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In 2015, the God for All vision was launched, underpinned by a commitment across denominations in Cumbria to grow God’s Kingdom through the development of Mission Communities.

Five years later – and after wide-ranging consultation with groups across the county – we today embrace a refreshed God for All vision.

Listening to our communities
to serve them and
to challenge injustice

Sharing our faith in
Jesus in everyday ways,
with all people

Protecting God’s creation,
seeking to sustain and renew
the life of the earth

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The Northern Mission Centre is a collaboration between God for All and Church Mission Society to support creative and innovative mission. We are pioneering at heart supporting both Time Honoured and Fresh Expressions of church to reach deeper into the communities they serve.

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January 19th
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“There are lots of statistics which show that loneliness can be directly linked to development of dementia, obesity and heart disease” says Terry Peate.

“[Churches] are really good when someone comes to our door. We give them a lovely welcome and we’re brilliant at making a fuss of them.

But we’re rubbish at inviting people; that’s why the church is declining. We’re not very good at living out our faith and that’s why I felt this project was the way forward.”

Terry is talking about the Linking Lives project which he has spearheaded for churches in and around Cockermouth. The team now has 45 volunteers – largely, but not all Christians – who each draw alongside a particular person in the community who has been referred to the scheme, generally via a GP practice.

Each week, the befrienders spend an hour with their link person, offering chances to forge new friendships. The scheme’s youngest recruit – a 17-year-old – has a weekly link to a 94-year-old lady. Funding of £6,000 per year also covers the costs of local co-ordinator, Sue Gorman.

Whilst befrienders are not there to proselytise, there’s also an understanding that some link people may find extra solace in prayer.

“People understand that many of the volunteers are Christians and so if they ask about faith or to pray then of course we’re more than happy to draw alongside them in that way too,” says Terry, who has now been appointed the regional co-ordinator for Linking Lives.

For more info visit www.linkinglives.uk/cockermouth
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“There are lots of statistics which show that loneliness can be directly linked to development of dementia, obesity and heart disease” says Terry Peate. 

“[Churches] are really good when someone comes to our door. We give them a lovely welcome and we’re brilliant at making a fuss of them. 
 
But we’re rubbish at inviting people; that’s why the church is declining. We’re not very good at living out our faith and that’s why I felt this project was the way forward.” 
 
Terry is talking about the Linking Lives project which he has spearheaded for churches in and around Cockermouth. The team now has 45 volunteers – largely, but not all Christians – who each draw alongside a particular person in the community who has been referred to the scheme, generally via a GP practice. 
 
Each week, the befrienders spend an hour with their link person, offering chances to forge new friendships. The scheme’s youngest recruit – a 17-year-old – has a weekly link to a 94-year-old lady. Funding of £6,000 per year also covers the costs of local co-ordinator, Sue Gorman. 
 
Whilst befrienders are not there to proselytise, there’s also an understanding that some link people may find extra solace in prayer. 
 
“People understand that many of the volunteers are Christians and so if they ask about faith or to pray then of course we’re more than happy to draw alongside them in that way too,” says Terry, who has now been appointed the regional co-ordinator for Linking Lives. 

For more info visit www.linkinglives.uk/cockermouth
January 18th
God for All

A huge well-done to the collaboration of churches in Kendal, who have worked so hard to raise funds in order to re-open a CAP debt centre in the town.

John says that the debt centre in Kendal saved his life, after he was left suicidal by his debt problem. Now his life is full of hope, not only by being debt-free, but by knowing that Jesus died for him. Do watch John's inspirational story - it'll probably be the best thing you see all day!
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January 12th
God for All

Is God Northern?
In this online event, Nigel Rooms, Elli Wort, and Kate Fox came together to discuss how they define northern identity, and whether it relates to ideas about class, and whether there is a particularly northern type of Christianity.

Given that many churches in the North of England are closing, they describe northern Christianity as fragile, but authentic, community-based and full of humour.

What do you think? Does your northern context, in Cumbria, shape how you express your faith or how you do church or mission?
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If you’re interested in this sort of question check out the Pioneer Mission certificate where One of the questions we ask on the first module when we think about Jesus the pioneer is “what does a northern Jesus look like?” Find out more here godforall.org.uk/northern-mission-centre/nmc-training-and-resources/