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Dear God...
“The ocean is like God and raindrops are the religion. When they fall into the ocean they become one.”
Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin
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Truth be Told

Truth Be Told (TBT) is an inter-generational project that takes joy and life into residential care homes as 0-4's, their parents and residents enjoy storytelling, singing songs and being community together. With a special bag, covered in pockets and full of props, each week follows a different theme like 'transport' or 'animals' or 'colours' and each story tells of a different truth like 'I am loved' or 'I am safe' or 'I am precious'.  TBT works with local churches, care homes and families to provide a creative and responsive experience for everyone, helping to promote cognition and reduce loneliness.
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Behold the Man

Havant Passion Play Limited is a charitable company limited by guarantee.  Our aim is to bring the Word of God to the wider public through the medium of acting. Our first production was in August 2015 when we put on a play focusing on the Passion of Christ based on the Gospel of Luke. 

In August 2017 we had our second production, "Jesus in the Park" and in August 2019 we completed our third production "Behold the Man!" The productions all take place in Havant Park and are free to all comers.
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Something Worth Sharing

Disabled people can struggle to get in - let alone join in - churches and communities. Since 2012 we've worked with the church of St Martin in the Fields, creating a space where disabled people gather to share ideas, resourcing each other and the church.

Last year's conference shared practical ideas and experience around theology and language, chnage, communication and vocaqtion. And the ideas are worth sharing 0 because access is about so much more than lifts, loos and loops.  Something Worth Sharing shares whats' worked more widely - in a printed booklet, a series of launch events and in online materials freely available.
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During May 2019 Providence United Reformed Church in Derbyshire took a free loan of Westhill’s Exhibition, Living Life, a collection of paintings by Ruth Goodheir.

The exhibition was displayed during their Dying Awareness week and was a focus for a reflective service of remembrance, as well as being open to the public every afternoon from 3pm – 7pm as an enrichment to the accompanying activities.
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Yet he chose me

Prison Fellowship Scotland (PFS) is producing a new book called "Yet he chose me", which will be a collection of short stories, testimonies and examples of real-life stories where the PFS Ministry has impacted prisons, prisoners and their families.

This new book will be available to all Scottish prisons to encourage prisoners and their families to consider the Christian faith as a means of unlocking potential and transforming lives.
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Opening doors: Art

At Haslemere Methodist Church we wanted to create a significant visual impact for visitors to our church so we commissioned an applique and embroidery from Juliet Hemmingray Church Textiles to adorn the large front wall of the church.

The textile is a work of art in its own right but we hope it will also become a focus for, and encouragement to, local artists to display their own work here and for others to develop an interest in the arts.  We seek to develop the space as a venue for exhibitions and workshops. We believe the triptych will encourage conversation and action to these ends.
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City Youth - say no to anti-social behaviour

City Youth is helping young people (16-25) to say no to engaging in anti-social behaviour, cyber-bullying and the use of drugs and alcohol, by providing innovative ways to explore and discuss such issues in a safe, non-judgemental environment. We aim to empower young people using drama, music and words.
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With Full Conviction is a play which seeks to present the Christian message as one of life and experience rather than a system of belief. In the performance two people are helped to recover their lives and purpose through the intervention of a third character who brings them a message of hope through engagement with both their spiritual and practical needs.

The performance challenges some attitudes about other people which are often held in both churches and society. Following each performance there will be an optional discussion around the themes of the play – forgiveness, blessing, healing and salvation – and those present will be invited to join a course which has been created by the writer of the play.
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Holy Week 2019 brought this unique contemporary retelling of the extraordinary Easter story of Jesus' journey to the cross and resurrection to the streets of Birmingham City Centre. With a diverse team of over 100 community actors, Saltmine Theatre Company, musicians, technicians and stewards, the Birmingham Passion play took place three times, travelling from the Bullring to the Cathedral.
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Due to national funding cutbacks in the UK, many community English language programmes have been reduced, leaving new immigrants and asylum seekers vulnerable and more likely to remain isolated.

Christian TEFL is developing a pilot project to train Christians to teach English in their local churches, helping immigrants who don't speak English assimilate into their communities with an opportunity for gospel outreach. Initially we plan to run projects in three churches, and if successful we aim to develop further English teacher training opportunities to churches throughout the UK.
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Colleges of Further Education educate a higher proportion of 16-19s than school sixth forms, and are important presences in their local communities.  There has been encouraging growth in the number of Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges exploring chaplaincy provision in recent years, with new or renewed chaplaincies starting in several colleges regionally. 

