In a city just like yours, hope is in short supply. Politicians are corrupt, power overthrows justice, and hypocrisy and cynicism seem to be in the very air and in the bloodstream. Yet when a strange man comes to town, peculiar things start to happen: the sick rise from their beds, the dead live again, and people lost to addiction and their own desires are suddenly freed. But who is he? And how long before the powers that be crack down on this subversive, this radical, this ‘Liberator’?
Inspired by the work of Rob Lacey and told in his memory, The Liberator is a passionate retelling of the Gospel of Matthew. Told in a modern idiom, this is a gospel at once faithful and utterly fresh.
As churches negotiate their way back to ‘normal’, Saltmine Theatre Company hopes that this original and compelling drama will be a resource to support community outreach whilst encouraging believers’ confidence in the uncompromising yet compassionate Christ. The Liberator would be an ideal launch event for an Alpha or Freedom in Christ course, an invitation to re-connect with the church, or simply an inspiring celebration of Jesus’ ministry.
*Bookers are welcome to set their own ticket prices to recoup this donation. Might your churches together group / churches in your diocese, circuit or cluster collaborate to book, fund and promote a performance in your area?
To reserve a date or to enquire further please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01384 454800. We hope that we can bring The Liberator to your area.
Christian Concern for One World (CCOW)
Resources and help for your church
Do you drive? Do you have a car?
If yes, then we need your help.
The Salvation Army are recruiting for new Transport Volunteer Drivers to transport victims of Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking to one of our contracted Safe Houses.
No car, no problem,
we need Chaperones too! The Salvation Army are recruiting for Transport Volunteer Chaperones to accompany Drivers & to ensure victims feel safe and cared for.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact ATMSVolunteering@salvationarmy.org.uk or visit our website
https://www.salvationarmy.org.... anti trafficking and modern slavery.
Volunteering could make an amazing difference to someone’s life
"We Need To Show Another Way”
At a recent online event Jonathan Bryan, who communicates by using eye movements only, encouraged us all that, “As a church community we need to show another way from the norms of society, where disability is often begrudgingly accommodated.”
Jonathan communicated every word of his powerful presentation, although it was physically read by his friend, and it can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psp9xLxKR6s
At the event, hosted by Christian disability charity, Through the Roof, Jonathan shared some of his incredible journey from being unable to communicate to being freed to express his innermost thoughts and perspectives on life and faith, using eye movements alone to communicate via a specially designed spelling board.
He is used to the many disabling factors in society, and church life, that limit his full participation as part of God’s family – although his own church and youth leader intentionally involve him in the planning and decision-making of activities which affect him.
Still only aged 15, he has published a book, ‘Eye Can Write’ and established a charity, ‘Teach Us Too’ calling for all children to be given the opportunity to read and write, regardless of their perceived ability.
One delegate enthused: "Jonathan showed us that although he is profoundly disabled, he is also profoundly able."
Through the Roof CEO, Tim Wood said, “Jonathan’s presentation is highly recommended viewing for those committed to enabling disabled people to be part of church life, and absolutely essential for those who aren’t!”
The charity provides free support and resources to anyone who signs up as a Roofbreaker to champion the needs of disabled people in their church or ministry. Find out more at: https://throughtheroof.org/forchurches/roofbreakers
---News Release---- April 2021
How Do I Find A Church That Welcomes Me?
A map that gives an important message to disabled people.
Through the Roof have created a new online map to show churches and ministries that are positive about disability inclusion. It’s available now at their website www.throughtheroof.org.
Fiona Gosden, Church Inclusion Coordinator at Through the Roof, said, “I’m a Christian, and a wheelchair user. Many churches don’t realise how difficult it can be for disabled people to find a church to belong to. Having recently moved to Norwich, I’m looking forward to exploring new churches, and excited about using our own new map to help me! I’d love to know if I would receive a warm welcome at your church and find a community where I can belong and play my part in God’s kingdom—so please do visit the map, and submit your own church so we can tell others about you.”’
“When I first became a Christian, I was apprehensive about finding a church that I could belong to as a wheelchair user. Only Google maps existed then, and it didn’t tell me whether the churches would welcome me. This map does.”
Joining the map doesn’t mean your church has perfect access and gets everything right, it means that you are wanting to welcome disabled people and to respond by enabling them to be part of your church.
You can welcome disabled people to your church by taking these 2 steps:
1) Have a Roofbreaker (disability champion) in your church.
2) Join your church to The Online Map to show that you want to welcome disabled people.
Through the Roof will support Roofbreakers by...
· Providing a FREE 2 hour Zoom Disability Awareness workshop
· Giving access to our free downloadable ‘Church Toolkit’
· Helping you to discover more of the benefits of having a ‘Roofbreaker’ in your church through ongoing support, monthly emails, events, Facebook and Roofbreaker Networks.
Sign up to become a Roofbreaker here: www.throughtheroof.org/sign-up...
Join the map here: www.throughtheroof.org/sign-up...
Photos to accompany this story are available from: Dropbox – Online Map News Release – Simplify your life or by request
Notes: Through the Roof trains and equips churches and other organisations to be inclusive of people with any disability. It publishes resource material, runs short term overseas missions, distributes refurbished wheelchairs in developing countries and runs accessible holidays, among other programmes. We make the Christian gospel accessible to everyone affected by disability – disabled people and their families.
For more information please contact:
Fiona Gosden (email@example.com) Deputy Church Inclusion (Roofbreaker) Co-ordinator
Janet Eardley (firstname.lastname@example.org) Church Inclusion (Roofbreaker) Co-ordinator
Grantham and Vale of Belvoir Circuit
The Revd. Martin T. Smithson, B.Sc., B.Th.
Letter to CEOs of Churches Together Groups
'I am currently on sabbatical and am looking at ‘effective ecumenism’
'I'm keen to discover what is working well ecumenically, especially in local situations. I’m imagining that there are new models which I haven’t come across yet. Please would you let me know of any examples of effective, new ways of working together ecumenically in your area. I would also be interested in traditional models which are working well.'
Read the letter here: (pdf)
Applications for Future Talent's Junior and Development Programmes are open until 1 July. Our Programmes provide a range of opportunities - from workshops and one-to-one mentoring to masterclasses and performances - to gifted young musicians from low-income backgrounds, as well as financial support.
Pioneer practice is about seeing possibility, dreams, ideas of how things could be better or new or different. And then making something happen out of that seeing.