- a reception at Number 10 with the Prime Minister;
- major TV, radio, web and press coverage of our Big Society Award win;
- several new local projects launching or in the planning;
- significant new links and partnerships made;
- education resource trialled in a school;
- endorsement offered to the National Day of Prayer at Wembley;
- support to a letter sent to Police and Crime Commissioners candidates;
- trailer outreach planned for London during the Olympics;
- outreach in Edinburgh during the August Bank Holiday Festival weekend
CNI Network is a major voice for work carried out in the night-time economy by local projects and volunteers. Together we are stronger and SA-CNI Network is able to speak as one voice for the amazing things achieved week in and week out.
Please do consider giving us your support - if every local project and partner committed to £200 a year it would cover all our costs and give us finance to do even more...
It was great to see 2 new local projects launch in the last few weeks - Blackpool Street Angels and Belper Street Angels both went out on the streets for the first time. Other towns are also due to launch later this month including Beverley and Whitby with more towns planning a launch later in the year. CNI Network is here to support and resource those towns wishing to start a work within the night-time economy - email firstname.lastname@example.org for details... It is also great to welcome Carmarthen, West Wales NightLight to the CNI Network family.
This Saturday (14th July) is the annual Yorkshire Duck Race at Bolton Abbey which is raising money for Street Angels - CNI Network, The Leprosy Mission and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Ducks are £2 and to purchase one to support SA-CNI text DUCK22 £2 to 70070 or visit www.localgiving.com/streetangels - please email email@example.com your name and number of ducks purchased and he will send you your duck numbers. First prize is return train tickets to London for 2 adults and 3 children on Grand Central; second prize is a family ticket to any show at Square Chapel, Halifax and third prize is annual membership to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
CNI has given its commitment to working with the new Police and Crime Commissioners that are to be elected in November. Working as part of Safer Future Communities a paper, looking at how the Voluntary and Community Sector can work alongside the PCC's to help reduce crime and keep communities safe, is to be sent to all those standing for election. More information is available here.
Town Pastors in Suffolk will be running a refreshment tent at the Latitude Festival this coming weekend. Please pray for the work at the Festival and for those they will meet...
Paul and Jean were at "For Such a Time as This" at Westminster Chapel, an event celebrating forty years of the New Church movement with a commitment to work together as God does new things within the UK. A full audio recording is available here - the prayer which summed up the day is:
WE AFFIRM OUR LOVE FOR YOU FATHER AND WE AFFIRM OUR LOVE FOR YOUR CHURCH.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS AND LOVE THROUGHT THE LAST 40 YEARS IN THIS NATION. THANK YOU FOR A NEW FLOW OF WORSHIP, MUSIC AND SONG WRITING THAT HAS BROUGHT LIFE TO THE CHURCH. THANK YOU FOR NEW CHURCHES PLANTED AND FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF KINGDOM EMERGING. WE PRAISE YOU FOR EVERY INITIATIVE WHICH HAS SOUGHT TO BLESS PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES AND FOR MISSION MOVEMENTS THAT HAVE HONOURED CHRIST AND REACHED MANY PEOPLE.
WHERE THERE HAVE BEEN DIVISIONS AND BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH THE YEARS WE PRAY YOUR FORGIVENESS AND CLEANSING.
NOW WE STAND TOGETHER FOR YOUR KINGDOM PURPOSES FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS AND NETWORKS RECOGNISING BOTH OUR DUTY AND DELIGHT TO BE TOGETHER. WE COMMIT TO SPEAK WELL OF ONE ANOTHER, TO SUPPORT AND AFFIRM ONE ANOTHER AND TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS MESSAGE IN WORD AND ACTION. REVIVE YOUR CHURCH. MAY WE SEE THE UK RE-EVANGELISED WITH MANY BROUGHT TO A LIVING FAITH AND MANY COMMUNITIES TRANSFORMED.
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
Well done to Halifax Street Angels who won the Jubilee Charity of the Year in the Halifax Courier Community Spirit awards. The award was presented by BBC Look North's Clare Frisby. Halifax Street Angels have also appointed Fran Toal and Ellis King who will replace Paul Blakey heading up the project.
An education resource pack has been developed in partnership with CICS (Christian Initiative in Calderdale Schools) which is part of Scripture Union. The pack was trialled in Rastrick High School and covers alcohol facts, safety advice, vulnerability around people Street Angels have helped, etc. We hope to make the pack available to local projects in the new school year...
Street Angels - CNI is part of the Cinnamon Network, a community of 150 CEO's of Christian charities who are passionate about social and community transformation. The Network has received some funding to act as seed funding for those wishing to start projects such as Street Angels - to read more and apply see here.
The AGM of Street Angels - CNI Network took place in June and saw the official handover from the Halifax based trustees to the new national board of trustees. The minutes will be published shortly but for now here are the approved accounts for both Halifax Street Angels and CNI Network.
