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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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Passion for the Planet

Damn Cheek CIC and Gateshead Deanery’s Passion for the Planet is a multifaith community-centred theatre project. Schools and community groups will explore creations tries and what they might teach us about caring for the planet, with activities throughout May/June 21 including invitations to explore and develop their own creativity and skills by creating content for the production.

The project culminates in a two-week run of a specifically commissioned site specific production at Christ Church, Felling, into which the community work and the faith stories are interwoven and in which the audience play an active role. All in a Covid-secure environment!
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Keynsham Girl’s Brigade plan to study environmental issues that affect the world and its population. They plan to investigate ways to reduce these and relate their study to the Christian idea of Stewardship. They will examine local issues and include local people, They will produce a display highlighting local areas of environmental concern and discuss how everyone can make Keynsham a better place to live.
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“A Question of Faith” is a project by Southampton City Mission Schools. Religious Education (RE) is a curriculum subject unlike any other. It is not like Maths, Science or Literacy; RE is a question of Faith. As such, many schools struggle to meet the legal requirements for teaching RE, often resulting in the majority of pupils being without sufficient support to develop their own coherent patterns of values, principle, and spiritual formation framework.

This project aims to close that gap by providing every child in Primary Education the opportunity to experience A Question of Faith RE day in each of their academic years (R-6) across Southampton region, and beyond; wherever requested.
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Raising Up Local Leaders

Raising Up Local Leaders: 14 million people in the UK are living in poverty. In many disadvantaged communities, money is tight, stress is high and opportunities hard to find. Though the local church has made many efforts to contribute to social action, many people in disadvantaged communities are not being reached with the gospel.

With our training and resources, leaders are being equipped to identify the needs in their community, develop a strategy relevant to their context, and deliver projects that support the holistic wellbeing of the communities around them.
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Leadership on a Journey

The Museum of Methodism at Wesley’s Chapel in London is curating an exhibition in conjunction with the national Church that will showcase, through objects and stories, the influence of Black British, Asian and British global diaspora leaders on Methodism. 

Explaining the aims of the exhibition, the Revd Dr Jennifer Smith, Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission, said: “Our responsibility as a Museum is to give all of us a fuller sense of history to help us navigate the future.  This is heritage as mission, and deeply about forming and re-forming Methodist identity to resource our mission today.”
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Mental Health Training for faith Based Personnel

Chapter – an expert in the field of mental wellbeing – is providing Mental Health First Aid training to 30 faith leaders from across North West of England, in order for them to better support their communities.
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Hope – Leaves of the Tree – A Reflective Memorial

From 5 - 31 August 2021, Worcester Cathedral will host The Leaves of the Trees, an installation of 5,000 steel ‘Hope’ leaves, as a reflective memorial to the effects of the pandemic. The installation is designed to honour those who have lost their lives, but also to allow everyone to take a moment to contemplate what we have been through and to think about loved ones.
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RE:SOLVE

British Youth for Christ have developed the RE:QUEST website; an online delivery of RE teaching resources on the beliefs and practices of Christianity, alongside issues that they face. It is a free resource, accessed by RE teachers, PGCE students and young people around the world.

The site caters for all key stages, from KS1 to A level. RE:SOLVE, supported by Westhill, is one of the 5 focused modules within this and is produced for KS4 and KS5 (GCSE and A Level) students and teachers. The unique aspect of the RE:QUEST material is the variety of the content formats. From Bible texts, questionnaires, interviews, video streaming and interactive games, BYFC continually strive to remain innovative in their delivery of high-quality, authentic and relevant content.
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Angels of Stonegrove

Angels of Stonegrove is an arts project based on bringing people together to nourish their creativity through a focus on angels. With the help of St. Peter’s Church we established and strengthened relationships across generational, ethnic and class borders by offering of free, regular art workshops which serve as a venue for learning new things, resulting in artworks that have become part of a semi-permanent display at our home in the OneStonegrove joint community and church centre.

Originally conceived for face-to-face contact, the project migrated to zoom due to COVID but we aim to relaunch live when we can.
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The Bell Tower Youth Drop-in provide daily after school youth provision for all secondary school students. Our project launched in 2014 after previous government funded youth centres had to close due to the cut backs to the statutory youth services.

Our primary goal is to provide all young people in our city with a safe place, with opportunities to volunteer, learn and thrive through our various off-shoot projects.
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A Covid Response

The mission of St Martin’s Centre for Health and Healing is to support vulnerable people and as a Covid-response we have recently launched a new service delivering Situational Counselling and Psychological Wellbeing support.
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Supporting Chaplains of Higher Education Settings

The need to support chaplains has become more urgent as universities face increasing challenges. Chaplains, who are used to working face-to-face with students and staff of all faiths and beliefs, are having to find new ways of engaging with their communities.

We aim to provide support for HE chaplains by enabling networking and building relationships, offering regular opportunities for discussion, and providing high-quality input for theological and practical development through a series of webinars. Whilst our focus is on supporting Free Church chaplains, we operate an open-door policy, where any chaplains or those working in a chaplaincy-related role, are welcome.
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Journey Through Art

“Pop In – Drop In” is a community project based in Birmingham. The peer-led group are planning a project titled ‘A Journey Through Art’ which will utilise the creativity of artists who use art as a therapeutic tool for mental health. The artists will work closely with participants to work towards improving community, spirituality and mental health. Gallery visits and exhibitions will also enhance the experience.
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The Hildegard Project

The Hildegard Project, a direct response to COVID, builds on the work of the community for over 27 years, now facing a rapidly changing world.  Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen, 12thc., we are taking forward our commitment to holistic healing. Supporting people of all ages in their physical, mental and spiritual health through recognising the interface between the gardens, arts, spirituality and justice, which get to the heart of this project. We find that awareness between nature, spirituality and hospitality empowers people towards transformation of life.
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Treasure Trails

Thousands of people have attended our treasure trails at Hull Community Church, and this funding allows us to extend those by bringing the Narnia Trail to other churches, and creating a new Rainbow Trail.

