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Wednesday 8th September 2021 Diocesan Finance Webinar
3-4pm What every church needs to know to make their 2022 Parish Contribution Commitment This zoom webinar is open to anyone with an interest in diocesan finance. It will be particularly useful for PCC members who will be involved with deciding Parish Contribution commitments, and for those holding particular roles on PCCs (Treasurers, secretaries, and clergy). At this session most of the time will be dedicated to: - Setting out the key messages for Parish Contribution commitments for 2022, and what is expected of churches in making their responses. - How the 2022 commitments relate to the ongoing Shaped by God Together process. - An update on the diocesan budget process for 2022. - Plenty of time for questions and answers. To book your place click on the link below:
Friday 10th September 2021 Communications Drop-In
10am-12noon - Zoom If you'd like to chat with someone about a specific query regarding digital church or your community’s online presence then please come to one of our virtual drop-ins. You may want to discuss online church, social media, A Church Near You or something else! To drop in please use the link below at any time between 10am-12noon.
Monday 13th September 2021 Exploring Christian Faith in the Context of Childhood Trauma
Local adoption and fostering charity ‘Home for Good: Leicester’ is hosting a roundtable to listen and share experiences about exploring, or helping others explore, the Christian faith in the context of childhood trauma. The event will take place on Monday 13 September, 7.30-9.30pm at Hope Community Church, 56 Bull Head Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 1PA. Findings from this event will be used to help Home for Good develop resources for churches seeking to become more trauma-informed. If you are interested in joining us for this event, please rsvp to leicester@homeforgood.org.uk by 10th September 2021. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a contribution to the conversation, or stay in touch with future work in this area, please use the same email address to contact Debbie Hill at Home for Good: Leicester. Home for Good has for a number of years delivered a church engagement programme which aims to equip churches to better understand the needs of looked after and care experienced children and young people, and the families, and to be an inclusive place for them. As they develop this work further, we would like to understand how people with experience of significant and complex childhood trauma engage with and explore the Christian faith. Complex, prolonged and significant childhood trauma, such as that often experienced by those who are, or have been in the care system, can negatively impact upon that person's Internal Working Model (IWM) – the way they see themselves, others and the world around them. Christian concepts such as grace, mercy, forgiveness, redemption, hope, unconditional love and being fathered by a loving God can conflict with a negative IWM. This can be to such a degree that a person with a complex trauma history may feel unable to engage in conversations about the Christian faith, may have a lot of questions and are likely to need sensitive and empathic support as they wrestle with faith in the context of complex and often overwhelming thoughts, memories and feelings. The following needs have therefore been identified: 1. Children, young people and adults with complex trauma histories, who are seeking to explore the Christian faith, need to be understood and able to ask questions in a safe place with people who are willing to step into the “space” of trauma and see things from their world view. Even if answers are not always possible, sensitive conversations should be facilitated. 2. Christians who are parenting, caring for or supporting people with complex trauma histories need to know how to engage in meaningful, sensitive and empathic faith conversations – this may be through the provision of training, resources and through the wider support of the church. 3. The church (including church leaders, pastoral workers and youth workers) needs access to support that will enable it to become more trauma-informed.
Tuesday 14th September 2021 Diocesan Finance Webinar
7.30-8.30pm What every church needs to know to make their 2022 Parish Contribution Commitment This zoom webinar is open to anyone with an interest in diocesan finance. It will be particularly useful for PCC members who will be involved with deciding Parish Contribution commitments, and for those holding particular roles on PCCs (Treasurers, secretaries, and clergy). At this session most of the time will be dedicated to: - Setting out the key messages for Parish Contribution commitments for 2022, and what is expected of churches in making their responses. - How the 2022 commitments relate to the ongoing Shaped by God Together process. - An update on the diocesan budget process for 2022. - Plenty of time for questions and answers. To book your place click on the link below:
Saturday 18th September 2021 Journey in Faith Taster Session
10am - 12 noon. There is still time to join this year's JiF course. Why not join a taster session to find out more on Zoom this week? Zoom details are below: Meeting ID: 932 0777 2963 Passcode: 927176
Thursday 23rd September 2021 Unconscious Bias Training
10am-1pm, venue tbc Through our UB workshops we will help you move from awareness to action, learning how to interrupt bias and leverage the full potential of all of God’s children within Leicester diocese. Build awareness to understand what unconscious bias is and why it matters. Understand the impact of unconscious bias at work and the impact it has on your decision making. Develop skills to help you recognize and take action to manage bias. Create a goal-setting plan to work toward inclusive leadership by managing your unconscious bias. Unconscious bias Guide provided to all participants; when possible, tailored to context. This course is open to all but places are limited, and will be on a first come, first served basis via the M&M Bookings inbox MMBookings@LecCofE.org. Contact Dinta for more information at Dinta.Chauhan@LeicesterCofE.org.
Sunday 26th September 2021 Generosity week
Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in. It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action. By the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives. Find out more via the link below.
Monday 27th September 2021 Generosity week
Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in. It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action. By the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives. Find out more via the link below.
 Church of England Vision for the 2020s: Rural Parishes Focus
1 – 2pm There's still time to register for this next webinar: click on the link below to register. Join the national CofE team for an interactive panel session discussing the emerging vision for the next decade and what it means and might look like in a rural context. With practical examples of churches working out what it means to be missionary disciples, a younger and more diverse church, and a church where mixed ecology is the norm in their rural setting. This is one of a series of webinars, exploring what it means to be a church that is centred on and shaped by Jesus Christ – a church that is simpler, humbler, bolder. The webinars are an opportunity to find out more about the emerging vision and strategic priorities for the Church for the next decade and to ask your questions. Recordings of the previous webinars in the series are available at www.churchofengland.org/vision. For more information, contact: emergingcofe@churchofengland.org
Tuesday 28th September 2021 Generosity week
Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in. It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action. By the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives. Find out more via the link below.
Wednesday 29th September 2021 Generosity week
Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in. It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action. By the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives. Find out more via the link below.
Thursday 30th September 2021 Generosity week
Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in. It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action. By the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives. Find out more via the link below.
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