Thames North Synod - Church and Society Network and Racial Justice/Intercultural Relations Advocates
The CHURCH and SOCIETY NETWORK started to get underway in 2015 and coincided with the revised Synod structures relating to the new system for committees and Area Groups of churches. The process went through the Synod committee (MIG – Mission Initiative Committee) and was later adopted and launched by a Meeting of Synod , when a number of people signed up to be members of the Network. Since then it has produced two newsletters a year and run 4 Church and Society Saturdays at different church locations. At these events the network explored different church and society issues such as inter-faith activities with children and young people; refugees; people seeking asylum; embracing difference; rising hate crime; child line.
It has also drawn on the experiences of local church involvement with their communities, in relation to mental health, food and fuel banks, youth ministry etc. Such involvement has had a positive outcome for several church congregations and the faith of their members. The Network is now linked in with the Synod Discipleship Committee.
This coming 26 October 2019 the Church and Society Network working group are planning a regional Inter-cultural/Inter-generational event inviting adults and young people from churches in Thames North, Southern, Eastern and Wessex Synods. Please watch this space for the poster advertising this event and inviting you to attend. There will be a full programme available. The themes will be:
ADVOCATES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND INTER-CULTURAL MINISTRY (A Hub of the Church and Society Network)
CHURCH and SOCIETY NETWORK (Working Group):
Fran Spence, Alex Bediako, Nancy Babarinde, Melanie Smith, Sandra Ackroyd, Brian Ball.
ADVOCATES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND INTER-CULTURAL MINISTRY (Focus Group):
Sandra Ackroyd, Shahbaz Javed, Alex Bediako, Fran Spence, Nancy Babarinde, Melanie Smith, Everton Talker, Francis Ackroyd.
Racial Justice – Revd Shahbaz Javed and Sandra Ackroyd (joint chair)
Church and Society- Sandra Ackroyd (co-ordinator)
Sandra Ackroyd Sga322@gmail.com
020 8279 0533
22, Scarborough Road, Leytonstone, E11 4AL
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