The Narnia Trail, which has been visited to date by 8,000 people, explores the themes of temptation, betrayal, trust, redemption and faith through a hands-on, interactive experience from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The new Rainbow Trail is for the lead-up to Pride with the theme of being “wonderfully and colourfully made” – exploring families of all kinds, through colour and art.
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The Faith Guiding Course

The Faith Guiding Course is for those wishing to be trained to lead high-quality educational visits to places of worship. The Faith Encounter Programme has extensive knowledge of the faith sector and involvement with a wide range of faith-inspired organisations which has helped them to successfully engage collaboratively with diverse faith communities in Birmingham, the Midlands and further afield.

Their aims include offering customised courses in Faith Guiding to train Guides of all faiths to receive visitors with confidence and openness at their places of worship in the Midlands Region.
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The Road to Easter

Havant Passion Play Limited (HPP) has been a registered Company and Charity since January 2013. Our aim is to bring the Word of God to a wider audience through the medium of drama.

The three productions we have done so far have all been performed in the open air but in 2020 and 2021 we have had to find new ways of working. For Holy Week 2021, we produced an online event called ‘The Road to Easter’.

The first trailer went out on 19th March 2021 followed by films shown each day from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday inclusive. Please read our webpage to find out more about us and our project.
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Aurora Youth and Children’s Ministry Courses

Aurora is an 8-month training course for anyone involved in Youth or Children’s Ministry who are wanting to develop their ministry, volunteers or paid workers. It’ll be entering its 9th year in Sept 2022, with around 200 students having completed the course over the past 8 years or so. It’s run in partnership between Sheffield Methodist Circuit and Sheffield Diocese, with 3 Saturday sessions taking place physically in Rotherham and 8 Wednesday evening sessions on Zoom. We explore a wide range of topics, from the Values of Youth and Children’s Ministry; Theology of the Child and Young Person and more.
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Pause for Thought

‘Pause for Thought’ provides free resources for teachers, parents, clergy or others leading collective worship, providing a moment of daily reflection for students. Pause for Thought was rapidly developed during Lockdown to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of primary and secondary students, building on the well-established and popular Assemblies website www.assemblies.org.uk.

It aimed to create easy to use shorter sessions addressing current issues including isolation, fear, change and loneliness. The resources are used by a wide variety of schools and are available to people of all faiths and none.
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Many people want to pray but don’t know how or where to begin. Discovering Prayer provides education and training in prayer to help people develop a joyful, fulfilling relationship with God.

Drawing on a rich heritage of Christian monastic wisdom, we create accessible guided audio prayer times that are rooted in Bible passages and soaked in prayer.  Our new interactive online prayer course, Rhythm of Grace, will invite people into a gentle rhythm of morning and evening prayer. Free and open to all, it is designed to help people find peace, comfort and strength in turbulent times.
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Engage! Youth Mentoring.

Engage! Youth Mentoring (formerly Lichfield Community Mentoring) facilitates the recruitment, training, placement and supervision of mentors in local primary and secondary schools in Lichfield.  Mentors aim to build self-esteem, confidence and aspirations through a weekly one-to-one positive relationship with students referred to us in school.  Many of the students are struggling but would not otherwise be seen, having fallen through the gaps between available school resources and overwhelmed professional agencies.  Not only the children and schools benefit but we also find that the mentors themselves get a lot out of investing in their local community.

Westhill's commitment to us has enabled us to expand our volunteer base meaning we can collectively see more children in Lichfield.  Moving into 2021, despite the set-backs that everyone has faced, we are in a good position to keep moving ahead with the project.
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Signposting: Supporting teachers with RE subject knowledge

This project was launched by Warwickshire SACRE back in Autumn 2019 in response to a growing number of local RE leads asking for support with their RE Subject Knowledge across the board. We also know they received, on average, 3 hours of RE whilst engaged in Initial Teacher Training.

We have devised a programme that makes use of local places of worship and SACRE members in 'expert' roles to provide a tour, talk, and Q&A's based on their faith tradition. Sessions are filmed to provide digital Continuous Professional Development for teachers back in school, increasing the reach and impact of the project further.
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Hope Therapeutic Garden

At Hope Therapeutic Garden, which met weekly in Sparkbrook, we have always strived to give members a sense of belonging and feeling loved. Many have suffered trauma in their lives or have insecure social and financial situations. During the lockdown we are trying to keep in contact with members in new innovative ways . We have been making deliveries to members to enable 'Growing at Home' and also have begun a programme of Walking in the Park' visiting local parks to learn plant ID and foraging skills – please look at our page for more information.
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Fischy Music in partnership with REToday are developing a new package of ten songs and twenty lessons that meet the needs primary schools know pupils have after the virus, and promote great RE. We will use seven themes: Creation, the People of God, what Jesus did and said, Jesus’s death and new life, the Christian community, living well, hope for the future. This will be made available as an online package for schools using the best ideas of RE Today and Fischy Music to promote spiritual wellbeing and growth for pupils.
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Just Festival has been an important part of the Fringe for many years – 2020 being our 20th anniversary. Despite the strange and unusual circumstances of 2020 we decided to carry on and rethink our programme in a way that would best maintain the unique spirit of the Just Festival, and create the space for people to gather online to discuss those issues that most affect our lives today with our fantastic range of eclectic and expert panellists.
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Cockfield’s Glebe Garden

This project aims to work with children, young people, families and older people to bring together the community to improve the church garden back into a venue that can be enjoyed by all of the community. The garden will be somewhere the community can come together to improve the space, reduce isolation through the process of improving it, and create a safe space outdoors for the isolation of all to be reduced in the future.

