The Church of England and its Church Urban Fund have produced some ‘postcode tools’ to help you learn more about the area in which you live.
A Church Near You enables you to identify your local Church of England parish
The Church Urban Fund postcode tool has information about poverty indicators in your parish – showing life expectancy, and levels of child and elder poverty
The Church of England’s “Presence and Engagement” website has a postcode tool with information from the 2011 Census about religious affiliation in your parish
On this page, we offer some questions parishes can use – to reflect on their ministry in the light of this data about their local context. They could form the basis for a Church Council meeting or away-day, or for a series of Bible studies.
Discuss the following questions, and then write a few sentences about the profile of your parish:
You might want to spend 10-15 minutes on this exercise.
Discuss three passages from the Gospel in turn, each of which contains a call to action for the church. The passages are:
For each of passage in turn, spend 20 minutes on the following exercise:
The Centre for Theology & Community operates the Greater London Presence & Engagement Network to equip churches in multi-religious contexts for mission and ministry. These Bible studies were produced by the Network. It has produced an extensive resource pack for study and reflection on Living with other faiths, available in Word and PDF.
CTC has also published Just Church – a report on how churches can respond to the Gospel call to works of mercy, action for justice, and sharing of the faith.