Information from Methodist Partners
This page was last updated at 13:26 on Tuesday 04 August 2020
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'Church and Me: conversations about lifting lockdown'
Produced by the Spirituality of the Third and Fourth Age Community of Practice, 'Church and me' is a useful resource aimed at the concerns older people may have regarding returning to church. It can be used by individuals, pairs or groups and provides a space for safe conversations, where concepts such as feelings such as anxiety, lost confidence and grief, personal faith resilience and feeling relief at the prospect of a less frenetic way of life, and much more besides, can all be discussed.
AllChurches Trust launches Hope Beyond - a new grants programme
As the impact of Covid-19 begins to be more and more felt within our communities, AllChurches Trust has launched a new grants programme aimed at enabling churches and Christian charities to meet the changing needs of their communities. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to projects that fulfil any of the following three themes:
Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities and measures to ensure buildings are Covid-19 safe
Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.
For more information on the grant, and to find out how to apply, please visit the website*.
Places of worship taskforce
FaithAction, a national network of faith-based and community organisations, have been commissioned by MHCLG to gather voices from faith and community groups across the United Kingdom to ensure their views are represented at the Places of Worship Taskforce meetings. They will be engaging with these community groups through weekly focus groups, regular ‘surgery calls’, and one-on-one calls with faith leaders.
Places of worship taskforce: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-taskforce-developing-plan-to-reopen-places-of-worship
London Faith & Belief Community Awards – Nominations now open
The London Faith & Belief Community Awards recognises the vital, yet often unrecognised work of local faith and belief communities in addressing societal needs and helping to make London a city that is inclusive to everyone. Since 2017, we have celebrated over 300 projects, and enhanced 120 projects with awards of £500.
Faith and belief groups are at the centre of community life, providing vital services and support to all Londoners. This has become ever more clear in London’s response to the global pandemic of Covid-19, with faith and belief communities being at the forefront of our city’s response.
Do you know an unsung hero, organisation or project that deserves recognition for their work, then this is your opportunity to nominate them! For more information and to make a nomination please visit: www.faithbeliefforum.org.uk/awards
All We Can, the Methodist Church in Britain and World Development & Relief have launched an Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, to help equip vulnerable communities across the globe to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19). All We Can, the Methodist Church in Britain and World Development & Relief have already begun responding by providing essential grants to help churches overseas meet the challenges posed by Coronavirus, as well as providing staff on the frontline of Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya with essential personal protective equipment. Anything that you give today with help us do more of this vital work. To find out more and donate to the appeal, please click here.
A message from All We Can
Methodist Church House is now closed and as this building is where our offices are located, we are now not able to access post addressed to 25 Marylebone Road, and it is not yet clear when we will be able to access the building. It is therefore, really important for our work to ensure lots of post doesn’t go missing or get returned, especially if it may contain money.
If you do have post for All We Can, please contact the Supporter Care Team on 020 7467 5132 (the office phone will redirect to the relevant person) or email us to make alternative arrangements. Or, if you have a donation to submit on behalf of a church, group or individual, can we encourage you to do that via the website.
If you would like to request our Bank Details in order to make a bank transfer, please contact the Supporter Care Team (contact details as above).
Please note – this does not mean that All We Can has ceased it’s work – poverty and injustice continue in our world and as the virus spreads to parts of the developing world, our commitment to working alongside local communities to help them fulfil their potential is more important than ever. The work continues.
You may also find our devotional materials designed for ‘worship at home’ helpful to people in your congregations and those who might be self-isolating.
Thank you for your patience with us in these strange times.