Recover and Refresh

Recover and Refresh is a series of webinars, resources, and ideas are planned for the coming months to support clergy and churches to respond to the evolving cultural and social landscape we find ourselves in following the pandemic. 

Revd Peter Froggatt, Director of the Department of Outreach introduces the series in this short video. 

There has never been a time like this.  The challenges that churches and ministers are facing are unparalleled. It should be no surprise if we find ourselves exhausted and bewildered. 

A firm place to stand, a new song to sing

Psalm 40: 1 – 3

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy put, out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. 
Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

But Jesus Christ has risen and reigns today. His church is still precious to him and he continues to build his people. And so we continue in worship, prayer, and service, trusting that God will do his work, to establish us, and to enable us to face our changed circumstances with confidence and creativity.

The webinars are framed around the Church of England’s Vision for the 2020s for the Church to be simpler, humbler, and bolder.

Humbler
Many have experienced helplessness and loss during the pandemic. We need to recognise the effects on us and those to whom we minister.

Simpler
We may find we have fewer resources and will want to use those that we have wisely and well. We might be tempted to seek security in what was done before. But we are right to seek security in God himself and it may be that in this new time God is doing a new thing. We cannot, and maybe should not, do all that we did, aiming instead to do less, but to do it well.

Bolder
The disruption we have been through has highlighted the urgency of Christian mission. We will step out in a new way in the communities that we know and care about. We may think about who we are connected with, what we know about the needs of people around us. We join in with others who are doing good things and find our voice in making Jesus known.

 

Upcoming webinars in the series 


Open Buildings

30 June at 10am
Discover how to safely open your church building for visitors and the missional opportunities this may bring.
 

Recovery and Rebuilding in the local church

01 July at 2pm
Exploring key themes, challenges, and opportunities emerging from the pandemic, for those in church leadership. The webinar will be led by the Revd Charles Burgess, a leadership specialist with CPAS


Recovering well: Reflections on mental health

21 July at 1pm
The Revd Peter Mackriell, head of the diocesan counseling services, considers the impact of Covid-19 on mental health, asks what resources we can access to support recovery, and discusses good practice in a parish context.

REGISTER HERE
 

Resources

Hope in uncertain times
People in our communities continue to feel uncertain and anxious.  Changes in regulations and guidance may increase this as we renew contact with more and more people. Perhaps inevitably,  these last 18 months have made many think seriously about their lives – a recent report (How COVID changed our minds, produced by Global Futures) said that three-quarters of Britons had re-evaluated the most important aspects of their lives in the pandemic.  And during this many have found that God has brought them hope - confidence and peace -  through Jesus Christ. 

‘Hope in uncertain times’ is a well-produced, accessible booklet explaining this hope and we have a thousand free for churches to give away.  Possibly:

  • In churches open in the week, put out in places people are likely to sit, or by the door.
  • Given by individuals to their neighbours
  • An aid for baptism or marriage preparation.

They will come in bundles of fifty to the first 20 churches who contact the Department for Outreach.  Contact rebecca.hathaway@chester.anglican.org.

 

Find a Space

GET THE RESOURCES

We are encouraging parishes to open their doors for visitors for quiet reflection or prayer for a special week or weekend during the summer or early autumn. If your church building is currently not open for visitors, we have produced promotional resources to support you.


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