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This month, we have the privilege of hearing from a URC colleague Roo Stewart; Programme Support Officer for Church & Society, Swansea emergency food resourcewho has written an article focusing on the work of one our CRCW projects in Swansea. The Swansea Region of Churches is formed of a number of churches including URC and Methodist LEPs. 

Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) Adella Pritchard was interviewed for the piece and talks about the work that has been going on during the pandemic, to support local communities. Roo writes:

"The inspiring work of the congregations in Swansea is representative of that being done by many churches across the country, who continue to do their utmost to lessen the devastating impacts of Covid-19 for everyone. Adella would be the first to point out that she is only one of a host of CRCWs in Britain who work so hard with their communities. She would also reinforce how the church congregations she works with enable these things to happen through generous giving of finances, enthusiasm and time."

You can read Roo's article in full here: Swansea churches doing justice, loving mercy, walking humbly. Donation Morning

Would you like to know more about Church Related Community Work Ministry? We have plenty of resources available including: Become a CRCW and Become a CRCW Project.

Do you have a question? Please feel free to contact the CRCW office by email for more information.

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Christ Well, Emergency Food Resources

Please help us provide emergency food for those in immediate need by donating recently bought non-perishables to one of the following drop off points:

CK's Nisa Local (Pentregethin Road), or One Stop Shop (Eaton Road), or on Tuesdays 11am - 12pm take to Christ Well (124 Manselton Road SA5 8PW).

Items needed: tinned goods, dried food, cerals and snacks, tea/coffee/sugar, pet food.


 

 

 

Our latest reflection is from Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) Mark Tubby. Mark is the CRCW at the Lighthouse Be Kind posterProject – a beacon shining out to our community, which is based at Dovercourt Central Church in Harwich. It is a local ecumenical project shared between the United Reformed Church and Methodist churches.

Mark made the move to Harwich in September 2019 and could never have predicted how his community skills would be so highly utilised in the following few months, with the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic. Mark said that although there were challenges, he soon found that collaborative working between many local agencies made an enormous difference and he was so proud by the joint working partnerships that formed, in order to serve their community during a crisis. Mark recalls:

“We delivered shopping and prescriptions, created food parcels, set up a pastoral chatline, made and delivered cooked meals and several other tasks and programmes. One of the things that struck me most was the way in which so many of these local organisations came together to work as one, for the good of the community.”

The pandemic, although life-changing has taught us some important lessons. It has taught us to look out for one another and has fostered a sense of community in many places, where it had been lacking before.

“The world as we had come to know it has been flipped around, and that is difficult to get your head around. Yet, also in the news, we heard stories about how people came together to ensure vulnerable folk were looked out for. Here in Harwich we felt that real sense of coming together and forming relationships that will see us through all sorts of challenges.”

So, if we have learnt anything, we have learnt that there is hope for the future and there is hope that we will help each other through this. Mark says: “I felt privileged to be part of the project here, and certainly saw God at work in the lives of many people.”

Read Mark's full reflection: In this Together, here.

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This month we hear from Church Related Community Worker; Alison Dalton who was (until very recently) the CRCW at the Bluebells Woods Web cropBuilding Bridges Project in Tonge Moor, Bolton. Alison has recently received a call to the Sunderland and Boldon CRCW project and although she feels very sad to leave her role and the people she has formed close friendships with in Bolton, she is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities a new project can bring.

This reflection is all about life in lockdown, and the beauty of nature, which appears ever more vibrant in these strange times. Alison has been blown away by the beauty of the bluebells whilst wandering and has even learnt about various names they have been given in history along with their meaning:

"The bluebell stood for humility, gratitude and everlasting love, so for me this is a flower of our time......Those that have been most important, most needed during this time have predominantly been those often missed, unseen and forgotten in our society, maybe we could say those working in the most humble occupations, the nurses, the home carers, the shop workers, delivery drivers, postal workers, transport workers and community volunteers".

Read or download a PDF of Alison's full reflection here.

Read more: Nature’s rainbows and whimsical wanderings

In the second of our June reflections, we hear from Church Related Community Worker; Jo Patterson, who is the CRCW at CoplestonUmbrella crop Church & Centre in Peckham. Jo reflects on time during lockdown, the challenges it has presented but also the little things that have made life better, whether it be reconnecting with old friends, baking, more time with family or making new friends within her local community. Thinking about connecting with others, Jo fondly shares a touching moment that recently moved her. 

Read more: Creating new community in the challenging times ahead

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