Resources: Community

Urban Saints

For those working with children and teens. This material from Urban Saints offers themes, games, bible studies, drama, and response exercises that will give any youth group a multiplicity of content for any evening or activity.
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Safe Families for Children (SFFC)

Looking for a project to support this Christmas or into the New Year of 2015, then why not checkout the Bethany Christian Trust sponsored Safe Families for Children (SFFC). This initiative launched in October of 2014 is a ground breaking collaboration between faith groups, volunteer and childcare professionals designed to support children and families in need. Started in 2003 in the United States, it grew out of a desire from Dr. David Anderson, a local Baptist minister, to respond to the pastoral needs of children and families who were affected by crime, brokenness, poverty and life’s complexities that lead to the vulnerabilities within family life. At a basic level it is about Church people forming relationships that express the love of God and who can walk alongside those who would benefit from our friendship. It provides an opportunity for people to live out there Christian faith and make a difference in the lives of their neighbours.

Mission Shaped Intro

mission shaped intro helps people to reconnect with the communities they are called to serve and to re-imagine the forms of church that are needed for the 21st century. It takes you on a creative and reflective journey looking at the need for new ways of being church. Our world and our lives change at an ever faster pace, but how does the church respond to this change? Are new ways of being church possible? If so, what might they look like? msi has been used by over 75,000 people worldwide and is ideal for those starting from scratch or with a basic understanding of fresh expressions of church. It features six lively and interactive 120-minute sessions with creative activities, film clips, discussion, worship and prayer. Go to the fresh expressions web site and down the material.

Doing it differently

This short video can be used to suggest or stimulate the thinking of the group or committee tasked to makes suggestions. It may also be valuable conducting a community survey in order to examines the gifts and the needs of a community.

Rough Guide to Conducting a Community Survey for Mission

Connecting with the local Community

Why Connect locally Sharing the issues that most matter to the community Serving community needs where others aren’t able or have the capacity to provide willing volunteers Partnering individuals and other community groups to integrate the Church into the fabric of society Show God’s love to our communities in practical ways Encourage the faith in people in our communities who may share the values of the Christian faith but be on a different path of the spiritual journey to converge.

About Connecting Points

Connecting Points is a initiative of the Parish Development Committee of Hamilton Presbytery, The Church of Scotland. For further information, please contact Linda Walker.