Renewal and Reform is about helping us become a growing church for all people and places.

“Changing stories” is a series showing the impact of Renewal and Reform across the Church of England in the lives of individuals and communities, in a variety of places and contexts, in new churches and worshipping communities and in ones that have existed for centuries.

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  1. Woman with pink jumper standing outside an estate church

    Step out in faith

    Physical changes at St James Church have led to spiritual growth

  2. A child looking at the floor where there are colourful plastic balls scattered around.

    What's your calling? Part II

    St Francis Bournville is supporting people to find their vocation - a calling to follow Jesus in a specific way

  3. Vicar blowing out candles in chapel woman cross

    What's your calling?

    God's call is for everyone, and it's not always what - or where - we expect it to be.

  4. Woman in a blue and white top and jeans sitting on a fallen tree with a springer spaniel. There is a green field and trees in the background.

    Digital outreach

    How digital resources are encouraging prayer and nurturing faith

  5. Three people in an office; two are sitting and one is standing. There are papers on the desk and a whiteboard in the background.

    A God call

    St Cuthman's Church on the Whitehawk Estate in Brighton was on the verge of closing. Following a partnership with another church, it is now a thriving presence in the community.

  6. Two women walking down a Victorian cobbled street and talking

    Lives of hope

    Urban Hope Church, part of Coventry's Acceler8 programme, offers faith, hope and love to those in need.

  7. Woman with purple hair leaning against a wall and smiling in Downham Market with a clock tower in the background

    All are welcome

    The Diocese of Ely received Strategic Development Funding for their Changing Market Towns project, focused on enabling and sustaining church growth in several market towns. Downham Market's new Lay Pioneer shares her vision.

  8. Social Media Officer displaying computer to show social media posts

    Standing room only


    Chelmsford Cathedral’s small investment in social media sees big returns.

  9. Young adults sat on grass laughing with bible

    The impossible made possible


    Youth work at St Hugh's Northolt has transformed lives.

  10. Tides of change


    The Church of England's Renewal and Reform programme seeks to create a growing Church for all people and for all places. Read about one of the projects supported by Renewal and Reform, Leesland Neighbourhood Church. 

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