‘Faith In Action’ event – Tuesday 30th January 2018, 10am-2pm at Linacre Mission

Faith In Action
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 10am-2pm
Linacre Methodist Mission
123-129 Linacre Rd,
Bootle,
Liverpool
L21 8NS

On behalf of Sefton Faith Forum 

The Steering Group of the Sefton Faith Forum have planned this event because we believe that the faith communities make a big difference across the borough. We are inviting the Sefton Council Chief Executive Margaret Carney and other officers so they can hear about some of our work and can explore with us how we can all work better together.

The Merseyside Council for Faiths issue statement on Manchester atrocities

STATEMENT BY MERSEYSIDE COUNCIL OF FAITHS

On behalf of Merseyside Council of Faiths, we wish to express our shock and concern following the atrocities last night at the Manchester Arena.

We remember and offer our condolences to the family and friends of those killed and maimed notably many children and young people. We also rejoice at the generosity and solidarity shown by so many Manchunians and the speedy and effective response of the Emergency Services.

Merseyside and Greater Manchester have a long history of faith communities working together to promote equality, social justice and community harmony. We send our good wishes to all those involved in working for community solidarity in the wake of this atrocity notably to all the faith communities in Manchester notably our sister body the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M).

We send a strong message to all who want to use religion to divide our communities that all the faiths stand together today.  There is no place in our society for hatred and violence.

We again encourage all people (including gatherings of faith communities, in schools and of community groups) to use the Universal Prayer of Peace as a sign of our solidarity with all those affected:

Lead us from death to Life, from falsehood to Truth.
Lead us from despair to Hope, from fear to Trust.
Lead us from hate to Love, from war to Peace.
Let Peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom

Dr Shiv Pande MBE DL and the Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson (Co-Chairs)

Church Urban Fund: Volunteers Weeks 2016

Original post from CUF Blog: https://www.cuf.org.uk/blog/celebrating-volunteering

One of my favourite church and volunteer stories comes from an outer estate in Newcastle.  The vicar was aware that lots of young people were using the park play area next to the church and decided to open the church and invite them in for hot drinks.  She asked for volunteers from the congregation who would be willing to make drinks and some of the people from the usual Sunday coffee rota volunteered – after all they already knew how to operate the kettle!

IT IS INSPIRING TO REFLECT ON JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO GET INVOLVED AND BE PART OF MAKING THINGS HAPPEN

Their volunteering meant that the vicar could spend her time with the young people listening to them.  Great result.  Except that wasn’t the end.  The volunteers started off just making drinks, then inevitably ended up chatting to the young people and by the end the volunteers were sharing stories about what it was like living on the estate when they were younger, talking about skills like sewing, knitting and cooking on a budget and the young people were showing the older people how to text.

The interesting thing is that if the vicar had asked for volunteers to do some youth work then she might have had fewer offers but this volunteering, like so much good volunteering, grew to fit the skills and the context.

Lots of people in churches never call themselves volunteers but they still do a huge amount out of love for God and their neighbour and it’s great to be able to celebrate that.  If you are a church leader why not set aside 5 minutes this week and write down all the different things that volunteers in your church do.  I bet the list is long – possibly even longer than you expected.  Hopefully it is inspiring to reflect on just how many people are willing to get involved and be part of making things happen.  I think that one of the things the church can be proud of is that up and down the country we have so many people willing to step forward and make a difference.

If you are interested in thinking more about how you work with volunteers then there are some flexible, adaptable resources on the CUF website atwww.cuf.org.uk/workingwithvolunteers and if you are interested in holding a service or event to celebrate volunteers in your church and community then get in touch with Julia Hill (julia.hill@cuf.org.uk) to find out about a pilot that is running this year

The Diocese of Liverpool Josephine Butler Awards 2016

The Josephine Butler Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Helen Clarey who received a £500 cheque to be given to a charity of her choice which is Willowbrook Hospice and secondly £200 of John Lewis vouchers. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Church – Mothers Union, the Union of Catholic Mothers, members of Church Councils, non-stipendiary clergy, musicians, volunteers at luncheon clubs, collecting for Christian Aid and so much more.

