Developing future school leaders

James Townsend, Director of the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership, explains why the development of school leaders of the future is crucial so pupils can flourish and reach their potential.
For more information on the conference James mentions in this clip: www.churchofengland.org/education/lat…ion-news.aspx
Read Andy Wolfe’s blog on teacher networks: www.tumblr.com/blog/cofecomms.

Encouraging community integration

Around a third of the Sunday morning congregation at St Botolph’s Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, known locally as the ‘Boston Stump’ are now of eastern European origin thanks to EU migration to the area over the last decade.

Rev Alyson Buxton talks about the impact on the life of the Parish of Boston and how the church is hoping to promote community integration with support from an initial grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Church as sanctuary to refugees

The Bishop of Manchester calls for prayer, friendship and taking a stand against hostility.

Ahead of a conference to help equip churches to offer a welcome to people seeking refuge, the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, speaks of why Christians are mandated to offer welcome to all and how churches can support refugees and asylum seekers new to this country.

The conference will be held at Salford University on Saturday 19 November and is organised jointly by the Diocese of Manchester and Greater Together Manchester. The event will update delegates on the ‘refugee crisis’, the government’s response both locally and nationally, and the complexities of the UK asylum system.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops, including:

• People Welcoming People: becoming a welcoming church
• Legal Matters: understanding the law on asylum
• Accommodating unaccompanied minors
• Understanding Community Sponsorship
• Models of Welcoming Newcomers
• What is Trauma? Looking at mental health and the asylum process
• Hosting the Destitute
• Supporting Christian converts with their asylum case
• Campaigning for Change
• 28 Days: supporting the transition from Asylum Seeker to Refugee
• Understanding Islam

This event is open to all and costs £10 per person to cover the cost of providing lunch. Booking is essential via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcoming-re…on-27599182899

For further information, contact Lily Axworthy, Greater Together Manchester on 0161 828 1409

Solar Panels Serving The Community

A boxing club, a beehive and a drop-in centre for destitute asylum seekers are among projects that have benefitted thanks to income generated by solar panels on a church roof.

Rev John Hughes of St John the Evangelist, Old Trafford, in Manchester, explains how a community energy project based at his church has served the whole community.

Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter

Night shelters supported by Church Urban Fund are to increase their provision to nearly 4,000 bed spaces this winter in response to a growing problem of homelessness.

Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter will nearly double the length of time it operates to six months when it opens to homeless guests at the end of this month with support from six Church of England host churches. We hear from Rev Ellie Trimble, priest-in-charge of the Church of the Apostles Manchester with St Cuthbert Miles Platting, who talks about her churches’ involvement in the shelter.