Congregation related articles
St Bride's was approached by Trafford Housing Trust about buying their land to provide a new community centre and housing. St Bride's got a new, more appropriate building, and it gave the community badly needed facilities.
St Silas, Blackburn had a problem. Their church hall was falling into disrepair. At the same time, Nightsafe, a charity working with homeless young people, had issues housing 16-18-year-olds together with their older clients, aged up to 25. Together, they had an opportunity: renovating the hall to create a home for six young people at risk of homelessness.
NEWS / House of Bishops publishes paper on church planting and the mission of the Church
NEWS / Church of England prayer apps were used more than five million times over the last year as a record number of people sought Christian contemplation and reflection online, according to new figures published today.
Ambleside Methodists took the brave decision to give up their building to go on a new journey with the Anglicans. This allowed their old building to be turned into social housing, while creating a new community centre and keeping both churches going.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community is investigating how churches are responding to the housing crisis. Catherine Shelley is Vicar of St Edward the Confessor, Mottingham. She also happens to be a trained solicitor. When she came to St Ed’s in 2017, she soon found that her skills were badly needed by Mottingham’s community. Catherine is now offering pro-bono legal and benefits advice in sessions twice a week.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community seeks to offer a distinctively Christian perspective on the housing crisis, but is also exploring how churches can meet local housing needs – action, as well as words. As part of that, we are visiting church-linked housing projects to discover the great work that’s already being done, to learn from them and inspire others.
Recently, we visited One Roof Leicester, a charity that has been ‘adopted’ by the Diocese. One Roof works with people who are homeless, destitute refugees and refused asylum seekers.
Anniesland had a small, ageing congregation, and maintaining a large building was too much for them. The congregation resigned themselves to the fact that their church would be demolished. Talking with Sanctuary - a housing association - they realised that together they could provide both a new church and housing on their site.
How do you foster a strong community voice? The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community has been grappling with this question. With a Christian charity, Hope North London, Helen set about building community and empowering individuals on Strawberry Vale and two other estates.