Serving and Transforming (Salt and Light)

 

You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8b)

You are the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13)

In From Anecdote to Evidence growing churches were often actively engaged with those who might not go to church or are outside the existing community. (p10)

 

This page offers you a range of resources to help you with questions covered in this section of the Mission Action Planning tool. Some are within our own diocesan website but we have also included links to good outside sources. As we become aware of other useful materials, we will update this page.

Board of Faith and Justice

The purpose of the Board of Faith and Justice (www.sheffield.anglican.org/faith-justice) is to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Salt and Light strategy by developing a passionate, confident vision of the distinctive contribution that churches in our Diocese can make in seeking to transform our society and God’s world.

Every parish is encouraged to have a Salt and Light Link Officer whose task it is to promote the Salt and Light Strategy at local level and to act as a channel of communication between parishes, deaneries and the Board. For more information, contact: mark.cockayne@sheffield.anglican.org.

The following working groups oversee different aspects of community involvement:

Group

Brief description of purpose

Contact

Mental Health

To raise awareness of mental health issues & empower those who experience them

Chair: Dorothy White

Aging

To honour, encourage & explore the potential & vocation of Christians in later years       

Chair: currently vacant

Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns

To promote race & cultural awareness as well as full participation

Chair: Carmen Franklin

Bishop’s Advisor on Black Anglican Concerns

0114 245 7160

Dementia

 

To support people with dementia.

 

Chair: Theresa Paskell

01302 853587

Poverty & inequality

 

Chair: Steve Milwood

World development

To provide information support and advice on how parishes can engage with issues of global concern

Chair: Jackie Butcher

Bishop’s Advisor on world development

0114 262 1293

Climate change & environment

To encourage churches and individuals across the diocese to care for the environment that God has entrusted to us

Michael Bayley, Diocesan Environmental Officer

michael.hopeftf@gmail.com

 

Further general resources

  • Church Urban Fund (www.cuf.org.uk) provides resources across a very wide range of issues.
  • Hope UK (www.hopetogether.org.uk) seeks to support churches in villages, towns and cities to do more together in mission in words and action.
  • Oasis UK (www.oasisuk.org) has a long track record of working alongside whole communities to support the breadth of their needs, through education, healthcare, housing, children’s and youth work, debt advice, foodbanks and much more.
  • Food banks. If you need advice on setting up or running a food bank, contact Trussell Trust (www.trusselltrust.org). They are not the only providers but they do have a strong network.
  • CAP (https://capuk.org) or Christians Against Poverty can help you with debt counselling. This website is also a place to which you can direct individuals seeking help.
  • Dementia Action Alliance (www.sheffield.anglican.org/dementia-action-alliance ).
  • Church based projects that engage with vulnerable people should ensure that their staff and volunteers have at least a minimum level of expertise. They ought to be knowledgeable about common issues affecting vulnerable people and must work in a way that avoids harm to the people they engage with, themselves and their project. If you are involved in a project that could benefit from training in this area please contact Kim Balmer on Kim.Balmer@peterrowe.co.uk.

World Development Section

Climate change / the Environment

  • Hope for the future (www.hftf.org.uk) is an ecumenical, nationwide campaign to encourage and equip individuals, churches and groups to lobby their MP on climate change.
  • IPCC (www.ipcc.ch) or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a good source of research findings for those needing scientific data on the theme of climate change. You will also find good summaries by searching BBC news website.
  • A Rocha (http://arocha.org.uk) seeks to equip individuals and churches to live in a way that shows care for God’s creation. This includes resources for worship services and for everyday life. There are more specific items such as becoming an eco-congregation & churchyard conservation.

See the 'Further Resources' (www.sheffield.anglican.org/further-external-resources-for-map) page in this section of the website for 'Evidence to Action', Grove Books, and other material applicable to all sections of the MAP tool.

Don't forget the resources centre: www.sheffield.anglican.org/diocesan-resources-centre


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Help

Need help or advice?

Contact Trish Stafford

email 

Lucy.Nunn@Sheffield.anglican.org

or telephone 01709 309135.