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Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
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    Churches meet rising demand for meals during summer holidays

    12/08/2022

    A growing number of children are receiving lunches during the school holidays provided by a ‘Places of Welcome’ network supported by churches in South Tyneside, as families feel the impact of the cost of living crisis

    2 min read
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    How ‘Messy Church’ helped start a new worshipping community

    20/07/2022

    St Leonard’s Church, Scawsby, in Doncaster launched ‘Messy Church’ before lockdown and within six months, a new church community was established – which continues to thrive today. More than 80 percent of those attending did not previously come to church on Sunday. 

    2 min read
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    ‘Choir church opens up whole new world of opportunity and learning for children‘

    19/07/2022

    Around 20 children attend an after-school ‘Choir Church’ mid-week at St George-in-the-East church in Shadwell, east London, where they take part in a choral Eucharist, sing hymns, and learn Mass settings and anthems dating back hundreds of years. 

    2 min read
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    ‘Bubble church’ set up during pandemic restrictions to receive funding for expansion

    19/07/2022

    The number of children baptised at a London church has grown threefold after it introduced a new worshipping community for young families, using puppets and song to help tell Bible stories and talk about the Christian faith.

    2 min read
  5. Church Resurrection Rave Saturday Service

    Music producer-turned-priest puts on DJ-led worship services

    30/06/2022

    A music producer-turned-priest is using dance music to connect with people, spread the Christian message and attract the younger generations into church. 

    3 min read
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    Church run 'baby bank' helps growing number of young families

    27/06/2022

    More than 400 families struggling to make ends meet have been helped by a church-run project set up last year to support new parents who cannot afford essentials for their babies.

    2 min read
  7. Community garden a picture of children learning

    Sowing seeds: how a patch of wasteland became heart of community

    04/06/2022

    In just a few years, a patch of once unused land in the middle of the Quarrendon estate in Aylesbury, Bucks, has been transformed into the beating heart of the community by the local church.

    2 min read
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    Great outdoors helps young people connect with God

    23/05/2022

    A weekend of night walks on the beach, survival techniques and worship around the campfire helped a group of young people from across a city switch off, connect with friends and learn more about God  
     

    3 min read
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    ‘With the sporting groups, we started to see growth’

    12/05/2022

    When Revd Danny Driver became the parish vicar at Christ the Redeemer, Barnwell, he used sport ministry to build new bridges between the church and the community.

    3 min read
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    ‘It gave me back hope and ambition’– Cathedral helps young people

    04/05/2022

    Lichfield Cathedral helped 30 unemployed young people find work last year, by making six-month job placements available for 16 to 24-year-olds, as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme. 

    2 min read