One way to get out and about during the lockdown road map restrictions would be to join in with the Great British Spring Clean, running from 28 May to 13 June, and organised by Keep Britain Tidy.
During the Great British Spring Clean, Keep Britain Tidy work with a range of partners across the UK – from big business and trusts to community groups and councils as well as members of the public. Everyone comes together as a network of #LitterHeroes to get rubbish off the ground, safely collected and, where possible, recycled.
Now in its sixth year, the Great British Spring Clean is the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign.
In 2019, more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected nearly a million bags of litter - equating to 4,308 tons - that would have otherwise remained on our streets and beaches and in our parks.
Following the Great British September Clean 2020, volunteers were asked how taking part in the project made them feel:
- 79% agreed that volunteering helped improve their mood
- 44% agreed the campaign helped them feel less anxious about what is happening in the world right now and
- 43% said it helped them feel less isolated
- 78% feel more pride for their local area
- 64% feel more part of their local community
So evidence quite clearly shows that taking part in litter picking is good for both the soul and the environment!
Click on the link below to find out how to join in:
Great British Spring Clean 2021
If you've ever thought there must be more to life than this, why not join Why Believe?
The series will run over Easter to unpack six key questions, and get to the heart of why we are here and what life is all about.
Why Believe? is an online social media mission event taking place during Holy Week, hosted by Simon Allaby.
Short videos will be posted on Facebook each day from 28 March at 7pm for six days. There will be a live stream event on Good Friday.
An introduction to the week. Most people think there ‘must be more to life than this’. An encouragement for people to come with an open mind.
Why believe in good and evil?
Why believe in justice?
Why believe in love?
Why believe in hope?
Each day will explore these core values that we all assume are essential for a civilised society to function well. But Simon will argue that in a Godless universe there is no reason why any of them should exist.
Why believe in Jesus?
A Gospel presentation focusing on Jesus who lived a perfect life, who judges and loves us perfectly and who offers us the hope of eternal life.
How to take part
From 28 March you will find the videos on Facebook and Youtube. The Good Friday event will be live-streamed on Facebook, 2 April.
Facebook Link: Turn the Page @ttpstories
YouTube Link: Turn the Page
Safeguarding the welfare of all those attending our congregations and church activities is a responsibility that we take very seriously.
Over the past year many churches have been mainly operating online, but with the hope of lifting Lockdown restrictions in the Spring, we are are looking to ensure all of our volunteers have received up-to-date training in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
Bearing this in mind, we shall be offering basic safeguarding training via Zoom over the next couple of months. The training is free and open to all volunteers within The Connexion congregations.
If you would like to participate, please get in touch with the safeguarding lead at your church, who will be able to provide you with further details.
With so many individuals and families suffering from financial hardship during the Coronavirus pandemic, a Budgeting Course offered by Rosedale Community Church is a welcome initiative.
Rosedale is running the three-week course during February. It is free of charge, and designed to help people to set their household budgets, manage their money and where possible, save for the future.
With churches currently under Lockdown, the course, which is sponsored by HFC, is being delivered via Zoom from 1 February on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings.
Rosedale is a lively, family church, with a heart for reaching out to the community.
The church is based in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. Visit their website or Facebook page to keep in touch with their activities, church services and online gatherings.
Lockdown has encouraged many people to re-evaluate their lives and ask big questions.
The Alpha Course provides an ideal platform to do this. It offers a safe place to explore and discuss those questions, and learn about faith and Jesus, without pressure and at no cost.
Wormley Free Church are launching a new Alpha Course, beginning on Tuesday 19th June at 8pm.
Alpha is an 11 week course, which during the pandemic will run via Zoom.
Each week includes a film or talk tackling a different question relating to Christianity and faith, followed by discussion - which is your chance to ask those questions!
If you would like to sign up, or you are thinking about whether or not to join, visit Wormley's Alpha Page for more details about the course.
In recognition that Christmas just isn't Christmas without a carol service, Wormley Free Church has joined forces with Hoddesdon and Broxbourne to create a Churches Together Drive in Carol service at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne.
Two services will be held on Sunday 20 December at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. There is a cost of £5 per car as a contribution to help to cover the costs.
For more details and to make a booking click on the link below. Wormley advise us that if you would like to attend speedy booking is recommended as tickets are selling fast.
Link: Information and booking: Drive in Carols
Connexion Church Christmas Services
Many of our churches, where possible, are planning carol services and Christmas Day celebrations.
In all cases places are limited due to Government social distancing guidelines, and attendance required to be registered in advance. We recommend that you visit your church's individual website for full details.
Bolney Village Chapel is running an Online Alpha Course from Tuesday 29 September from 8pm to 9pm.
Alpha offers a chance to ask the big questions and explore the Christian faith in a non-pressurised environment.
The online course runs for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings, concluding on Tuesday 1 December.
On Saturday 7 November the online group will also meet for an additional session from 10.30am to 1pm.
Each week a link will be sent out to you to watch a 25min video introducing that week's topic, together with a link to join the meeting via a Zoom call at 8pm for discussion and questions.
Over 65 churches and Christian organisations from different denominations came together online on May 3 to sing a blessing over the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The You Tube video has been widely circulated through social media and has so far received more than 1.4m viewings.
Individual recordings of singers and musicians were combined to create a six-minute video that is wonderfully moving.
It aims to bring hope and encouragement to people during this difficult time and concludes with the message: "Our buildings may be closed, but the Church is alive!"
Click here to view the UK Blessing video
The teenagers from our Connexion Community not only enjoy the Youth Conference, which takes place at High Leigh each year around Easter, they also have a chance to get together for a special reunion event over the autumn half-term weekend.
This year’s reunion was held at Wormley Free Church and attended by young people from St Ives, Ely, Turner’s Hill, Wormley and Rosedale Community Church, Cheshunt.
The weekend encouraged the group to take time to reflect on topics relating to friendship and evangelism, combined with a programme of activities and fun. They played crazy golf, pitched their knowledge against the congregation at a Quiz Night, ate fish and chips, watched a pop-up-cinema screening of Jumanji, and led the Sunday morning church service.
Needless to say a good time was had by all and everyone is looking forward to meeting up again at the Easter Conference! (Dates for your diary: 14-16 April 2020.)
The image shows some group members at the crazy golf course, before the rain set in!
A reminder that the next Ministers’ Gathering will take place from Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November at High Leigh in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, which is also the venue for The Connexion Annual Conference.
Trustees will join Ministers from Connexion churches to meet together for 24 hours, in order to share information and pray for one another.
The retreat offers an excellent opportunity for our Connexion network to get to know each other better in the relaxed and beautiful setting at High Leigh. Providing valuable time for leaders to come together for worship, prayer and discussion, to deepen relationships and learn more about their individual churches.