The Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature

On 19 February 2022, Frankie Ward will be speaking at The Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature, an online festival that seeks to encourage a love of literature as it relates to faith, and to create a thoughtful and relaxing space in which to consider works of literature and their religious and moral themes. It’s for anyone who is interested in the big questions of life.

Other speakers alongside Frankie include Sr Teresa White, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Catherine Fox, and Hazel Southam.

For further information, see the festival website.


Growing Good Toolkit

We are pleased to promote a new resource from The Church Urban Fund called the Growing Good Toolkit – a free six-session course for small church groups that provides reflection on scripture, discussion, prayer, and practical tools for churches who want to connect with and serve the needs of their local community.

The Growing Good Toolkit is based on a three-year research project from Theos and Church Urban Fund that explored the relationship between social action, growth, and discipleship in churches across England. This research identified five common themes shared by churches that are growing faithfulness and fruitfulness:

  • presence,
  • perseverance,
  • hospitality,
  • adaptability,
  • participation.

For more information, download the Toolkit overview flyer, or visit the Growing Good website.

It’s had great feedback from the churches that piloted the resource, and a personal endorsement from Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, and CUF are looking forward to sharing it more widely throughout 2022. There are case studies, short films, and suggestions for discussion and action, and it is all about celebrating what churches are doing, and how they could be more impactful.

The Church Urban Fund are encouraging churches to consider using the Toolkit during Lent 2022 or later in the year.