This conference aims to offer training and support to FE chaplains in the wider West Midlands region, by providing two excellent keynote speakers, sharing good practice stories and giving chaplains the opportunity to meet in local groups for mutual support and encouragement.  The conference will also explore the scope for those regional clusters to continue meeting two or three times a year as a source of ongoing support.
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Lent Art Installation "Footfall"

The annual Lent Art Installation at Southwark Cathedral is about giving people new access points to the Cathedral, through an exploration of unconventional materials and mediums. The 2019 installation is entitled "Footfall", and sees artist Alison Clarks work with printmaker's scrim fabric dyed with printer's ink to make prints taken from places in the Cathedral that have been worn by footfall (such as the altar steps and monumental stones). These prints travel from above the reredos (behind the altar) to the sanctuary floor, signalling the passage of worshippers who have travelled through the cathedral across time.
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Creative Space: To Imagination and Beyond

Our project 'Creative Space' is aimed at encouraging children to consider aspects of faith through creative and performing arts like puppetry, drama, circus skills and dance. Our project will teach children's workers, children, and young people how to use these skills and abilities and fund their imagination leads them into faith.
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Christian Youth Camp

Our Flourishing Youth Club meets weekly every Sunday evening during school term. As part of the clubs annual programme, members attend a Christian Youth Camp in late July or early August. Its aim is to give our young people the opportunity to meet, socialise and participate in a variety of activities in a supportive Christian environment, and encourages them to discuss and consider the issues of importance related to their faith. This activities takes place through the medium of the Welsh language.
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The Phoenix and the Art of Shalom

What does the ancient Hebrew idea of shalom look like in modern day Scotland?  As Rock Community Church reopened a disused community centre within one of Scotland's most deprived communities, they asked this very question.

As The Phoenix saw its doors open again in Nov 2018 there was a desire to explore what this ancient concept of wholeness and holistic peace might look like for the people of Dumbarton West. In particular, we wondered how the arts might have a part to play in bringing spiritual, relational, mental, emotional, familial wholeness.  The Art of Shalom is an experiment in using the arts to celebrate and encourage life in its fullest sense.
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The disappearance of Eliza Grey is an entertaining full-length play exploring why people with Dementia can become invisible and how to enable them to live well. It supports the Alzheimer's Society 'Dementia Friendly Community' initiative.

Using a crime drama format, this two-hander, makes use of the familiarity of a small rural church setting, and can be performed in any space. This play also connects to other issues that cause people to become invisible in society. Audiences have loved the show and provided great feedback. It easily adapts into a workshop for carers, or people living with dementia.
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The Community Participation Programme is a holistic 3 phase programme building confidence, skills and positive relationships through creative activity for local people in Sparkbrook. Each phase is designed to build on the last working towards a deeper level of engagement.

The programme supports positive change by encouraging participation and interaction in a safe shared learning environment, centred around creative and fun activities. It values and promotes the skills and assests of the people in the local community by sharing cultural history and experiences. Finally, the project builds a strong and empowered community by developing the educational, practical and language skills of participants.
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With over 10,000 people permanently living on boats, many of whom are continually moving over the 2,000 mile network of the inland waterways in England and Wales, it is easy for many to be overlooked by local communities or government provision.

Waterways Chaplains proactively seek out such people to offer care, support and encouragement. The Westhill grant enables 10 additional voluntary Chaplains to receive the necessary specialist training in parts of the country not yet reached by the existing 70 Chaplains, to have some 1,000 meaningful coversations with boaters on the margins of society. 
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Christianity - Big Questions

Our project aims to reach out to many different audiences via social media, websites, home viewing, faith groups, with a series of short films challenging the viewers to think about Christianity in contemporary society. 

What are the big questions which the Christian faith needs to ask itself?  What are the big questions in society in which Christianity seeks to address? How might our viewers be challenged to rethink their perceptions of Christianity and which might be the future for a progressive faith?
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Season Two of the Young Quaker Podcast

The Young Quaker Podcast is a monthly downloadable audio show that promotes young adult Quaker voices, experiences, and ministry, and works to build a supportive online community for young Friends internationally.

Building on our success from the first season (Nov ‘17 - Jun ‘18) and with the help of Westhill Endowment Trust, we are now launching a second season of 9 episodes this autumn, to continue to provide a space for young adult Friends to explore and speak about their spirituality, through a medium that is accessible to all with an internet connection.
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Bible Engagement in multi-faith Schools

This project enables thousands of primary school children, in multi-faith cities across England and Wales, to engage with Bible Stories in a sensitive, educationally acceptable style.  In partnership with Birmingham City Mission, the Bible Society seeks to engage inter-faith dialogue between the Christian church and primary schools where children are from other faiths and none.