Through the gardening work and intergenerational elements of this project we will see a younger generation learning about gardening and interactions between generations that have spent their lives in Cockfield.
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School Visits to Places of Worship in Birmingham

The Arts Society  Birmingham (TASB) is leading a project in collaboration with Paul Davies of VYKA, a film company, and the Faith Encounter Programme, to enable school groups to make virtual visits to places of worship to promote respect, empathy and understanding.

Illustrated guides are being designed for children ( Key Stages 2 and 3) together with a teachers’ resource pack of follow up activities encouraging active, memorable interfaith education through the arts. The materials are designed to be compatible with the Agreed Syllabus and we are liaising with other Faith organisations.

One of the objectives is to extend the project to the West Midlands and other multi faith cities in the UK.
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RE CPD Understanding the heart of living faiths

Liverpool Community Spirit will deliver a 3D programme of Religious Education CPD, offering teachers Deeper learning, Deeper Experiencing and Deeper Understanding of 6 faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The programme will draw on Community Spirit’s pioneering personal encounters methodologies in which participants meet local faith practitioners in the homely setting of LCD’s pioneering Faith Home Living Rooms.

They will also share their tried and tested experience of how to effectively use artefacts and faith centre visits. This CPD programme enables teachers to understand the key concepts underlying those faiths as lived out in the community.
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We want to better engage with marginalised faith and BAME communities who do not currently access our hospice services. We want to break down barriers so that religion, culture, ethnicity, language, faith, sexual orientation, age and wealth are never obstacles to accessing the care and support we offer.

We will work directly with local faith and community leaders, to understand how we can better serve the people they represent and we will raise awareness of St Clare Hospice within these communities – so that many more people know who we are, what we do and how we can help them.
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Training Schools Workers

Our Training Programme project aims to train and develop young people to teach RE, PSE & PE in schools at Key Stage 2 level of the National Curriculum without needing candidates to have acquired a degree and a PGCE teaching qualification.

It up-skills young people with credible coursework-based teaching qualifications at QCF Levels 3 & 4 along with other essential certificates, all whilst developing their confidence, class-control, presence, charisma and leadership qualities to empower them to become excellent deliverers of RE, PSE & PE - particularly RE with a Christianity emphasis the dominant part of Key Stage 2 RE.
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Celebrating Diversity

This project seeks to give a local SACRE the ability to try out some action research for teachers and pupils around subject knowledge enrichment in religious education (RE). In Barking and Dagenham, we have been developing a new RE syllabus over the last two years and have seen the need to provide opportunities for pupils to come together, meet local faith leaders and adherents (something new to our syllabus) to deeper their knowledge and understanding of religion and worldviews.

We hope the teacher CPD opportunities and the pupil conferences we this run between February-July 2021 will provide this.
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#FLATPACK CHRISTMAS

Grace Church Stirchley is an independent evangelical church in South Birmingham whose main aim is to help people love Jesus.  Usually at Christmas time we have a number of well-established events that reach out to the local community. 

This Christmas we saw Birmingham under Tier 3 of the government’s local restrictions, which significantly impacted how we could interact with people around us. We created this craft activity that would be a fun way for children to learn about the birth of Jesus in place of our usual Nativity Trail. Children were able to transform 2 flat sheets of card into their very own 3D nativity scene, as well as engaging with other parts of our Christmas celebrations.
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LIVE

The LIVE Project is a PSHE (Personal and Social Health Education) based programme that will be offered to Secondary Schools within the borough of Sutton with particular focus on students' SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development. We have a range of interactive and age-appropriate workshops that cover a breadth of topics. Some of these include; self-esteem, bullying and staying safe online, and stress and pressure. Our aims for these workshops are to allow you to dive deeper into these topics whilst strengthening equipping and supporting them through their adolescent years.
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‘VAT in RE’ Curriculum Project 2020

‘VAT in RE’ is a project that intends to boost the skills and confidence of RE Coordinators and Teachers to develop and implement a Medium-Term Curriculum Plan that will impact on the quality of RE delivery in their classroom.

The project will provide a series of training events, workshops and writing group sessions that will introduce RE participants to the idea of ‘VAT’ in Religious Education: Vocabulary (Etymology), Artefacts and Texts (stories). The workshops will include a close working relationship with members of the richly diverse local faith groups represented on the SACRE in Barnet.
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WIRE Award: Widening Inclusivity in Religious Education

The WIRE Award is an initiative of Bristol and South Gloucestershire SACRE. Its aims to encourage schools to take pupils to places of worship in the local area that is not the main religion within the school. We know that encountering believers really opens pupils eyes to faith and helps to improve understanding and tolerance. In addition, schools will put on events for parents to showcase what pupils have learnt about faith in their local area.
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The Noise Arts Festival

The Noise Arts Festival is organised by the local church for its surrounding community. Working with people of all ages and backgrounds, seeking to create interaction between the church and the community. The festival uses the arts, including comedy, music, dance, drama and family focused events to create a place to engage.

