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Diocese of Manchester
February 2021

Monday 1st February 2021 12:00Diocesan Environment drop-in

Join our Environment Officers, Grace and Clive, for their FIRST online drop-in session on Monday 1 February at noon!

They plan to share some of the initiatives and events that are happening - particularly Climate Sunday. And they really want to give the space to hear what you are doing and how our churches can all support each other.

For the zoom details, please email Grace and Clive at environment@manchester.anglican.org

Tuesday 2nd February 2021 11:00Fighting for Hope for Children and Young People

The Children’s Society invites you to a webinar launching our new goal and vision for the next decade. Hear from Chief Executive Mark Russell and others about how we’ll be fighting for hope and a society built for all children and young people over the next decade. Also hear about our new interactive Lent and Mothering Sunday resources to help your church explore these themes.

Register here.

13:30Christian - Humanist Dialogue Group

A group has been formed to help Christians and Humanists build mutual understanding and respect, grow together in trust, and open doors to friendship.

To facilitate conversation, we are to discuss two short books:

(a) 'With Ash on their Faces' by Cathy Otten, and 

(b) 'The Little Book of Humanism' by Andrew Copson and Prof Alice Roberts.

It is not essential to have read the book to attend the meeting.

For more information and the Zoom link please contact James Read  revjames.read@icloud.com

14:00Clergy Book Group

Join us as we discuss Faith, Hope and Mischief by Andrew Grayston.

For further information, please email David Thomas.

The Clergy Book Group is open to everyone.

Tuesday 9th February 2021 10:00Let's Talk Loneliness - Lancashire & Manchester

This webinar, open to churches in Lancashire & Manchester, will focus on loneliness and ways in which we can all respond effectively.

58% of churches in the UK consider loneliness and social isolation to be the key issue that will be facing people in their community in the next year ('Hope Beyond' - AllChurches Trust , July 2020).

This interactive workshop is an opportunity to find out more about the impact that loneliness and social isolation can have on the lives of older people (and those of all ages). We will be discussing ways in which churches and individual Christians can make a difference in their local communities and exploring potential informal and more organised approaches.

For further information and to register, please visit Eventbrite.

Wednesday 10th February 2021 11:30Welcoming Visitors : a workshop to help your church benefit

An informative one hour training session brought to you by The National Churches Trust's tourism team. Discover the many ways in which your place of worship can benefit from tourism from increasing visitors and raising funds to recruiting volunteers and staging events.

In particular we will look at the post COVID-19 landscape for tourism and how churches could financially benefit from welcoming visitors.

Further details and registration.

19:30Diocesan Prayer Event

Praying for mercy in a time of pandemic - 2

This will be a time to reflect, to lament and to pray in this time when the virus is so rampant. It will be interactive and give space for everyone to be involved.

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. James 5:16

Register via Eventbrite.


Thursday 11th February 2021 19:30Reading the Bible from a Global Majority Perspective

Come along to this webinar to explore how different lenses and global voices can expand and deepen our understanding of the Bible.

A panel of theologians, including Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani, will help us reflect on Scripture from a Global Majority perspective and to explore how different lenses and global voices can expand and deepen our understanding of the Bible.

Bishop Guli will be joined by Revd Mark Nam and Revd Dr Sharon Prentis. The conversation will be moderated by Revd Canon Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, who is Leicester Diocese's BAME Mission & Ministry Enabler.

Panellists will each share how their respective culture influences their reading and understanding of Scripture. This will be followed by a conversation between the panellists and a time for Q&A.

This is a partnership between Discipleship at Leicester Cathedral and Leicester Diocese's Intercultural Worshipping Communities.

For further information and to register, visit Eventbrite.

Saturday 20th February 2021 14:00A beginner’s guide to My Giving Online

This introductory session will act as a beginner's guide to using My Giving Online. It is suitable for those who are new in post, or if you need some additional training.

Additionally, your church in The Diocese of Manchester may be considering Gift Aid Lite membership. If so, this is a great session training to gather further information as part of your decision making process.

Register here.

Monday 22nd February 2021 Christian Aid’s “Changemakers” Virtual Supporter Conference

Monday 22 - Friday 26 February 2021, via Zoom

Can you help change the world in 2021? Find out how you can be a changemaker and hear directly from Christian Aid’s partners in Kenya who are making lasting change. Real people, real change.

If you support Christian Aid, are interested in reaching out to our Global Neighbours in a practical way or volunteer to encourage others to give, act and pray during Christian Aid Week, then sign up for our virtual conference.

For more information and to register click here.


19:30Explore Hosting with Hope at Home

Survivors of modern slavery in the UK face homelessness! Join us as we look at how, as Christians, we can make a difference.

Please register via Eventbrite.

Hope at Home is a national charity dedicated to training and supporting volunteers to host survivors of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

Thursday 25th February 2021 09:00How do we lead churches in evangelism during COVID?

How do we make the most of the opportunities of this season in a way that doesn’t seem insensitive? How do we encourage people to show and share the faith in appropriate ways? This interactive session, led by James Lawrence, CPAS Leadership Principal, will explore struggles and ideas for leading well in evangelism through this season.

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021
Time: 9.00-11.30am
Cost: £6

Places are limited, and bookings will close at midday on Wednesday 24 February. 

To book your place visit the CPAS website.

19:00My Giving Online: training for regular users

This training session will act as advanced training for users of My Giving Online. It is aimed at those who have been using the software for some time, and would like learn new things, or refresh their knowledge. It is also suitable for those who are new in post who are looking to increase their knowledge and skills.

Register here.