The project is building bridges between different faiths and cultures between communities. Different Christian church denominations come together to deliver Bible stories as part of collective workship in multi-faith primary schools, giving children and foundational understanding of our society's Christian heritage, enabling them to compare and contrast.
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IMAGINE PEACE: 20,000 DOVES

Imagine Peace: 20,00 Doves is a large-scale mass children's participation art installation at Lichfield Cathedral. Part of a year-long programme to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, the project will see our Artist-in-Residence working with local schools to create 20,000 paper doves; the doves will then be suspended in a large-scale art installation from the ceiling of the Cathedral's nave throughout December 2018.

Participating schools receive a pack containing the materials to make doves, information about the project, and a powerpoint presentation about the themes of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. The children will use their learning to develop and write on their dove a personal message relating to the project themes; they will also learn about the historical and religious context for the dove as a symbol of peace.
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St Andrews Church Rugby: The Song of Creation

Our project is to commission and co-curate a high quality art work for the West Tower wall of St. Andrew's Parish Church. The project will engage and build bridges in the community through exploring the Song of Creation.
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Developing Deeper Discussion

The aim of this project is first to provide pocket guides to relationships between Christians and other faith communities (Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Buddist). Second, we will use these guides to facilitate deeper discussion between Christians and other faith communities.
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The festival is organised by the local church for it's surrounding community. Working with people of all ages and backgrounds, seeking to create an interaction with the church and community. The festival uses the arts, including comedy, music, dance, drama and family focussed events help in a variety of venues to achieve this task.
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A Play in a Day

Project in planning for March 2019.

"A Play in a Day": The aim is simple - create a play in a day!  The event will provide an engaging way to get to know people. Our project will enable three local churches, in neighbouring areas, to connect with their communities. Each church will host our lead artist for one event, bringing all three groups together. This will be an opportunity to see each other's performances; connect across churches; and invite friends and family to see the fun we've had.
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Church of the Poor

We are building an ecumenical 'community of praxis' in South Yorkshire, linking together churches and projects that are working to build what Pope Francis has described as "a poor church that is for the poor".  Churches are learning from each other, supporting each other in their mission and discipleship, and showing the wider church what it really means to be a 'church of the poor'.
 
 
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Mixing Bowl @Holy Biscuit

'Mixing Bowl' is a twice-monthly gathering of people from a variety of backgrounds, including many who have left traditional church contexts and those with no known faith background. We meet to share a meal, discuss and reflect on an artwork (visual art, writing, music etc) and pray together.

We are committed to exploring what faith, art and shared life look like outside of the traditional church context.  We are based at Holy Biscuit, an arts organisation run by the Methodist Church. The activities and discussions in Mixing Bowl offer opportunities to explore and respond to the themes of the artworks exhibited in the gallery.
 
 
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Families Exploring Faith

In 2018 TLG will be running two Family Adventure Weekends, to which the children and families who we support through our Early Intervention Programme are invited to attend, for free.  These families are often in great social and economic need, so the time away means they are able to have fun away from the pressures of life, all while exploring faith, building relationships and spending precious time together.

We will be able to take 160 people away this year, and for some families this will be the first time they have ever gone on holiday together. The grant will also allow families to begin to connect with their local church communities through the trialing of Family Fun Sessions.
 
 
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Season of the Spoken Word

This season is about getting people together and talking! Using the spoken word we will explore our community's life and memories, we will explore the spiritual that lies behind stories, and we will use words to celebrate our community and unity.

The season will work across the generations and encourage people from different backgrounds to share their stories and to listen to others. We'll also use the other art forms such as drama, calligraphy and visual media to express words in diverse ways.
 
 
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Joined Up Conference

The Joined Up Conference is a 1-day annual conference for anyone involved in youth, schools or children's work - or with a passion for the church to engage more with children and young people.
 
 
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God and the Big Bang gives students from Year 6 - 13 (10-18 year olds) an exciting opportunity to discover, discuss and debate compatibility of science and faith. The day aims to equip young people with the all-important tools they need in order to form their own opinions and engage in rational, exciting, well-reasoned and thought-provoking discussion about the place for science in God's world.

We want to increase access to our events for low-income schools, offering a creative, professional, and highly engaging approach to questions of science and faith aswell as access to professors and graduates from top universities around the country, with the time to ask big questions and have a taste of what university level study might be like.
 
 
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Renewal Through Ressurection - Hamilton Passion Play 2018

A Passion Play is a community event which brings people together to tell the story of the last week of Jesus' life. Through drama, the redeeming power of the gospel is brought to life in a fresh way, allowing audiences to experience and engage with these events as never before.
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Fegans is a Christian children's charity supporting vulnerable children and their families. We do this through counselling and our ' Parents Supporting Parents Programme' which is an innovative project offering intensive 1:1 support in homes, together with group work and volunteering opportunities.