2020 has been a challenging year, our Easter Programme was cancelled and with October event constantly changing in light of the pandemic restrictions, we decided to go ahead with a massively changed programme.
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Holy Ground is an exciting and creative three-day experience in partnership with Art and Christianity using the iconic Bloomsbury Group Murals within the church building, and drawing on its stunning location, nestled within the South Downs to explore the relationships between art, faith, and the environment.

Using these themes as a bridge we will connect with the wider community encouraging exploration of faith, reflective traditions, and pilgrimage as practices to support well-being and offering new ways for a wider audience base to engage with the life of the church and its ministry.
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C2C Grows

C2C Social Action is a Northamptonshire based Christian Charity that offers a range of support to individuals at any stage of the Criminal Justice System by inspiring and motivating them to take personal responsibility for their behaviour, in order to reduce re-offending.

In September 2020, C2C Social Action acquired a fantastic allotment plot and set up a project called C2C Grows. The project is run by a newly recruited Outdoor Learning Support Worker and offers horticultural activities to male and female service users.
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GAME CHANGERS

Birmingham Game Changers is an innovative, year-long programme run by The Feast. The programme will be run in schools and support diverse groups of young people to become more confident in their own identity and beliefs, build friendships with peers from different faiths, cultures and backgrounds through honest and respectful dialogue, and to become part of a city-wide generation of game changers committed to growing peace and overcoming social division across Birmingham.
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RE-Live is a project to engage teachers in a mix of rural and urban areas in producing a series of model lesson plans for RE; making use of examples from a contemporary world. Viewing such experiences and events through the lens of 'Big Ideas' ensures that matters of religion and belief are the focus of learning.
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ROUNDED

ROUNDED is a spiritual, moral, social and cultural development resource for use with 16-19s in FE and 6th for Colleges. Six ROUNDED session explore key ethical topics through a central story / resource and a suite of introductory and follow up activities.

ROUNDED is partly inspired by the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE, ROUNDED is written by Simeon Whiting and commissioned by the West Midlands Churches Further Education Council.
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Grace Enterprises is an organisation in Nottingham that reduces poverty and empowers individuals who ordinarily struggle to find and keep work. It does this through creating jobs and supporting individuals 1:1.

We employ people who may for example have been in prison, suffered domestic abuse, been homeless, or struggled with addiction. We pay the Real Living Wage and mentor and support individuals 1:1 so they can maintain their employment - with remarkable results. The way we do this is through our trading arm, a cleaning business, called Radiant Cleaners.
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Brand new for 2021, RISE Theatre will be touring an exciting new interactive day for whole primary schools to participate in. Join us on a breath-taking journey of discovery around the earth and into space, learning about the beauty of God's creation, His incredible love for every person, and how each of us can care for our planet and the environment. The day features Covid-safe interactive sessions, arts activities, and an exhilarating afternoon show for all ages.
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God and the Big Bang (GatBB) is a national education project which runs interactive workshop days with students from Year 5 – 13 to discover, discuss and debate the compatibility of science and faith. The workshops equip young people with the tools they need to form their own opinions and engage in rational and thought-provoking discussion about the part science plays in God’s world.
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BDCA 2020 Impact Film

Bonny Down Community Association has been transforming our area within the London Borough of Newham since 1998. Over the past two decades, we have renovated our previously dead derelict spaces into lively local hubs.

Despite the pandemic, our diverse team continued to run adapted support services from our restored venues including accessible sports, elders activities, family support, youth clubs healthy food poverty relief and volunteering programme. Newham was sadly the worst hit place in terms of death rate during the first wave but we made this film to celebrate the incredible ways our neighbours supported each other.
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Refugee Youth Leadership

Refugee Support Network’s values-based Youth Leadership Course encourages young refugees to be leaders in their spheres of influence and helps them grow to realise their own uniqueness, goodness and resilience.

The course creates space for young people to discuss, reflect and frame their life experiences in a nurturing and encouraging environment. By taking part in the leadership course young people are equipped with the confidence to lead, and play their part in social and personal transformation.
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 In Autumn 2020 with the support of Westhill Endowment we have undertaken a schools and communities project called ‘Light of Hope’. 140 schools have now taken part which is the largest number we have ever worked with on a schools art project. Children were able to make a creative response to the pandemic, to express what they might be feeling.

Our Artist-in-Residence, Peter Walker, also created a spectacular art installation at the Cathedral, his own ‘light of hope’ to tie in with the project. Please read on.
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The platform project is an annual 12-month programme for disadvantaged young people ages 5-16 from deprived areas, who lack access and opportunities in arts due to social, economic and cultural barriers.

Participants of the project will receive weekly industry standard training and faith-based dance, drama, music and media. In addition to bible-based life skills and coaching, participants will get the opportunity to participate in four performing arts events and projects throughout the year.
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National RE Curriculum Symposium

The National RE curriculum symposium will productively address RE curriculum design issues, such as RE beyond pedagogy and resources, considering the role of religion and world views plays in the local community and society as a whole, contributing to community cohesion. As a result of the symposium, a number of resources will be made available on the NATRE website for use by RE teachers and other professionals.
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PARABLE

"Parable" is a dance theatre production and integrated workshop programme that provides schools with visually exciting and imaginative ways to boost children's engagement with R.E.

