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12 February 2014

The heart of the community

The heart of the community

In a society where social cohesion and neighbourliness might seem to be fading fast, churches across the country are being encouraged to reach out and be at the heart of their communities in 2014.

Fusion Youth and Community, in partnership with Crossing London and HOPE 2014 are offering a nationwide series of training days during February and March to equip and inspire churches to build a stronger sense of community in their neighbourhoods.

The training, billed as exciting, action-packed days will offer practical ideas which churches can tailor to suit their area and community.The aim is to get churches and people talking and working together to not just connect with their neighbourhoods and communities, but to reach out to those who might never consider attending church.

"We all want our friends, neighbours, work colleagues and others to see Church in a different way," said Marty Woods,
Europe director for FYC. "This may be through attending a community event or initiative organised by the local church. But our training days are not just about organising festivals. We're also teaming up with Messy Church, which is a fantastic programme that can be used after events to encourage people to take the first steps into church."

Many churches across the UK are regularly reaching out into their communities. During the 2012 London Olympics over 600,000 people attended community festivals and events hosted by churches. Similarly FYC and its partners want churches to capitalise on key events lined up for this year such as the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games, the Big Lunch in June and the commemoration of World War One.

"These highly practical training days will help churches to identify opportunities, make their choices, and be ready for action," adds Marty. "We hope many hundreds of people from churches across the nation will get prepared and equipped for a year of festivals, fun and outreach."

Venues hosting the days include churches in Merseyside, Dorset and North West and central London. Book onto an event