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Jo patterson is currently in the second of her two-year placement projects at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Brixton, South London and enjoying the challenging diversity it brings on a daily basis. Seniors photo for blog WEB

One of the groups that Jo works directly with is the Seniors Community Group, who meet regularly and have a varied program of visiting guests, bible study, reflection and food! Many topics are discussed and the latest one has been around a theme that for many people, can be a difficult to talk about: “What do I prepare for the end of my life?”

Read Jo's reflection here.

 

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Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) Karen Campbell works with the Bury Park Beech Hill Council of Churches - an ecumenical group of churches in Luton and it is a very interesting place to be.

"It is a town where some families have lived for several generations, whilst others are simply passing through. It is a town of very many colours and cultures. A town where faith really matters. It is a town where difference is widely valued and respected, but where some people seek to use difference as an excuse for hatred and division."

In this month's reflection, read about the Same Difference initiative, which explores various themes in life which make us at once the same, and yet different.

Read the full story here: Luton - An interesting place to be!

For more information about this project, visit: BPBHCC, Luton

 

“One of the privileges of being a CRCWM (Church Related Community Work Minister) is having time. Knowing that your post willinspire Levenshulme WebPhoto last at least 5 years, and may be even 10, gives a CRCWM an opportunity to develop strong working relationships and trust with local people, and to walk with them through journeys of transformation.”

In the second reflection for June, CRCWM Liz Kam talks about her work with an inspirational Women's group in Levenshulme: "...they are a flourishing group of women committed to breaking down barriers of difference, ethnicity, age, culture and religion".

Read more: Levenshulme Women's Group - A reflection by Liz Kam

I have consumed vast quantities of bacon butties, scones, sausage squares, sausage links as every activity seems to be MarieCrop2 Web 002accompanied by food.  But as Revd Peter Brain, a former Synod Moderator and Church and Society secretary once observed ‘a church and community that eats together, also grows together’.

CRCW Marie Trubic talks about New Beginnings as she embarks on a new term in Glasgow with the recently accredited CRCW project at Priesthill and Shawlands URC's. Read her reflection here: New Beginnings.

Read more: New Beginnings

‘Electronic Village Halls’ as described by the local council of Sunderland’s IT team are nowcomputer image Helen2 a really important resource for members of the community without access to a computer.

Redundant computers from the local council were made available to community projects and Helen Stephenson, CRCWm at the Sunderland and Boldon project, saw this as an opportune time to get involved: “With the knowledge at the time of the introduction of Universal Credit, which among other things would mean people seeking work and benefits would need access to a computer to fulfil what was required of them, and the closure of job centres and libraries where people could currently access IT, this presented us with an opportunity.”

Read how conversations with residents, and other local organisations at a consultation event lead to the CRCW project in Sunderland and Boldon developing their own Electronic Village Hall, which has grown from strength to strength:

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