Image credit Claremont Photography
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Places of Welcome 5th Anniversary: Celebrating Welcome, Friendship and Community

Places of Welcome is a network of grassroots community and faith groups offering welcome, hospitality and friendship. The network started in Birmingham and to celebrate its 5th Birthday we invited all of the Places of Welcome in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell (around 85 groups), to create a collective art installation that celebrates welcome and hospitality and the value of community and relationships.

Just over 75 Places of Welcome chose to take part in creating the art installation and each created an individual art panel which was then brought together to create one collective piece called ‘Our Place of Welcome’. This was launched at our birthday celebration event on the 27th February 2020, where over 170 people gathered to celebrate in St Martin in the Bull Ring Church.
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Making Links with Universities

Theology and Religious Studies-UK (TRS-UK) is an organisation that supports academics and teachers of Theology and Religious Studies working in institutes of higher education.  The Making Links with Universities project involves a collaboration between TRS-UK and the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE).

The aim of the project is to foster networks between Higher Education Theology and Religious Studies departments and their local Religious Education (RE) teachers by providing access to up-to-date information not only about degree programmes in Theology and Religious Studies, but also about the activities and support university departments offer to schools.
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RE Awareness Course Pilot

RE Today Services is piloting an RE Awareness course that will be designed and written to work with Headteachers, Governors or SLT with responsibility for curriculum, with the aim to open up their thinking about the need to take RE seriously in their schools and its impact.

Initially, it will target schools identified as requiring support through their Ofsted reports or non-compliant schools to help change the understanding of and provision of RE within schools. It will be a 3-hour course that will include a trainer, course materials, a book / online template policy documents and curriculum development.
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In 2018 the Bullying and Belief project created a number of 2-5-minute films that can be used in RE, PSHE or citizenship lessons at primary and secondary schools, which investigate stories of those who have suffered from religious bullying in Newham, asking pupils to consider issues.

The students then went on to design lesson resources to support these films and Newham's RE adviser is now going on to write a toolkit ready for busy teachers to use and be able to investigate this type of bullying.
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Faith in Our Community work in twelve of the most deprived communities in North East England where local people struggle with unemployment, poverty and poor health. Despite being disadvantaged in many ways, people are resilient. Residents are concerned for one another and there is a good community spirit.

We have twelve projects where local churches work together to support their communities, for example, supporting older people, young families and people who have no work, and improving the local environment. Please look through this webpage for brief information about our projects. We would love to hear from you if you want to know more.
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This project was launched in response to a growing number of local RE leads asking for support with their RE Subject Knowledge across the board. We also know they received, on average, 3 hours of RE whilst engaged in Initial Teacher Training. We have devised a programme that makes use of local places of worship and SACRE members in 'expert' roles to provide a tour, talk, and Q&A's based on their faith tradition. Sessions are filmed to provide digital Continuous Professional Development for teacher back in school, increasing the reach of the project further.

Our first year has focused on Sikhism, Islam and Judaism and we plan to cover Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Humanism in a planned second year of the programme. We hope this supports our local RE teachers' subject knowledge effectively.
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Sparkfish Christmas and Easter Experiences

The Christmas Journey is an interactive retelling of the Nativity Story for year 2 pupils, and the Easter Experience is a dramatic presentation of Holy Week and Easter for Year 5 pupils. Around 800 children attended each with over 60 volunteers from local churches involved.
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At A Loss has three aims: to provide ACCESSIBLE support for all wo have suffered significant loss; to help BRIDGE the gap in existing services by signposting and to change the CULTURE around bereavement support.
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CHAIYA ART AWARD

The biennial Chaiya Art Awards is the UK’s leading awards exploring spirituality and faith through the visual arts, with a top prize of £10,000.  

This competition has its roots in Christianity but it is about engaging with people of all faiths; those who have no belief in God and everyone in between, giving people the opportunity to explore and experience God through art.  

Each theme based award culminates in a thought-provoking exhibition displaying 40-60 artists’ work.  We look to uncover, promote and reward gifted artists in different mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography and video, who express their creativity in response to the given theme.
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RISING promotes new ways to provoke dialogue around peace. RISING is a three way partnership between The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (Coventry University), Coventry City Council and Coventry Cathedral.

We deliver regular lectures and symposia and have a strong online presence for discussion of current world peace issues.

RISING culminates in an annual Global Peace Forum, held in Coventry. Through a combination of key note speeches from high calibre speakers, seminars and workshops, RISING Global Peace Forum provides an excellent opportunity for dialogue and exchanging ideas on peace.
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Newbigin School for Urban Leadership

Urban Change Makers (UCM) is a new emerging leaders program that focuses on working class leadership development from within urban priority areas. UCM is initiated by Newbigin School for Urban Leadership and Worth Unlimited in conjunction with local hubs who nominate and send small teams of emerging leaders to the 10 month program that includes 3 week-end residentials, coaching, best practice site visits, an investors panel and a graduation/induction.
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Community Spirit is Performances Birmingham, Limited’s annual mass singing programme that aims to bring 500 community choir members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds together in Symphony Hall through their joy of community singing, championing the people in this region and giving performance opportunities to all.

