Urban Ministry

The Bishop’s Adviser for Urban Ministry, Peter Howard, is available to talk to about any aspect of urban mission.

The Bishop’s Adviser for Urban Ministry, Peter Howard, is available to talk to about any aspect of urban mission.

We want to support those working alongside the residents of the urban priority areas of this Diocese. To do this we have established a network of workers who have met from time to share experience from our communities and develop our thinking about urban issues as well as organising occasional conferences on topics of interest.

Following on from our last conference in October 21 led by Sara Baron from the National Estates Church Network we have set up a working group to plan for future networking. In 2022 we are launching a series of bi monthly meetings on zoom and an in person conference in the Autumn. Full details from Peter Howard.

The Bishop’s Adviser for Urban Ministry is also keen to meet anyone who would like to consult about any aspect of urban mission in their own context.

Contact the Bishop’s Adviser for Urban Ministry: The Revd Canon Peter Howard on 01603 738835 or crgre.ubjneq@qvbprfrbsabejvpu.bet

 


Church Urban Fund

The Church Urban Fund was set up by the Church of England after the Faith in the City Report in the 1980’s. The Fund was established to help local churches and communities set up projects to engage with the challenge of poverty.

 

Many good projects have been set up through the scheme including several in the Diocese. The money for this fund has now run out and CUF no longer is able to offer grants itself however from time to time it can flag up opportunities for funding relevant projects. In recent years it has initiated a new approach to help churches engage with the challenge of poverty in their local communities. This is the Together Network a series of partnerships between CUF and dioceses that are governed by their own board of Trustees.

 

This network of local relational partnerships work with churches, national and local government, charities and foundations, as well as individual supporters, to bring about positive change in communities. It aims to develop capacity for action at a local level, and to inform, inspire, resource and support local churches and organisations, as they work to address issues of social justice and relationships between communities. It does this by:-

  • Increasing the number of church-based social activities, in order to create effective responses to poverty and build strong, flourishing communities.
  • Strengthening people’s capacity to take effective action to tackle poverty.
  • Developing partnerships and collaborative working between churches and with other organisations, in order to encourage joined-up activities and innovative thinking

 

We have such a partnership in this diocese and it is entitled Imagine Norfolk Together.

 


Imagine Norfolk Together

Imagine Norfolk Together is part of the Together Network set up in our Diocese.Through funding from CUF and the Diocese we have been able to employ development workers in Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn. Through their work over the past 5 years a wide range of projects have been helped to emerge and awareness by local churches developed. You can find out more on their website – https://imaginenorfolktogether.org.uk/

Follow Imagine Norfolk Together on Facebook  here


Places of Welcome

Places of Welcome is a national network of offers of hospitality. It emerged from a development in the Together Partnership serving the West Midlands and is now national. We have a few examples in Norfolk and are keen to extend our reach.If you have an existing offer of hospitality and would like to become part of a network or are thinking of setting something up and would like advice and ideas do take a look at their website – https://www.placesofwelcome.org.uk/

If you would like to take this further please contact Peter Howard who is the area coordinator.