead them out of slavery. However, Pharoah resists, with dire consequences. This video is ideal for use as a reflection in Sunday worship or for use with a youth group. Words and Music by TyTe.
I have produced a Powerpoint presentation for Pentecost worship – ready to use. It is based around readings, music and prayers. All you need to do is add your hymns or songs. I have also produced some notes to be used in the worship – these include specific prayers based around the painting by Andrei Rublev.
pentecost.pptx (original PowerPoint 2008 file)
Pentecost.ppt (Powerpoint 97-2004 file)
pentecost_notes.docx (original Word 2008 notes)
pentecost_notes.pdf (notes saved as a PDF)
Note: The font used is Calibri (Mac) and the Powerpoint is created with Powerpoint 2008. If you want to use this presentation on a PC you may need to download Calibri font or search and replace the font for something similar – e.g. verdana, lucida sans, etc.
The Diocese of Exeter has a spanking new website and a live news feed (take a look in the right hand column!)
Here is a video reflection that we are using at 10am on Sunday morning in Uplyme.
Rob Bell’s Prophets Poets and Preachers, 5 film teaching resource is now available for download. We’re using this as part of our ongoing preaching course here in Uplyme.