Community Spirit enables and supports a diverse range of community choirs based in Birmingham and the West Midlands and gives them the platform to sing as one. The positive effects of singing are well known, reducing social isolation, nurturing confidence and self-worth and encouraging the development of additional and transferable skills.
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This project has been put together as part of a strategic approach to help develop Dementia Friendly Churches across the UK. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This means that the church, whatever its context or denomination, is going to see more and more cases of people in their congregations developing this illness. As church leaders come into contact with those with dementia we want to ensure that they have the tools and knowledge to continue to support and love those with dementia.
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Amal at Greenbelt

This project was an ambitious strand of programming planned for Greenbelt 2020. The project sought to platform a diverse rage of Muslim artistry and thought at the heart of a long-established, progressive Christian arts festival.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic across the world these plans have had to change. Please read on to find out more.
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The Bromley Religious Education Calendar is a celebration of Religious Education teaching and learning in our schools as well as the cultural and religious diversity in Bromley. All the artwork in this calendar is provided through a borough wide school competition and includes dates of upcoming religious festivals and secular commemorations, which schools can use  in the planning of collective worship and to support their pupils spiritual, moral social and cultural development beyond the Religious Education classroom.
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Cork 3FF Interfaith Information

Cork Three Faiths Forum are producing Interfaith information leaflets to help us learn more about each other's faiths.
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A Passion for Cheadle” will take place on Saturday, 4th April 2020. This community-based performance of gospel for Cheadle is firmly rooted in our faith and it has been in our prayers for a number of years. Passion plays have the ability to promote dialogue and inspire new relationships between people of differing faiths and none, and are an opportunity for exploration and mutual understanding.

It will be a community coming together for a shared experience which lasts long in the memory after the event. Singers, dancers, actors, stewards, who might not normally come into contact with each other will work together in their shared vision for an expected audience of 2,000 people.
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Our aim is to enhance our presence in communities that never or rarely utilise our palliative care services, despite needing our support. This initiative will see Birmingham St Mary’s develop targeted service strategies to support individuals with life-limiting illness from diverse and marginalised groups in Birmingham and Sandwell.

This work will help dispel myths about hospice care in communities it’s low referral rates, through the promotion of our equality and diversity practices.
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Pattern Up: Promoting Haringey Communities Against Violence

PATTERN UP is a community play exploring themes of racism, youth violence and families in Tottenham’s African Caribbean community. It is performed by, and based on, the lives of Tottenham community activists, Ken Hinds and June Tuitt. Its first run (Arts Council England and Westhill funded) proved to be a powerful vehicle for engaging people in intergenerational dialogue and exploring solutions.

Building on its impact and outcomes, we are developing the play further, in particular to promote Haringey Communities Against Violence, a grass roots voluntary organisation founded by Ken and June and other local people in Haringey.
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The Upper Room Homework Church is made up of 175+ Iranian, Kurdish and Afghan asylum seekers and refugees. Our unique church come with many challenges - spiritually and practically. Many parents (often single mothers) have fled persecution and are trying to raise their children in a new culture and while learning a new language.

The challenge of parenting overwhelms them and yet they also have deep questions about faith or their new Christian faith, and this takes time to disciple them. Our weekly Refugee Homework Club addresses the practical needs of families through activities based on their children's learning.
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Fenland Primary Schools Project

A project to research, design and trial ideas for enabling primary schools pupils (in areas when there is no access to faith centres other than Christianity), to engage with faith communities and world views through encounters with believers and practitioners. 
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The Christians Against Poverty Job Club in Tiverton is a friendly place where individuals can get support to gain voluntary or paid work. We offer ‘Steps to Employment’ courses, coaching and an opportunity to meet and share refreshments with other jobseekers.

The Job Club meets on Thursdays at Tiverton Library and has been running for three years. The service is free to attend, and out of the 60+ people who have attended so far, the majority now have employment. You’d be very welcome to attend.

 
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Edinburgh Passion 2020

The Edinburgh Passion 2020 will tell the story of Easter through an ambitious creative, cultural and artistic showcase spanning different areas in the city. We will be telling the Easter story in "real time", starting on the Thursday night and going all the way through until the Sunday morning with different community groups across the city taking 1 hour each. There will be diverse groups telling the story for 63 consecutive hours. There are a number of groups signed up including homeless groups, different churches, refugees etc.
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Real People, Real Faith

What do believers really think? How can teachers share the diversity of opinion easily in class?

Using questions from the Pan-Berkshire syllabus such as: “Why are religious celebrations important to some people?” and “To what extent do religious beliefs encourage good behaviour?” this series of short filmed interviews gives a range of voices from a variety of religious backgrounds the opportunity to express their opinions.

Made on location across Berkshire each interview is set against the background of an appropriate place of worship. Additional material will be available to help teachers use these films in class.
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PCN is pleased to announce the launch in the spring of 2020 of six short films which challenge what religious faith has to say to people in our contemporary society. Each film is a personal story and brings alive issues to do with sex and sexuality, with interfaith relationships, with climate change, poverty and other matters which are at the heart of today's world and people's lives.
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The Story Tent project brings together the theoretical findings that came out of a recently completed PhD carried out at Warwick Religious Education Research Unit (WRERU) and the practical experience of the Rose Castle Foundation (RCF), a hub for Scriptural Reasoning (SR) in the UK and internationally.