The programme is designed to build resilience and then take vulnerable families on a journey from isolation to volunteering, from lack of self-worth to growing confidence, from families in crisis to confident and hopeful home lives.
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Liverpool Cathedral will be exhibiting a seris of paintings by Peter Clare entitled 'Is Love Enough?'  Our aim is to engage with existing congregation to pose and explore the question of ‘the challenge of evil and how it can be overcome’.
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Voices from the Edge

Voices from the edge celebrates the stories of disabled people. For 5 years Inclusive Church and St Martin in the Fields have shared in running a disability conference organised by and for people with lived experence of disability.

Voice from the Edge is a booklet celebrating all that these conferences have achieved and telling the stories of some of those who have contributed. The booklet not only celebrates the conferences but encourages others to consider using a similar model in tehir own context.
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Here:Now:Us

At a time of growing division, Together for the Common Good is planning training packages in ‘Common Good Thinking’ for Church leaders, lay people and RE teachers. By building the capacity of the churches through their people, with the principles and practice of the Common Good, this project will untap their potential to create change in communities and to be a catalyst for social transformation. 

We aim to equip people to cultivate local leadership, build bridges and engage in effective relationship building in communities, schools, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.
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Oddments Theatre Company's new production 'The Hiding Place' tells the true story of Corrie Ten Boom and her journey from watch shop to concentration camp. The two-act play will focus on what being a Christian means in the darkest of situtaions, how Corrie found strength in her faith and the positve effect it had on others in terrible circumstances.

It is a true story of couragous actions and demostrates faith and love in action. Oddments produced the original script and is performed by a cast of six. A professional build stage set (adaptable for any kind of venue), props, costumes, sound and lights will be used to enhance the quality of the production. The show will tour 15+ prisons and 50+ churches and secondary schools throughout the UK.
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There are a lot of people in Reedham, but very few of them come to church. We therefore decided that the church would go out to the people, and that on Good Friday we would put on a plat through the streets of Reedham, to tell the story of Christ's Passion and death.

In this way we would not only bring the fundemental story of Christianity to those who might not know it, but also we hoped to engage with individuals, touch their hearts, and make them curious to know more. The website tells the take of how we set about it, and how it all worked out. (Picture: James Bass Photography.)
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Theos, in partnership with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, are proposing a project that will conduct and disseminate new research and analysis about the place of faith and belief on university campuses. It will propose a positive vision of the ways in which religious belief and commitment should be understood and fostered on campus and, by implication, in the public square into which students pass. This is a topic of significant importance.

The place of religion and belief on campus is becoming increasingly contested, with debates over the limits of free speech, religious provision, proselytism and religious freedom all prompting media attention over the past few months. However, despite these issues there has been little quality research into the place of religion in universities and how faith groups ought to relate to and live alongside student unions and university administrations.

We are proposing to remedy that situation. A national quantitative overview will attempt to be the first to actually map each of the faith and belief societies currently operating in British universities. It will then seek to answer the fundamental question of how faith and belief societies help foster more socially cohesive and peaceful campuses.
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Octave - Open for Discussion

Octave - Open for Discussion is a travelling art exhibition designed to stimulate conversations. It is hoped to help members of congregations to talk with each other more deeply and then to talk with members of their communities more deeply. Churches may use the exhibition in a variety of ways, including visits to it by local arts groups, artists, schools, colleges and more.

The exhibition can stimulate visits by groups in wider communities as a way to encourage dialogue on difficult personal subjects. The individual works, called Leap, Hear. Watch, Chill, Wait, Be, Fly and Call, are paintings which touch points of common human feeling. The exhibition is physically small enough to be uised in a variety of places and arrives with discussion materials.
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Children and young people have many questions about life, including the non-material world and the actively seek answers, meaning and identity. In order to assist their journey of discovery during 2017 we will run 'Prayer Spaces Weeks' in schools in Kent, in a safe, creative interactive and all-inclusive environment.

It will allow students to discover their own meaning and draw their own conclusions, and also encourage respect for each other. Teachers can bring their students for a subject lesson in the prayer space and students will be invited to visit it during their breaks at lunchtime and after school. It will empower them to contribute in positive ways in school, family life and in the community.
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Ignition Job Clubs

Jericho's innovative 'Ignition Project' is a training and support programme which equips volunteers from churches and other faith/voluntary organisations to deliver practical job search support and guidance for disadvantaged unemployed young people in their immediate local communities. Ignition provides disadvantaged job seekers with the knowledge, skills, practical support, encouragement and spiritual support to help them live better lives and search for work effectively through work preparation training courses and/or job clubs.

The unique and innovative aspect of Ignition is that the support is delivered right in the heart of the community by passionate and willing volunteers who live, work and worship alongside those they are seeking to help.