‘Showing God’s love to the poor and disadvantaged’ – Deanery Synod June 2014

Front of Deanery Synod Leaflet Carol DealeyCarol Dealey has sent us a report summarising what happened at the latest Deanery Synod:

“We had a very interesting meeting of Deanery Synod on 19th June at which we discussed issues in relation to poverty and how parishes are addressing them.

“The main speaker was Fred Rattley who is the Diocesan Director of Community Regeneration and whose main work relates to issues of poverty and is part of the Church Urban Fund national strategy.

“Fred Rattley emphasised that ‘Putting the poor at the heart of priorities is the heart of mission – showing God’s love to the poor and disadvantaged. This also means collaboration with others’.

“As well as talking about what is happening at Diocesan level, he also asked several questions and used a diagram called Growing the Movement – Thrive Model of Working.

How do you connect with your local neighbourhood?
Do you know what is going on locally to alleviate poverty?
Can you work with them?

DEanery Synod image“After this there were several short presentations regarding activities round the Deanery.

Debt and Benefit Advice at St John’s.
Mike Waters described the work at The Crossway. The team have had 27 new clients since January and now have insufficient volunteers for the number of people coming forward for help.
Many of the clients come from outside Harborne – travelling in by bus from Selly Oak, Bartley Green, Quinton and further afield.

Credit Union in Ladywood.
The basic premise is to encourage people to save small amounts which would give them access to loans, but some people have so little money they cannot save.
They do give loans for those in dire circumstances which are subsidised by the loan guarantee fund. Clients are subsequently given debt advice.

Quinton & Oldbury Food Bank.
This runs at St Boniface and Paul & Barney’s Place and is supported by the Trussell Trust.
The food bank has been running for a year and has support from a variety of local agencies.

Selly Oak Jobs Club run by St Mary’s Selly Oak and the Christian Life Centre.
They help people write CVs and provide computers/printers for their clients to use. They get most of their referrals from the local Job Centre.

“Following these presentations there was further discussion of on the topic and the meeting closed in prayer.”

Carol Dealey on behalf of St John’s Deanery Synod members: Issy Bartram, Vinod Bhatia, Ray Buick, Carol Dealey, Stella Jennings and Lesley Osborn.

23rd Jul 2014 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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