SR focuses on developing an understanding of religion, as experienced by faith participants through shared dialogue around sacred texts. It is a practice where people of different faith traditions come together to share their sacred texts in an environment of mutual trust and respect.
Dying Matters: During May 2019 South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust took a free loan of Westhill’s exhibition Bald Statements which was displayed in The Health and Wellbeing Café of Stratford Hospital as part of their Dying Matters week.
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The Emmanuel School of Drama exists to enable children to explore and express their Christian faith, giving voice to what is most important to them with courage, creativity and conviction. Our desire is to partner with creative communities in Oxford, generously and graciously engaging in dialogue and giving voice to the Christian faith in these settings. In this way we hope to promote a pattern of positive Christian engagement in the arts and other areas of contemporary culture.
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Shepherds Crook Puppet Theatre is one of the participating initiatives of the Lichfield Christian Schools Work Trust. It is an ongoing project which seeks to promote religious knowledge in an interesting and lively way, for the whole primary school age range, through the dramatic imagining and retelling of bible stories using the medium of puppetry.
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Mustard Tree works with people facing multiple disadvantage in Greater Manchester. We are delivering English for Speakers of Other Languages courses at our community hub, which will enable asylum seekers and refugees to learn and build positive social connections with people from different backgrounds and faiths.
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 Minus Violence Plus Peace

The aim of Minus Violence Plus Peace is to improve resilience amongst young people at risk or involved in life-threatening behaviour involving knives and to start creating narratives of peace with these young people affected by violence.  We are working with Anti-Youth Violence on this project.

Ray Douglas is a well-established practitioner working with gangs around the country and against youth violence, particularly knives.  We work within secondary schools with small groups of young people.  We are seeking to stop permanent exclusion from school of young people in secondary school at risk of exclusions for aggression, violence or knife carrying.
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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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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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Biblical Yoga Project

Biblical Yoga is a recent development of MHA written by one of our Chaplains, Yvonne Myres, who works at Amathea Care Home in Cumbria. We plan to deliver this project through a series of events titled Worship Engagement in Later Life (WELL). The training will be open to all faith in this area.
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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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Opened in February 2016 the Faith in Birmingham Gallery, at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, is a space for shared exploration of faith practice in the city. Since opening, the museum has been committed to developing the gallery by working with new faith groups and communities each year to diversify the stories told in the space.

This project will be the third rotation of objects and stories, this year working with local African & African Caribbean communities to increase their representation in the gallery.
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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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‘The Word’ is Lichfield Cathedral’s first poetry competition and festival, celebrating our creativity through the form of the written word and exploring themes of ‘Awe & Wonder’ and ‘Light in our Darkness’. We will be encouraging people to reflect on the origins of the universe, human care for Earth and the sheer vastness and complexity of space, light and time in the anniversary year of the first Moon landing.

This is a valuable opportunity to engage with an important anniversary but also important theological questions about creation, cosmology and care for the Earth which space travel and astronomical discoveries have stimulated.
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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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The Pansycast is an informal and informative philosophy podcast supporting teachers, students and academics in philosophy. We aim to awaken fellow free-thinkers worldwide and inspire a new generation of Philosophers. Every week The Panpsycast release a new instalment of the podcasts following GCSE, A-Level, or degree level topics in Philosophy, Theology or Religious Education.

Each episode provides a guide to the 'big questions' or an interview with a 'big thinker' working in those areas. We believe that everyone has a right to a free, high quality education on RE and our goal is to inspire and support all people in the study of life's great questions.
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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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Picturing Islam

Picturing Islam is a fresh approach to learning about Islam through the creation of an inspirational and rich visual learning resource to support primary ans secondary teaching.
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Our projects seeks to encourage interfaith dialogue and awareness by uniting women of different faiths in conversation over food and art based activities. 
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Armed Forces' Easter Camp 19

Easter Camp is a 6-day holiday camp aimed at children aged 11-18 years of serving Armed Forces' personnel and those associated with the Armed Forces. Each year around 70 young people and 30 leaders come together to have fun, encourage each other, and to make new and lasting friendships that stretch beyond postings and the constraints of military life. Some come to deepen their Christian faith, others come to find it.
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Link 2 Change

The Link to Change project aims to increase participants self-efficacy to empower them to search for jobs, to prepare applications and to attend interviews. The project increases social skills, builds confidence, increases understanding of employers and teaches interview skills. This funding will help us to run a job club, train our volunteers and develop our intervention recording systems.
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Mentoring, School Clubs and Exam Stress Sessions

CROSS Project is a school work charity working in 8 secondary schools. Our holistic wellbeing project aims to develop young people holistically through a range of activities including 1:1 and group mentoring, exam stress sessions and weekly clubs.

Through helping young people aged 11-16 to develop their self-esteem we are able to make a significant difference to their lives. Using games, discussion and activities, we support young people through the challenges they are facing, meaning that they can become more confidence in who they are and better equipped to deal with the difficulties and challenges.
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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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Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure is a day-long event aimed at Year 6, 7 and 8 students. Participants take the role of explorers, working in small groups facing a series of challenges and carrying out experiments to discover if the sacred texts of various religions hold some answers for the issues in the world today. 

The quotations or 'gems' they uncover from direct exposure to the sacred texts will be worked in to precious artefacts to be kept in a treasure chest to be shared with others.
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Local Inter Faith Guide

Our project is to publish a third edition of the Local Interfaith Guide to support the development and reinvigorate local interfaith groups by giving practical support, case studies and links to useful resources. The guide will enable those particularly wanting to establish groups to draw on best practice based on the experience of others. 
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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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POP UK offers schools spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) learning through a vibrant singing, recording and performance project. 

