CRCW - Karen CampbellGrassroots Luton

The Bury Park Beech Hill Council of Churches has formally been in existence for 21 years; increasingly, members had been worshipping and studying together. Out of this relationship grew an awareness of the need to integrate into the community rather than defensively be isolated from it.

In the Bury Park and Beech Hill areas of Luton, diversity and multiculturalism have thrived to such an extent that they are seen as a threat by many people. Against this background of huge religious and cultural diversity, the Church Related Community Work Project has been an essential Christian testimony. Numerous activities organised as a result of the Project have sought to bring Christians together from across denominations in order to build confidence and encourage a sense of shared mission and purpose. The Bury Park Beech Hill Council of Churches have been enabled to make their presence felt in town-wide events such as the annual One World Week multicultural celebrations, Precious Pearls annual women’s event, the ‘Making Luton a Fairtrade Town’ campaign and events organised by the Faith Woodlands Communities Project. A variety of initiatives, including annual seaside trips, concerts, dinner-dances and multicultural fashion show, have enabled the churches to become better linked into their local community. Specific initiatives have deliberately established relationships with local places of worship and neighbours of diverse faith backgrounds e.g. cooking & befriending projects, and Harvest celebrations hosted by the churches, but shared with neighbours of other faiths.

Read more: BPBHCC, Luton

CRCW - Adella PritchardAdella Pritchard April14Web

Winson Green is an inner-city area of Birmingham, in the Soho Ward.  The ward is culturally diverse and has a younger age profile than the city average with half the population aged 30 or below.  A recent study of the area by Octavius Learning and Development Partnership, written in conjunction with the Bishop Latimer United Church,  highlighted the following: the multicultural/multilingual nature of the neighbourhood; the key concern of waste management,  the difficulty of residents finding time to commit to community activities and interact with neighbours – due to other pressures such as work, family, childcare etc. and the lack of opportunities for children and young people, including safe places to play outdoors and youth provision.

Read more: Bishop Latimer United Church, Birmingham (LEP)

CRCW - Mark TubbyMarkTubby April2014 Web

Weoley Castle Community Church wants to build on their long history of commitment to community ministry. They seek to connect with the lives of people in their community in worship by holding mid-week services and a monthly alternative worship service and helping to organise community events for Christian festivals, such as ‘Carols on the Square’ with local school children.  

CRCW Mark Tubby has started several initiatives, including Messy Church, a Junior Youth Club, Weoley Castle Youth Forum, an enhanced Church Newsletter, with a CRCW emphasis, and has been successful in raising funds for several youth and intergenerational projects. He has joined the Youth & Children’s Work committee and the Training committee for the Synod and has also responded to requests to advertise the importance of the CRCW role at other Churches and meetings. 

Read more: Weoley Castle, Birmingham

CRCW - Simon Loveittsimon loveitt April14 Web

The Manor Church and Community Project is an ecumenical project - Methodist, Anglican and United Reformed Church - working on the Manor & Castle electoral ward in SE Sheffield, a community ranked in the top 1% of the Government's indices of deprivation.

The vision is to work ecumenically, and in partnership with others who share our aims, to be agents of God’s transformation in the lives both of individuals and the community in the Manor area of Sheffield. The vision is based on our strong belief that the Church is called to be an agent of social change and a vehicle for establishing God’s Kingdom.

Read more: The Manor Church and Community Project, Sheffield
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