CRCW News and Events

According to Community Minister Pat Oliver, the variety of work within CRCW ministry is a bit like her favourite sweAllsortsets: Allsorts, because ‘they come in all shapes, sizes and colours, have different flavours which can clash or complement and they make the world feel better!’

Find out more about the church related work within Southampton’s community here: 'Community Allsorts'

You can read more about the CRCW project at Avenue St Andrews and Freemenatle in Southampton here.

Avenue St Andrews and Freemantle, Southampton

This month, we have the first of our two CRCW reflections for May from community minister; Mal Breeze. Mal works for the North and East Blackburn CRCW project and 'The Open Door Memory Cafe' is one of the many community projects introduced to Blackburn. MemoryCafe Web

'It was very clear from the beginning that one church could not respond alone and that it had to be ecumenical if it was going to succeed and so there are four denominations involved, the Methodist Church, Anglican Church, Baptist Church and the URC.'

“The Open Door Memory Café was established in response to the needs of those living with memory loss in the community and the church. It is an ecumenical project, offering an informal, friendly and welcoming space where people with various forms of memory loss or dementia can come together for a cup of tea, chat and optional activities and homemade- cakes in proper China cups.”

You can read the full article here: How can the Church respond to those with memory loss in your community?

To read more about Mal Breeze in Blackburn, see our Projects page here.

'After talking to many residents and different organisations we realised the need to bring these people together, and be a voice for those in need.' Vicky reflection picture

This month we hear from one of our Church Related Community Work students about the impact her placement at Weoley Castle Community Church has made: 'Working alongside Mark Tubby (CRCW in post) has been an insightful pleasure and together we have worked to bring social justice to a highly deprived area'.

You can read the full article from Vicky here: A Students' reflection

Read more: A Students' Reflection by Vicky Longbone

Alison HikingIn this reflection, we hear about Alison's time during her recent sabbatical and how important it was for her to go on her spiritual journey and to reflect upon the last 10 years of service.

Alison spent some of her time continuing the embroidery she had begun, as a memorial piece for the Building Bridges Project and says: ‘To achieve this I have read a lot, tried new techniques, which have included exploring my own creativity, spent time in special places and with my family.  This has been a  time to work differently,  to take stock, to learn, to be challenged and to refresh my own spirituality.’

To read Alison’s full reflection, click here.

CommunityConversations2017 FinalAmended Web cropChurch Related Community Work (CRCW) ministry is going on the road again this summer with a new event, Community Conversations. This informal event aims to encourage and equip any individuals or churches who would like to get more involved within their neighbourhood and local communities.

The event will take place at Vicars Cross United Reformed Church, Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester, CH3 5LL on Saturday 24 June 2017 from 10.30am to 4pm.

The event is free to attend and will include a complementary light lunch. Go ahead and book your place today! For more information (and to book) please contact Samara Andrews, CRCW Programme Administrator, on 020 7916 8653 or at: crcw.admin@urc.org.uk

Download a PDF of the event flyer here.

 

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