There is an exciting missional opportunity to express Christian faith in the public square by considering becoming a chaplaincy in education, especially in Further Education.
As members of the Free Churches Group, FCC are supporting this important initiative. Along with various resources which can be found on the Free Churches Group webpage, there will be an important day conference held in Manchester on 10th July.
Here are the details: https://www.freechurches.org.uk/news/2019/5/1/serving-as-a-college-chaplain-serving-god-in-the-community
We are encouraging all of our FCC churches to participate in this year’s Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative.
Here is a link to the Facebook group:
Here is a link to the website:
An external managing prison chaplaincy post has just been advertised in Derby in the East Midlands. This is a full time position (37 hours per week).
Details can be found here: https://www.freechurches.org.uk/current-vacancies/2019/3/8/managing-chaplain-hmp-foston-hall-external
Contact the FCC office if you have any queries.
The latest FCC Newsletter has been uploaded to the website here.
It includes reports on our recent FCC Connect Conference, from the Jennings in Ghana and a visit to partners in Romania, as well as reports from our churches and information about coming events. Why not download a copy and share it with your church/ministry?
To be added to the e-mail distribution please sign up here.
40 Acts is the Lent resource from Stewardship which encourages churches and individual participants to not only reflect on spirituality during the 40 days of Lent but to engage in 40 acts of generosity, love, compassion and justice.
Here is the link: https://40acts.org.uk
Bible Society have also produced some very good and useful Lent resources by the well known author and speaker Krish Kandiah. Their six-week focus is on what the Bible says about loneliness. You can engage through weekly radio broadcasts, podcasts and small group materials.
Here is the link: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/lent-2019/
For further worship resources, please follow this link.
A part time external prison chaplaincy (5 hours per week) has just been advertised at HMP Sudbury in the East Midlands.
If you are uncertain about whether you can apply, please contact the FCC office for appropriate qualifications.
Details can be found here:
The date has been set for this year’s FCC Connect Conference – please put it in your church diary now:
FCC Annual Connect Conference: Called to Create
Saturday, 17 November 2018, registration from 09.30, conference 10.00am-4.30pm
South Aston United Reformed Church, Upper Sutton Street, Birmingham B6 5BN.
Our theme is Called to Create – this is about God as creator calling us as his new creation to be co-creators with him of his kingdom. This should be evidenced in three areas of influence which our workshops will consider: family, church, and community. This allows for and encourages mission in the arts and creative spaces in our local contexts, but it is much larger as it relates to the call of creatively engaging missionally in these three areas.
Keynote speaker: Carol Kingston-Smith
author, lecturer, former missionary, social activist:
see her biography here: https://www.faith2share.net/trustees
There will be a resources exhibition. Entrance is free. An offering will be taken on the day.
Booking is essential for catering purposes Please book here.
FCC have now signed up for ‘give as you live’, which means you can support the work of FCC whilst shopping on line, if you log in via www.everyclick.com and select Fellowship of Churches of Christ as your benefitting charity.
World Communion Sunday takes place on the first Sunday in October each year. This rich ecumenical expression of unity focuses on what binds all Christians rather than what divides.
This year, on the 7th October, why not encourage your church or ministry to join in this visible expression of unity?
This video demonstrates how Christians across the planet express this yearly event.
Scripture Union have recently released their report on working with the 95% of children who are not engaged with church. This is an important resource to help us in today’s mission.
Here is the link: