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People of all denominations are asked to spend time some time each day from 17– 23 November praying for prisoners and their families, victims of offenders and all those who work or spend time with them.
Here are links to daily prayers and resources for worship, small groups and personal reflection.
Spurgeons Network intern Nikki Dravers reports back from this year's Youth Culture and Mission Lectures (YMCL). A thought provoking day where youth workers, clergy and three different lecturers explored the concepts of church and community and the changes brought by technology.
Could Citizens Avice Bureau be coming to a church near you?
Here's helpful and practical guidance produced by CAB and a number of churches who have developed advice services to serve their local community and want to encourage others to do the same.
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Safeguarding for faith groups
"Churches, other places of worship and faith based organisations provide a wide range of activities for children and have an important role in safeguarding children and supporting families. Like other organisations who work with children they need to have appropriate arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children." p.57 Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)
"Safety should always be at the heart of any activity that involves children, faith-based or otherwise" says the Safe Network which has a dedicated area for faith based groups on its website.
Helpful for session planning, the BBC maintains a calendar of important dates and Holy Days for all the major faiths.
The Faithworks Charter is a set of 15 principles for churches and Christian agencies to help them serve their local community in a professional and trustworthy manner, consistent with their Christian ethos. Ten years after being drawn up, it is still one of the most helpful and relevant documents to help you think through and put into practice, faith based community work.