We are working with Neighbourhood Watch to put together a database / interactive map of citizen patrol projects that are taking place across the UK - www.ourwatch.org.uk/citizen_patrols . This is to encourage new people to volunteer as well as provide information on numbers of volunteers, number of towns where community patrol projects are taking place, etc. It is hoped that someone from each region will act as the regional coordinator for the database (nominations please) and that this will prove to be an easy way to contact volunteers at a project, regional and national level. To put the database together please can you email the name of your project and postcode to firstname.lastname@example.org - many thanks!
"What a great initiative to gather people from across the nation and around the world to pray and worship. As the eyes of the world are repeatedly on London and the UK for the Jubilee and Olympics, to conclude this amazing year with 80,000 gathering at Wembley will be a prophetic declaration to the world that, as followers of Jesus, we want to see God's Kingdom established in community after community. Plan to be at Wembley on 29th September..."
Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased from www.ndopwembley.com . Paul is also working with Rebekah Brettle from Neighbourhood Prayer Network to establish a legacy for the day at Wembley.
There are over 300 Games Pastors now in place ready to serve and help those visiting Olympic cities including many from local projects. For those who already volunteer as Street Angels, Town Pastors, NightLight, etc then you can still be involved as a Games Pastor - you will need a reference from your coordinator
CNI is also working with FGBMFI, Share Jesus International and several London churches on an outreach trailer that will be used as a platform for music, drama, testimony, etc. Thanks to Alesia and Joy at Share Jesus International who have worked very hard on pulling this together and Trevor from FGBMFI / CNI who has adapted the trailer. People are welcome to come and support this - dates so far (some are still awaiting permission from local authorities):
Fri 27th July, 4pm - 8pm - Eden Church, London, SE5 0RN
Sat 28th July, 3.30pm - 6pm - Eden Church, London, SE5 0RN
Sun 29th July, 11am - 1pm - The Community Church, Surbiton; 4pm - 6pm Eden Church, SE5 0RN
Mon 30th July, Brazilian Churches (pending)
Tue 31st July, Young Adult Outreach Evening (pending)
Wed 1st August, Young Adult Outreach Evening (pending)
Thu 2nd August, 12pm - 2pm - Victory Outreach Centre, Canary Wharf, Docklands
Fri 3rd August, Young Adult Outreach Evening (pending)
Sat 4th August, 12-2pm RCCG Freedom House for all Nations, London, SE6 3BJ; 4-6pm Jesus House, Brent Cross, NW2 1LT; 7pm - 10pm Divinity Sound Young Adult Outreach Evening
Sun 5th August, 11am - 1pm The Community Church, Surbiton; 4-6pm Living Flames Baptist Church, Walthamstow, E17 4HL
Tue 7th August, 12noon - 2pm Tabernacle Christian Centre, London, W10 GQY; 4-6pm Victory Outreach Centre, Docklands; 8-10pm LifeChangers International (pending)
Wed 8th August, 12noon - 2pm LifeChangers International; Young Adult Outreach Evening (pending)
Fri 10th August, 4-6pm Jesus House, Brent Cross, NW2 1LT; Young Adult Outreach Evening (pending)
Sat 11th August, 12noon - 2pm Victory Outreach, Canary Wharf, 7pm - 10pm Divinity Sound outreach evening
Sun 12th August, 11am - 1pm The Community Church, Surbiton; 4-6pm Living Flames Baptist, Walthamstow, E17 4HL
Fri 13th July - Leeds Street Angels and Club Angels open night at Holy Trinity Boar Lane, 7.30pm - 9.30pm - curry and training!
Sat 14th July - Yorkshire Duck Race at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire - raising funds for SA-CNI
Wed 18th July - Paul in London for Games Pastors meeting and to talk about Love Your Streets
Thu 19th July - Paul welcoming the new Project Coordinators of Halifax Street Angels at an open day, 10am - 2pm; Paul and Jean at the Whitby Street Angels launch, 7pm.
Fri 27th July - Beverley Street Angels launch
Fri 27th July - 12th August Olympics! SA-CNI involved in Games Pastors and Trailer Outreach with More Than Gold (see above)
Fri 24th August - Edinburgh Festival Outreach - more details on our Blog / Facebook nearer the time.
Please pray for:
More Than Gold, the trailer outreach and Games Pastors over the next few weeks... For safety and protection over London and the other centres where the Games will be held.
Every local project and the work they do and those who volunteer. For those new projects launching this month - Whitby and Beverley and for those towns planning to launch later in the year.
The young people who heard about Street Angels as part of the trial lessons for our Education Resource - for safety and sense around alcohol.
The planning of the outreach at the Edinburgh Festival - that creativity will be found (anyone know a Christian bag-piper?)
Our links within the Big Society Award Network.
John and Kelvin as they tour the country - for conversations, needs to be met, those in need to find long term support, etc.
The National Day of Prayer - for every ticket to be sold and for Jonathan and the team as they pull the event together and for a lasting legacy to be seen in every neighbourhood...
The finances of SA-CNI to be met.
Our partner organisations including ROC, Neighbourhood Prayer Network, Neighbourhood Watch, Cinnamon Network, denominations and many more
God's Kingdom to come and God's will to be done in every community across the UK...