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Lent Appeal 2022 : Cultivating Compassionate Communities

Equipping churches to offer safe spaces and promote positive mental and emotional wellbeing

The Diocese of London Lent Appeal for 2022 will focus on raising awareness around issues of mental health & wellbeing for adults and young people, along with domestic abuse.

Hosted by the Compassionate Communities team, the aim of the appeal is to cultivate more compassionate communities by equipping churches to create safe spaces for those in their parish and promoting holistic wellbeing for all staff and church members too.

We will be raising money to support three partner charities who are all offering resources and bespoke training to churches as we work to achieve this.

On this page:

Donating to the appeal

This year we are asking any churches or individuals who wish to donate to the appeal to do so via our Just Giving page. This reduces the administrative burden and ensures that the maximum amount of funds will reach our partner charities. You can donate directly to the appeal by clicking on the button below.

If you are donating funds on behalf of your church, when you reach the box that says: “Name to appear on page (optional)” please enter the name and postcode of the church so that we can communicate our thanks to the church after the appeal!

Our three partner charities:

Renew Wellbeing

Renew Wellbeing – Renew spaces are simple cafe style spaces run by local churches where hobbies and activities are shared or co-produced. Each cafe space is attached to a quiet room or prayer space where inner habits of wellbeing are shared. Each church partners with a mental health professional.

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Restored UK – A network of churches standing against domestic abuse, shining a light in the darkness, providing a place of safety for survivors

Youthscape

Be Headstrong – supporting young people and those who come alongside them in their social, emotional and spiritual development (Part of Youthscape)

Resources for churches

A sermon from Colossians 3.10-17 on How to build good Mental Health

Click here to view it on Vimeo, where you can download the video or stream it for your service (NB. the video assumes the Bible reading has already taken place – Colossians 3.10-17)

Click here to download sermon notes – Bishop Graham is happy for others to preach it live using the notes.

Click the image or text link below to view and download the A4 poster, either to print off and display or to circulate digitally.

 

Click here to view and download the PDF poster

Resources

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Lent Appeal 2022 PowerPoint presentation  Download  

Resources

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Copy for pew sheets or church magazine  Download  

A sheet with weekly prayer points for the 8 weeks of Lent, relating to the appeal and mental health organisations.

Resources

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Prayer Diary.pdf  Download  

This year we are asking any churches or individuals who wish to donate to the appeal to do so via our Just Giving page. This reduces the administrative burden and ensures that the maximum amount of funds will reach our partner charities. You can donate directly to the appeal by clicking on the button below.

If you are donating funds on behalf of your church, when you reach the box that says: “Name to appear on page (optional)”  please enter the name and postcode of the church so that we can communicate our thanks to the church after the appeal!

Click here to donate

Launch Event

We launched this year’s Lent Appeal on 24 February, kindly hosted by St Dionis Church, Parson’s Green, home to The Mind and Soul Foundation.

You can watch this event back on YouTube below:

The morning was led by Bishop Sarah Mulally and Bishop Graham Tomlin, and we heard from this year’s Lent Appeal partner charities:

We also heard from Revd Will Van Der Hart from the Mind and Soul Foundation, and Corin Piling from Sanctuary Mental Health, on tackling burnout in ourselves.

You can find their PowerPoints to download below:

Resources

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Ruth Rice, Renew Wellbeing  Download  
Bekah Legg, Restored,  Download  
Dr. Kate Middleton, Youthscape Headstrong  Download  
Corin Piling, Sanctuary Mental Health - tackling burnout  Download  
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