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15th March 2023 visit:


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A story of ‘Regeneration and Rest’   
It started with prayer. Little local ‘houses of prayer’ began praying in their geographic locations and prayer walking the streets all over Whitby and the surrounding villages asking God to send revival.
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Lessons for pioneer pastors  
Benjamin Francis was a rural pastor. English wasn't his native tongue. He was a bivocational farmer-pastor who looked after a small congregation in a small village. Yet in his ministry, he baptised 450 people. Lessons...
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Social Renewal
6 keys of connection: turning your neighbourhood into a community 
Neighbours are a wellspring of abilities, knowledge, passions, experiences. When we encourage, support, share, enjoy neighbours, we put the world to rights on our street, build connection.
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Four core regrets in life
“How often do you look back in your life and wish you had done something differently?” Analysis of 23,000 regrets from around world show four core regrets and how regret, while painful in the moment, can help us move forward.
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Marketplace Renewal
Redirecting procurement to social enterprise suppliers   
Social procurement creates better outcomes for society, the environment and a business. It prioritises social and environmental outcomes alongside financial factors
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Creating a 'Social Business City'
Taoyuan City, Taiwan has created “an enabling ecosystem for social businesses, social enterprises and social innovation” by removing obstacles and giving them the “power, means, opportunities and authority to pursue their goals”.
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Life Chances
ACEs reduction is a community initiative   
Resilience is the responsibility of not just one sector, but all sectors. Could every sector share the information on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), brain development, and resilience as a platform on which to build particular strengths, skills, and capacities?
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An online parenting program for divorced parents   
Most divorced or separated parents ask themselves, “What can I do to protect my children from the problems that often follow divorce?” An online parenting-after-divorce programme backed by research..
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Online - The future of Foodbanks 1pm 21 Mar
Compassionate Communities. According to The Trussell Trust, the need for foodbanks has risen by 81% in the last five years. Many churches run foodbanks, food pantries, community meals and other food distribution services and we are often asked:Are foodbanks a sustainable, long-term response?
Are they dignified? Are there alternatives?This session will explore these issues and discuss community building in addition to immediate relief.
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Online - Monitoring and Evaluating Small Church Projects 12pm 22 Mar
Are you running or planning to run a small project in your community? Have you considered how you will assess the impact it has and how you’ll evaluate how it’s gone? In this short, free session, designed for churches, CUF will explain why impact measurement is so important and how to go about doing it with some simple tools (developed in partnership with Benefact Trust) – without creating lots of extra work.
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Online - Talking Mission & Evangelism - Future church in a post covid world 10am 25 Mar
Perspective Conference conversation. Patrick Dixon shares with us on: “Future church in a post covid world: 4 signs of the times and what they mean for mission”, unpacking cultural and spiritual shifts happening now, and how to develop your mission and evangelism as a result. We’ll also be hearing an interview with Amy Key, a church leader in Ipswich as she shares her experience of church planting and mission in this cultural landscape.
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In-Person - Multiply: Estates Mission 10am 28 Mar London
God is doing something significant on our estates.This is an opportunity to gather with others who have a heart for estates, to celebrate God and all he is doing, and see him multiply all that is happening. Multiply: Estates Mission is for practitioners with a deep love for estates mission and those who are new to the call but hungry to get going. It’s for everyone so bring your team.
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In-Person - Fresh Expressions: Leadership in the Liminal* 11am 29 Mar - 4pm 30 Mar Swanwick
*Liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation in the space occupied between one thing and another. In a rapidly changing world, and in a church trying desperately to discover what the ‘new normal’ might be, the liminal experience is very real. Do our inherited models of leadership work in such a context? Is a new approach required? fx is pleased to be hosting a hybrid gathering of congregation leaders, church planters and pioneers from across the missional landscape, and we’re delighted to be welcoming four high-quality contributors to guide us in our conversations.
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