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Getting going again – Profile

27.9.2022 | Congregational Life,

People don’t know what they don’t know! One of the great frustrations following a successful church event or community initiative is bumping into people a few days later and they say ‘I heard the church had a lovely Afternoon Tea. I would have liked to get along but I didn’t know about it.’

Getting going again – Provision

27.9.2022 | Congregational Life,

Bowling clubs, uniformed organisations and toddler groups have been part of the life of many congregations for decades and provide a valuable resource for, and witness to, the wider community. Alongside meeting a genuine need or area of interest, groups like these connect with individuals and families that don’t go to church. This develops a familiarity with both people and place that is helpful when it comes to inviting people along to other programmes or activities within the church.

Getting going again – Present

27.9.2022 | Congregational Life,

Churches, schools, community groups, sports clubs and businesses make up the fabric of a local community in very tangible ways. This became very evident during the pandemic as each of these pillars endeavoured to respond in practical ways to local needs. There were great examples of congregations reaching out in partnership such as allowing a school to use church facilities, joined up foodbank collections and hamper distributions, and supporting the lonely through regular telephone calls.

Getting going again – Preludes

27.9.2022 | Congregational Life,

Even though it isn’t a word we use every day, most of us have experience of preludes. They are the kind of actions or events that serve as an introduction to something fuller. In the musical world, preludes introduce an opera. They also appear in works of fiction as a kind of scene setter for the story that is about to be unfolded in chapter 1. But in less formal usage, the idea of a prelude has come to be used more generally as a soft or gradual warm up to the main thing.

Getting going again – Preparing

27.9.2022 | Congregational Life,

Whilst we were unable to gather for activities during the pandemic, individual church members were present in the community more than ever due to furlough and home working. This allowed new and deeper relationships to be built with neighbours as we journeyed through a genuinely shared experience. Building on these relationships opens up great opportunities for community witness in our everyday conversations.

Expressions

22.9.2022 | Congregational Life,

Introducing PCI’s new small group resource

Turning of the Tide

22.8.2022 | Congregational Life, Prayer, Video,

As we approach September and a new church year, a week of Let's Pray (28 August - 3 September 2022) will be under the special banner of The Turning of the Tide.

Back Together Again

9.8.2022 | Congregational Life,

The Back Together Again resource is offered as a short, simple, stimulus to thinking and talking about how this next season in church life might take shape in your congregation

Inspirations

8.7.2022 | Bible Study, Congregational Life, Women's Ministry, Discipleship, Prayer, Presbyterian Women,

Inspiring women, living for Jesus