As the Church enters unchartered territory during the coronavirus pandemic, we're asking you to share your ideas on how our churches, clergy, readers and all those connected with the church can reach out to their parishes.
It is important that people understand that the Church is still working for them and supporting them.
Although we may be physically separated from people in our parishes, there are countless ways we can continue to engage with them.
Please use this page to draw inspiration - and to let us know about your ideas and what is working for you, given the now strict rules about staying in our homes and keeping our churches closed.
Approaches to community engagement
Mission Action Planning is now well established across the Diocese which will encourage Community Engagement as an integral part of Mission.
Stella Collishaw, Community Action Officer, through her knowledge of local and regional organisations on current work fields will work with you to improve connections with your community to enable you to develop social justice focussed work.
Gareth Greenwood, Community Project Development Officer, can provide advice and support to you in the development of specific projects or initiatives.
In-house training planned in the Learning in Faith most in section titled 'Community'. Also related events may get posted on Environment pages 'Whats Happening' section.
FIND newsletter is a useful resource.
If you are looking to redevelop the use of your church building or hall, but aren’t sure what steps to take then there are a number of resources which will be of help.
Resources from DAC DAC
Crossing the Threshold – a Community Development approach to the use of Church Buildings Crossing the Threshold
Funding and grants
Church Urban Fund- Gareth Greenwood is the Diocesan link officer for CUF Church Urban Fund
News about funding and other resources are published in Find newsletter which you can request by email.
Environmental Funding guide from Helen Simpkiss.
Networks & Research Links
Nationally we have good links with the Social Responsibility Network across England and Wales which shares conferences, regional networks and resources.
Themed work is ongoing in a number of areas. Click on links below for more information:
Environment Derby Diocese agreed in June 2018 to work to become an awarded Eco Diocese. Parishes are registering and developing this work in partnership.
Credit Unions including work impacting poverty, debt, scams, and key social policy changes impacting the welfare state such as Universal Credit and related campaigns.
Food Poverty both advisers link to local Food Bank forums, the county Feeding Derbyshire initiative and related campaiging organisations.
Mental Health networks in this field are strong in this county so interact with advisers as you develop work in this field and any allied work on loneliness and isolation.
Project planning – Tools and resources
Alongside the MAP resources we have a range of other tools that will be useful at any stage of planning a project, initiative or event from the early ideas stage to supporting or facilitating evaluation in your parish or Deanery.
We also value your contact where there are good stories we can share to inspire others to illustrate the practical nature of our work.
Visible Difference SR network research report 2017
Christians in Practice Lichfield/Saltley research 2017
Stella Collishaw – 01332 388685
Gareth Greenwood – 01332 388690
If you develop a community initiative it would assist referral agencies to list it in Derbyshire Community Directory.