St Michael's Centre, North Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PD
10:00 - 17:15
Churches that Change Communities 2019
Following on from last year's amazing day we are so excited about what is in store for us at this year's Churches that Change Communities conference at Stoke Gifford near Bristol. We hope you'll join us...
(Please note that when you book in, you'll be asked for seminar choices and email addresses for each person being registered. Scroll down for seminar titles and right to the bottom for the booking/sign-up link.)
Since our conference last November, poverty has increased in tandem with a national sense of uncertainty and even chaos. Our society, including those who lead our nation, are more aware than ever that the future is unknown. In many of our communities, life is getting harder for those on the margins. We are told that work is the main route out of poverty, yet in-work poverty is increasing faster than employment rates. The old things our country relied on seem to be crumbling all around us.
It sounds bleak, but against this backdrop, churches are regaining a belief that care for the poorest isn’t an optional extra for Christians, but is vital to the gospel. Between us, we’re giving millions of hours and millions of pounds to alleviating poverty – both seen and unseen – in our towns and cities, to speaking up against injustice and to championing the cause of the vulnerable and oppressed.
I’m delighted to invite you to our national conference, now in its ninth year. It will envision, equip and encourage you to increase your impact on those around you and prepare for future austerity that we believe may be around the corner. The day will include prophetic teaching, seminars, networking with one another and social action franchises, and worship with an opportunity for prayer. I very much hope you will join us!
Martin Charlesworth, team leader, Jubilee+
9.15am Doors open: registration / refreshments / peruse stands
10.00am Main session – introduction; welcome; Martin Charlesworth speaking, followed by opportunity for prayer
12.05pm Morning seminars: the hidden faces of poverty
1.15pm Lunch (drinks provided) & time to peruse stands and network
2.15pm Main session – worship, offering; Natalie Williams speaking
4.05pm Afternoon seminars: the local church – God's storehouse of provision!
SEMINARS IN BRIEF
Morning seminars: the hidden faces of poverty
1. A pastoral response to abortion – Jenny Baines (Open)
2. Domestic abuse – Peter Willson (Restored)
3. Mental health – Belinda and Graham Marsh (King's Church Eastbourne)
4. Modern slavery and prostitution – Rosie Hopley (Beloved, Bristol), Caroline Virgo (Clewer Initiative) and Helen & Jared Hodgson (Hope at Home)
5. Youth violence – Ben Lindsay (Power the Fight) and Marie Reavey (Faith + Police Together)
Afternoon seminars: the local church – God's storehouse of provision!
1. Benefits advocacy – Gary Holland (Grace Advocacy)
2. Building a diverse church – Adam and Karina Martin (Reach Church Derby)
3. Life skills – Steve Whittington (Jubilee Church Hull) and Karen Williams (360 Platform for Life, Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury)
4. Seek the welfare of the city (partnering for good) – Andy Street (Christian Action Bristol)
5. Understanding the times – Angela Kemm
If you’d like slides to promote the conference, please download the 16:9 slide here and the 4:3 slide here.
We would encourage you, if possible, to travel by public transport as the venue is very close to Bristol Parkway Station. There is no parking at the venue. However, all day parking is available at the station for £5 on Saturdays.
Please let us know if you have mobility difficulties or hold a Blue Badge for disabled parking (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Promotional materials will shortly be available for use in your church. You will soon be able to download 16:9 and 4:3 slides, an A5 poster and an electronic version of the conference flyer.
We have listed these, along with brief biographies of the seminar speakers in this blog post. It includes a link to the conference booking page so you don't have to come back here afterwards...unless you'd like to!