Jennie Pollock
CTCC 2019 Seminar details

When you book in for this year's Churches that Change Communities conference you will need to choose which seminars you wish to attend in the morning and afternoon sessions. There are titles and speaker names, along with links to their organisations, on the main conference information page, but to learn a little more about who is speakng and what to expect, read on.

We have organised the seminars into two themes this year. Our morning seminars all look at the hidden faces of poverty. Learn more about an area that has been on your heart for a while, or maybe consider lookng into an area that you don't know much about. Here are the options:

  1. pastoral response to abortion – Jenny Baines (Open) with Martin Charlesworth 

Jenny Baines will share insights from years of experience of helping those facing the consequences of abortion and pregnancy loss. Martin will help us consider how Christians can respond in 21st century Britain. 

Jenny has been involved in women’s ministry and in offering unintended pregnancy, post-abortion and miscarriage counselling for over 25 years.  She is passionate about engaging the church on these sensitive issues, and is a consultant for OPEN (weareopen.org.uk) an initiative of CARE which seeks to help churches create an environment of grace and compassionate understanding and to deliver a pastoral response to those for whom this is part of their story. 

  1. Domestic abuse  – Peter Willson (Restored) 

Learn how we as Christian women and men can help bring hope, peace and restoration to the lives and families of those in our communities living with the fear of domestic abuse. 

Peter is a consultant surgeon. He retired early from the NHS to join Restored on their Men's project First Man Standing in 2018 and became their Project Manager in 2019; although has been a supporter since the charity started 10 years ago. The aim of Restored is to end violence against women and make the church a place where the abused and their familes can find safety and freedom. These are aims that Peter feels passionate about, having witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of this in his own life and work. 

  1. Mental health – Belinda and Graham Marsh (King's Church Eastbourne)

Belinda and Graham will help us grow in our awareness and preparedness to understand, support and help those battling with mental health problems. 

Belinda is part of the Senior Leadership Team at Kings Church in Eastbourne and Seaford. For ten years she worked as an Occupational Therapist in mental health and now oversees the pastoral structure, groups programme and discipleship strategy at Kings. She is married to Graham, who leads the team, and together they have two young adult children Jake and Beth.  

  1. Modern slavery and prostitution – Rosie Hopley (Beloved), Caroline Virgo (The Clewer Initiative) and Jared and Helen Hodgson (Hope at Home) 

People from organisations working on the front lines of these issues will share their insights, and call on Christians to get involved in 'freeing captives'. 

Rosie Hopley is the CEO and founder of Beloved, a Bristol based Christian charity working with others to impact the sex industry in the city. Prior to Beloved, she ran her own communications, PR and research business, mainly working with healthcare and education clients.  

In 2018 Beloved had 250 contacts with women, with the help of 45 volunteers, 60+ prayer partners and a small part time paid team. www.beloved.org.uk  

Caroline Virgo has a passion for social justice and finding transformative ways of engaging with society and has been involved in Christian social action for many years, both in the UK and abroad. Her predominant experience is as a social entrepreneur: starting and establishing new initiatives that reflect the gospel's concern for those in temporary or permanent need.Following a short legal career and a longer (still ongoing) stint as mother of 5 Caroline has been employed in various roles with the local, regional and national church since 2004. Her concern is for the church, and for church organisations, that they can care for the vulnerable with professionalism as well as with love.

Caroline is the Lead Officer for The Clewer Initiative; the national response of the Church of England to Modern Day Slavery.

Jared and Helen Hodgson founded Hope at Home when they discovered a gap in accommodation provision for survivors which led to re-trafficking.  They have hosted in their own home for the last 4 years, much to the delight of their three sons aged 17, 15 and 11 who love trying the new foods on offer!  They are part of Jubilee church in Solihull. 

  1. Youth violence – Ben Lindsay (Power the Fight) and Marie Reavey (Faith + Police Together) 

An opportunity to understand the issues and get equipped to make a difference in the lives of young people and families impacted by youth violence. 

Ben Lindsay is founder of Power the Fight, a new charity which trains and empowers communities to end youth violence. 

One of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 London’s most influential people for 2018, Ben is an experienced trainer and facilitator with more than 17 years spent working with high risk young people in the field of gangs and serious youth violence. 

Since 2016, Ben has been the lead pastor at Emmanuel New Cross in South East London. 

His first book We Need to Talk About Race – Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches is released in July 2019.

