URC Mersey is helping churches stay connected with their congregations and communities during the Coronavirus with advice and resources.
See notes from our October Synod here.
Churches and congregations have spoken of how difficult these past few months have been, and we know there are challenging times ahead. In response, our friends at Northern College are providing a free online course available to everyone in the URC Northerly Synods, which includes URC Mersey Synod. The course explores how trauma can affect us all, what it means for communities and churches and how might we read the Bible during difficult times. Find out more You can book in to as many, or few, sessions as you wish. There are evening events via Zoom on Tuesday 3, 10, and 17 November and also during the day on Saturday 14 November. If you would like to book a place at some, or all of the sessions, please contact email@example.com
Our Synod had a link with Malawi, so we thought some of you may like to read this external newsletter.
Reset the debt
The Joint Public Issues team (JPIT) conducted research into poverty under lockdown and identified the build-up of debt by low-income households as a major impending problem.
JPIT has now developed a campaign to Reset the Debt.
The All churches Trust has launched Hope Beyond, a new grants programme to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities as the long-term impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer. Hope Beyond can provide between 10% and 80% of a project’s costs, up to a total of £50,000. Find out more and how to apply here
The National Churches Trust's foundation grants programme funds small works to church buildings that cost up to £10,000 (excluding VAT) by providing grants of up to 50% of the cost (up to £5,000). Works would need to have two quotes in place and permissions, if required. Decisions are made on a monthly basis. The final deadline for 2020 funding is 30 October 2020. Read more.