It's been three months since we started working in the Circuit, so its a good time to reflect on what we have done and what we have planned.
Rachael – Children & Families Worker
I’ve been very busy over the last three months. An important part of what I’ve been doing is getting an understanding of what is already going on in the churches and the wider community as well as getting to know the volunteers and key people. One of the most important things is seeing what is being done will and what else we can do to serve the community. I’ve been connecting with some of the families already linked to our churches, seeing what we can do to support them, both in the faith journey and practical help. I’ve been dropping in to Parents and Tots groups and supporting the Messy Churches.
I want to say a big thank you to all of those who have welcomed me, and all those who give their time to volunteer with children and families, and I look forward to working with you more in the near future.
What do I have planned?
We have been having long conversations in my Management Meetings about what the future could look like. The Messy Church at Wesley is running well, and has attracted a few new families. We are looking at ways to promote wider to get more people coming along.
After a lot of thought and prayer, we have decided that the December Messy Church at the Height will be the last one. It has been very successful, but has seen numbers dropping as the children we originally connecting with have grown out of its target age. We know that the families that have come really valued it and we want to give a massive thank you to all those who have supported it in any way, coming along and helping, providing resources and praying for it.
We are very excited with the conversations we’ve been having with St Marys Primary School in Cadishead, were we are setting up a messy church-style after school club. Alongside craft and games, the children will learn to make quick, simple meals which they will then eat together. We will focus on issues that children face as they grow up; friends, worries, bullying etc. This will take place fortnightly at the school, and each term we will do something at Wesley, building that link between the children and the church.
This has possibility of being something great, and we ask for your prayers, for the volunteers and the children as we venture into something new.
The community that the Height serves is in need for something for older young people, and I am excited about a new project to see to the urgent need of connecting with older children in and around The Height. Provisionally called “Height YTH”, we are looking at creating a hang out space in the church where the young people can come together to socialise, take part in discussions etc. There are possibilities of partnering with the great work Selorm does with young people as an extension of Friday nights, as he already has links with this age group as he already has links with this age group, but hope that we can allow the young people to take responsibility for it as it develops, to help them to gain useful life skills. We ask for your prayers for this work. We will also be looking into how we can better engage with younger children at the same time by building relationship through engaging and exciting activities.
Get in touch
If you’d like to know more about what I’m doing, please get in touch with me. You can find me on Facebook (facebook.com/rachael.philip.3551) or email me at email@example.com.
We are always on the look out of volunteers, if this is something you or someone you know would be interested in, please have a chat with me.
Matt – Circuit Communications Coordinator
Like Rachael, one of the main things I have been doing is getting to know the Circuit- the people, the churches and communities, what’s going on. My role is to improve communication within the Circuit and aid communication outside – sharing the good news of what we are up to.
Website and Facebook
The biggest job I’ve done so far is a complete redevelopment of the Circuits website – www.salfordcircuit.org.uk This involved pulling together lots of information, pictures and other details and work out how best to display it. I hope you like what I came up with. It has useful things like the Preaching Plan and Circuit Policies as well as photos and videos of events. I am keeping it up to date with events and news stories – if you have anything happening that you would like put on there then please let me know.
I’ve also been working on Social Media for the Circuit – a key way to engage with younger people – if you are on Facebook, please like the Circuit Page (www.facebook.com/salfordcircuit) where there are regular posts, events and news stories.
Another thing I’ve started doing is a fortnightly Circuit Mailing - sharing news and events from across the Circuit and further afield – as a way of allowing people to know what is going on at the other end of the Circuit. If you’d like to receive this directly, you can sign up at www.salfordcircuit.org.uk/mailing-signup
I’ve been doing some training on using social media in a church context, and am looking to share this with others. In the New Year I am planning to put on some training for who run Facebook pages and websites for the Churches in the Circuit, to share some of my learning and also see what we can learn from each other – Look out for details on this.
Blogs and Videos
As well as using the website and Facebook at a digital notice board, I’m looking at ways to use them to promote discussion and reflection on our faith and the life of the Circuit. There are two ways I am doing this. Firstly I plan to do short videos with various people across the Circuit, looking at the roles the do. The first is now online – Jennie Smith talking about being a Pastoral Visitor. I am also looking at doing a regular blog where people across the Circuit can write a short piece (just a few hundred words) about something they have been thinking about. If you would be interested in this, please let me know.
Get in touch
Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me into the Circuit, and who have been sending me news, events and pictures. If you have anything you’d like me to promote, or would like me to come and take photos or videos of, you can get me on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/mattcollins.salford