Parish Pixels – show us what makes your church special
This year, our church competition celebrates churches across the UK through photography. However, it is far from a photography competition!
Churches have always been the focal point of their community, a place where people could turn to for companionship and support. We’re pleased to say that community spirit is still very much in evidence today, as the inspiring entries to our church competition, ‘Reaching Out, Inviting In’ prove.
We asked churches to send us details of how they had engaged with their community during the past year. Whether it was a one-off event or an ongoing outreach project, if it was making a difference we wanted to hear about it.
One long weekend every April, a Cambridgeshire church and hall is transformed into a holiday destination. Eighty or so ‘holiday makers’ from the village descend on the church, where helpers are gathered to make sure they all have the holiday of a lifetime.
Each year the holiday takes a different theme. From the Orient Express, with belly dancing and regional cuisine, to a seaside holiday with sand, paddling pool and lashings of ice cream, just about anything is possible.
A church in Angell Town, London, set up the Baby Friendly Church Policy to support young families. With two volunteer midwifes on the team, the aim was to reach out to mothers to help them bond with their babies, giving them a positive social network and creating a baby-friendly church.
The project holds workshops on baby health, breastfeeding and bottle feeding in schools and community centres as well as the church. One important aspect is encouraging mothers and families to tell their stories, which helps bring groups together within the community