What is it?
Stories on the Street is compiled of a series of workshops (usually over a period of four days) which encourages churches to identify the skills, experiences and gifts within the church that can be used to help others. Strengths within the community that can be built on are also recognised. This allows us to work with and through the church in local mission and community engagement.
This is not prescribing or second guessing what any particular community should do, but is providing a toolkit for Mothers' Union and the church to explore together and subsequently with their local community their own strengths and needs and what they can do about them. Each Mothers’ Union branch and church will work at the pace which is right for them, linking to a wider network of others who are going through a similar process.
What happens in the workshops?
The mornings of the workshops are largely devoted to Bible study which has been found, both in the UK and overseas, to be a real help for people to understand their church and community needs in a new light. The afternoons are then spent equipping participants with a range of participatory tools they can use with their church and community to gather information, analyse that information and plan and review those projects.
What are the benefits?
Participants learn ways in which to be more creative in worship and Bible study and benefit from meeting together regularly to share experiences. We have seen Church and Community Mobilisation build community cohesion, inspire confidence in participents and also, led by Mothers’ Union in partnership with the church, revitalise and grow congregations and Mothers’ Union membership.
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