Marie Reavey is a Police Officer with 13 years uniformed experience working on a national initiative called ‘Faith and Police Together’, which aims to see police engaging with their local faith communities to bring about community transformation and reduce demand, especially around the areas of addiction, youth violence, homelessness and loneliness. She is also the national chair of the Christian Police Association.

In the afternoon, the seminars will look at five different ways in which the local church is God's storehouse of provision for our communities.

  1. Benefits advocacy – Gary Holland (Grace Advocacy)

Many people, not just those on the margins in the UK, are facing multiple financial problems. The benefits system is ever more complex and under pressure. Gary Holland of Grace Advocacy will address the issues facing many in the communities around us, and how we as Christians and churches can get alongside those in difficulty, and bring glory to God in the process. 

Gary Holland is the founder and Managing Trustee of Grace Advocacy. He is passionate about helping churches understand how they can put into practice Christ’s commands to love their neighbour and each other in a crumbling 21st Century welfare state.  He is married to Nicola, and loves history and exploring the countryside with their intrepid West Highland terrier and three children.  

  1. Building a diverse church – Adam and Karina Martin (REACH church)

How can we build churches that celebrate, welcome and integrate people from diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds into the glorious unity of the body of Christ? Adam and Karina will share how they have addressed these challenges, and keys to doing so successfully. 

Adam and Karina are senior leaders of Reach, a multisite church in 5 locations across the East Midlands. Feeling a call to welcome refugees arriving in their city, they moved in 2002 to plant an inter-cultural church in the centre of Derby. Since 2012 they have baptised over 140 refugees from a Muslim background and currently have about 100 refugee members (20%), with mid-week groups in Kurdish, Farsi and Dari. 

Last year Adam took up the role of National Catalyst for Intercultural Church Planting, UK. His vision is to see a growing network of pioneers planting intercultural churches right across the UK. Karina is Executive Director of Welcome Churches, a growing network of churches across the UK welcoming and reaching out to refugees in their communities.  

  1. Life skills – Steve Whittington (Jubilee Church Hull) and Karen Williams (360 Platform for Life, Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury)

Confidence, personal support, and 'know how' are essential to recovering, or achieving, a sense of worth, wellbeing and a route out of poverty. Steve Whittington from Jubilee Church, Hull and Karen Williams from Barnabas Church, Shrewsbury, will share how help and training in life skills can empower participants and change lives. 

Steve Whittington is leads Jubilee Church in Hull. Their large community facility in the city centre seeks to serve the most vulnerable. The church runs a catering business offering training and work opportunities, a day time college, TLG education centre, Big Issue magazine, showers, laundry, Foodbank, drug rehab and mental health support. It has also planted two other congregations in the city among the most deprived. 

Karen Williams is Project Lead at Foodbank PLUS, part of Barnabas Community Projects in Shrewsbury, of which she is also a trustee and a director. Foodbank PLUS is a holistic service for clients facing a variety of often complex issues. A passionate advocate of developing community she wrote and developed the unique 360 Platform for Life programme. A range of relational projects that offer one to one mentoring, working with people who are often on the fringe of our society helping them to engage with and be part of community.  

  1. Seek the welfare of the city (partnering for good)– Andy Street (Building Bristol as a City of Hope)

Partnering with others – churches, charities, councils, and businesses – to redress injustice, serve the poor, and open doors to the gospel, is a growing opportunity. Andy Street brings passion and experience to explaining the why’s and how’s of 'seeking the prosperity of the city’. 

In parallel with a successful career as an environmental consultant on a global basis Andy has in recent years increasingly become involved in charity work and social enterprise in Bristol. He chairs a number of partnership or community-based initiatives focusing on a collaborative approach to city transformation. Andy is an active member of Woodlands Church in Bristol, and passionate about putting his faith into action. 

  1. Understanding the times – AngelaKemm

We live in times of great hardship for many, bewildering social challenges, and moral and political uncertainty. Angela will help us with a biblical perspective, and faith-building Holy Spirit insights. 

Angela worked for many years in the townships of Cape Town where she saw God breakthrough in amazing ways in all kinds of situations. She is now based at City Church Cambridge from where she ministers into many churches across Europe. Her passion is to see the church encouraged to be all that God has called us to be in society and to make a difference wherever we go. 

So many great options! Spaces will be limited, so book early to ensure you get a place in your first choices. Remember, you can book one morning and one afternoon seminar, and early bird pricing closes on Friday, 27 September. 

Book in now.