Helen has served many years as a churchwarden with the headaches of a Grade Two Star Listed Building namely St Mary’s Knowsley, exhausting herself with a large Christmnas Tree Festival and running an ecumenical Messy Church, has been a committee member and stalwart supporter of the St Helens Youth Brass Band, has been a member for decades of a group of singers called the Lyndales who have been committed to singing for churches and charities and an active trustee of the Diocesan Council for Social Aid whose key role is running Adelaide House our Approved Premises for Women which also focuses on gender equality and penal affairs.

Helen also has a unique role in the Church of England which due to the Diocese’s commitment has received national recognition, serving as Adviser on Domestic Abuse Issues. The prevention of Domestic Abuse is intrinsic to the Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and she has promoted this with passion, sensitivity and hard work.  She has addressed Deanery Synods, the Mothers Union, worked with our committed and efficient Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Adviser and much more!

The second award which of £5,000 given to a Christian charity with a proven track record in areas that we think Josephine Butler would be pioneering today. This went to Wigan Churches Association for Family Welfare normally known as Wigan Family Welfare.

When the Trust was established there were two outstanding women trustees namely Marguerite (Sally) White who was the Director of Moral Welfare in the Diocese and those responsible for overseeing this organisation in a Diocesan context and Professor Kathleen Heasman who in her book The Church & Social Work highlighted the work of this organisation which started in the late fifties partly on money from the closure of a Children’s Home. From its inception it involved Anglican, Roman Catholic & Free Church members many years before the Bishop, the Archbishop and the Free Church Moderator her became the Merseyside Miracle. So this Wigan Miracle was years ahead!

Counselling children and adults, being a leading light in Wigan’s third sector, having strong support from local churches since its foundation, working with Sure Start, bereavement support, anger management, advocacy, and so much more. These have been hallmarks of this organisation which despite swingeing cuts in local authority support and ever shrinking resources has grown always in stature and normally in size.

Bishop launches online safeguarding training course for all parishes

As part of our commitment to safeguarding, Bishop Paul has recorded a video to urge church members to complete the new online safeguarding training resource.

The web-based courses, which provide basic awareness for protecting children and vulnerable adults, makes it easier for church members to access training, and you can now register yourself online.

Church of England guidance requires that all those working with children and/or vulnerable adults are trained appropriately – this course fulfils the first level of this requirement.

The Bishops and Archdeacons have mandated that both courses must be completed by all clergy members, all churchwardens and all parish safeguarding representatives in every parish, as well as other members of the church workforce according to their role.

There are two courses, one in Child Protection, one in Adult Safeguarding.

Each course should take less than an hour to complete, though you do not need to finish them in one visit. You can work your way through each course and save your progress, picking up where you left off each time you log in.

The Diocese of Chelmsford has developed the training in partnership with five other dioceses, including the Diocese of Liverpool.

Do the training now

Click here to download instructions on how to register for the online safeguarding training.

Click here to check your unique Parish Code which you will need to register.

Click here to log in and complete the training. – due to an unforeseen technical error this link is currently out of action, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and endeavour to get it fixed as soon as possible.

For more information about the training please contact Deborah Doran at St James’s House.

Diocese of Liverpool Statement on the LGBTI Mission

The following is taken from the Diocesan Bishop, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes:

“We are in the middle of a conversation in the Church of England about the best way to express the freely-given grace and love of God to all, and in particular at this time to discern what that means for members of the LGBTI community, including those who wish to express their own love in marriage, as it is their perfect legal right in England to do.

This is an important conversation and one that arouses passion, pain, sensitivity and hurt. I am very grateful for the contribution of the LGBTI Mission document to this conversation.

The document speaks strongly and clearly and I believe we all need to hear its voice. There is nothing to fear in doing so. Over and over again the Church has insisted on the need to listen to the experiences of the LGBTI community. For myself I have sought to do so for at least the last thirty years, and I believe that have learned a great deal about God’s love, patience and grace as I have listened to LGBTI people inside and outside the Church. Theirs is a strong and necessary voice, though of course it is not the only voice.

Within the Church at the moment we are engaged in listening to all voices through our Shared Conversations. I am glad to be taking part in these conversations. I remain committed to the process of listening that the Conversations are holding, and of course this process has not yet ended. In July the General Synod in its turn will engage in these conversations and I look forward to being part of that.

In all this I am seeking to listen most of all to the voice of the Spirit, expressed through Scripture and through the many and diverse voices of the Church. I remain convinced that this process of patient listening, slow and frustrating as it may seem to some, is the best way to discern the will of God for us all.”