This project helps schools to achieve personal development and welfare outcomes for every child. POP UK delivers SMSC days, Social Media days and British Values days. We're able to bring together MAT schools, strengthening positive interaction between each school. We also deliver Christmas and Easter Projects and Transition Projects. Every project involves every child. 
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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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CWAC have hosted two transition days with an RE focus looking at diversity both locally and globally. Children who participated became Agents for Diversity and completed different challenges about how they can contribute to life in a diverse world. During the year the project has also contributed to the new Agreed Syllabus as pupils have contributed their views on what core knowledge should look like. 
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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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Greenbelt Festivals

The Grave of Dreams is an exhibition of paintings by the teenage Gazan artist, Malak Mattar. The exhibition was staged in the Tapestry Suite at Boughton House, near Kettering, as part of The Greenbelt Arts, Faith and Justice Festival - as part of building greater inter-cultural and inter-religious understanding and appreciation.
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Tales of Wonder, Wisdom and Humour

Religious Education in many schools is not seen as a priority and some non-muslim parents feel concerned when it has anything to do with Islam. Using multi-faith storytelling, with professional award-winning Khayaal Theatre, we hope to build bridges in the primary schools and generate a better understanding of not just Islamic but of other faiths and cultures too, highlighting mutual links and crossover between all traditions. Means of storytelling does not confront orthodoxy of religion; it rather seeks to inform participants in a culturally acceptable manner.
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This project is in the planning stages. This project aims to enable pupils from vastly different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to encounter each other, interact and communicate.

Pupils will examine their own ideas and expectations of community; identity; diversity and belonging. Four key questions will form the basis of the project - Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? How do we all live well together? Through examining similarities and differences, pupils will reflect together on how we can change negative attitudes and challenge community stereotypes.

By working on shared art work, meeting people of faith and developing ideas for other teachers to use, a toolkit will be developed.
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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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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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Faith and Climate Network

Our project aims to coordinate the development and establishment of a city region wide Faith and Climate Network. We aim to bring together people from different denominations and faiths to create a stakeholders group to support, develop and sustain the network. We will coordinate 3 faith community Faith and Climate events to inspire, educate and enable faith communities to share and take actions on climate change.
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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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Music for Change

Our project aims to engage young people of all faiths to develop their passion in  music, by training them to play various instruments and developing vocal skills. We will also provide the environment for these young people to get to know each other and to work together on a specific music show, which they will present together to the community.
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The Journey

An immersive, transient piece of theatre, taking the audience through the journey as imagined for Mary and Joseph frm Nazareth to Bethlehem. As we move along the audience will encounter street drama to give them a sense of the bigger picture, how the population felt at this time of great uncertainty and upheaval.
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This community-based collaborative project brings together participants from a range of ages, cultures, religions and experiences to help develop religious and cultural literacy in the region. Based in primary and secondary schools across Lincolnshire, the aim of the work is to challenge misconceptions and provide a safe space for encounter and positive engagement.

Participants will work with playwrights, actors, technical and digital teams, subject experts and crucially, each other, to produce a series of performances exploring social and moral issues of living well together. REConnecting Lincolnshire provides and exciting opportunity to discover the richness of identity in modern Britain.
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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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A joint initiative, by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and the University of Bristol, to promote teachers professional knowledge and, understanding of how to promote community relations within RE lessons. Three university researchers and NATRE members who teach RE have developed a toolkit applying ‘Contact Theory’ to the RE setting. Developed by social psychologists, ‘Contact Theory’ promotes value in diversity and explains how individuals can interact meaningfully with their cross-group peers.

Based on the findings of a Westhill-funded national survey of teachers of RE the toolkit advocates 'Encounter, Conversation and Interaction' in RE lessons and a 24 hour residential will bring together experts in this field to train a group of teachers to apply this framework to their own classroom practice and to share their new skills and awareness with others.
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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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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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The Platform Project

The Platform Project is a 12-month Creative Arts programme provided for young people between the ages of 5-25, giving them access to professional opportunities and training in music, dance, drama and media, whilst gaining an accredited arts award qualification.

The young people will be involved in projects designed to create an atmosphere of positive influence throughout the community.  We want to see young people embracing art in creative ways giving them a voice to express themselves. The young people will become stewards of their own gifts and help those in need within the community. Lastly, they will create professional high-quality entertainment which is affordable and accessible to everyone.
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Women of Faith

The Women of Faith project aims to give women the confidence they need to develop as leaders on a range of fields. The women are drawn from different faith communities and also includes those of no faith. They will be encouraged to build supportive relationships and continie these relationships beyond the scope of the programme by acting as peer-mentors for one another.
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The Panpsycast: Christianity Audiobook

The Panpsycast are developing an audiobook focusing on Christianity to support students and teachers of RS. The informal and informative style of the already highly successful podcast will be born-again into a Full A-Level Course. Complete with special guests, good humour and a detailed exploration of Christianity, The Panpsycast: Christianity Audiobook promises to be an essential and entertaining guide to Christian thought.
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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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The Restart Chaplian Project provide spiritual and pastoral support to homeless prison leavers. Many men and women leaving prison face prospects of homelessness, with no family or friends to support them. On top of this, the support they recieved from trained prison chaplains is lost when they walk through the prison gates. This often leads to increased chance of being led astray. Feeling desperate and alone, the risk of returning to a life of crime and poverty is highly increased.

The Restart Chaplain Project offers these people the support and companionship they need to piece their life back together. We achieved this via spiritual and pastoral care, showing individuals the way of the gospel and facilitating their connection with faith and the church community.