We currently have 17 accredited church-in-community projects, 4 of which are currently vacant and several more working on applications. 

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Synods Projects

1. Northern
Sunderland and Boldon VACANT/ACCREDITED 14.6.19
Billingham URC

2. North Western
Levenshulme Inspire URC, Manchester
North East Blackburn Group
Chorley URC

3. Mersey
Currently no projects.

4. Yorkshire
Sheffield Manor
Huddersfield URCs

5. East Midlands
Derby, Ashbourne Road to Central

6. West Midlands
Coventry, Ansty Road & St. Columba's

7. Eastern
Chelmsford URC & LEP

8. South Western
Bridgwater and Cannington URCs (VACANT/ACCREDITED 29.03.18)

9. Wessex

10. Thames North
Trinity, High Wycombe (VACANT/ON HOLD 22.11.17)

11. Southern
Copleston Church, Peckham, LEP

12. Wales
Swansea Region, Wales

13. Scotland
Priesthill and Shawlands URCs

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Billingham is a town dating back to Anglo-Saxon times within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees. The town developed substantially in the 1930’s as workers were attracted to the local shipbuilding industries and to ICI. The decline of these industries in the late 20th century, has left pockets of social deprivation including high levels of long-term unemployment, particularly in the areas directly around the Church.

St. Columba’s URC is part of the Hartlepool and Teesside Group, which consists of four URC churches in a 15-mile radius of each other (Hartlepool, Billingham, Stockton and Thornaby). Although the Church is within a four -church pastorate the CRCW project will only include St. Columba's URC.

Project Aims: By demonstrating Christian love and values, we seek to transform the lives of the most vulnerable in the local community. Two points of focus identified by the church are:

* to improve outcomes for the young people in the local area.
* in association with other agencies, to develop initiatives to engage with the socially isolated, including young parents, single parent families and elderly residents.

Church Related Community Worker; Ann Honey was called to this new CRCW project at the end of 2018 and inducted to St. Columba’s in February 2019. Ann says: “I'm looking forward to meeting lots of new people and seeing what God has in store for me. It will be different as I've never lived south of the water before (Northumbrian reference to the River Tyne!) - I'm really excited."

Ann will be dividing her time between the project (80%) and Northern Synod (for the remaining 20%). It’s early days but the initial aims are:

St Columba’s, Billingham - Strategic objectives aim to identify community needs and opportunities; to develop skills and confidence, enabling the church to respond practically and to reflect theologically on the issues identified; build up relationships within the locality of the church; to address social injustice and improve outcomes for vulnerable people in the community.

Northern Synod - To engage with Northern Synod’s partnership of Faith in our Communities (FIC) and support the churches of the Synod to develop their engagement in community work, as part of God’s mission.

You can read a Ann's most recent CRCW reflection here.

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