Walk Towards Hope at Christmas
Mary and Joseph walked 90 miles to reach Bethlehem. Their story is one we tell each Christmas with hope, love and joy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could extend that hope to everyone’s journey today?
As we head towards another challenging winter, many of us are in need of support, care and community. That's why CUF is supporting churches to play an active role in creating strong and loving communities.
Join us in prayer, reflection and action this Advent by downloading our worship resources or organising a sponsored walk.
Hope brings us together. Can you join the Walk Towards Hope this winter?
Building lasting relationships
Rev Clive Hamilton, vicar of St Barnabas’ Church in Knowle West, describes how the Growing Good Toolkit has helped the congregation to recognise they had persevered in being present to the local community through a difficult time.
Growing Good: Serving Hope
Kath is a lay leader and volunteer at St Paul’s Church in Staybridge. The Growing Good ‘Presence’ session helped them identify that they wanted to strengthen the church's relationship with some of the local schools, and particularly the local high school, which sits right behind the church.
Our experience of using the Growing Good Toolkit
In this short conversation between two church leaders from the diocese of Chester, they discuss how they have used the Growing Good resources to explore the links between social action, discipleship and growth. Both churches are part of the Transforming Lives Together network of parishes in Chester diocese whose joint aims are physical and spiritual transformation
Giving and receiving God's love
Revd Melanie Burnside is a curate in the Diocese of York, where she ministers to five rural churches. Growing Good helped Melanie’s church reconnect with the community after lockdown, which was particularly difficult in rural communities where lack of transport often prevents different people from coming together.
Growing Good makes a difference
Tim Jones is a Pastor at Emmanuel Church, Brighton, part of the New Frontiers network. “Growing Good encouraged us to keep our love for the city visible throughout everything we’re doing with and for the community across different contexts."
Growing Good with Bishop Lynne Cullens and Hannah Rich
"The impact of Christian social action in our communities is huge - serving with love, with compassion and with gospel conviction, day in, day out." Bishop Lynne Cullens.
Watch a recording of our recent webinar featuring Bishop Lynne, Hannah Rich, author of the GRA:CE project report and church leaders who have used the Growing Good Toolkit.
Just Church? Why social justice matters to followers of Jesus Christ and the church.
On Thursday, 31 March, Bishop Adrian Newman (Bishop in Residence, Church Urban Fund) chaired a webinar including Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley, author of Embracing Justice, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2022. In this special webinar, speakers unravelled the why, what and how of Christian social justice, and discussed the challenges and opportunities for churches to embrace justice – and encourage their communities to do the same.
Many local churches want to engage with social action, but need support and resources to get started. Please donate today to help equip more churches to grow in faithfulness and fruitfulness.