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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

What’s On

Why not join with others from around Cumbria by attending a God for All event?

Resources

Looking for a children’s activities, sermon notes, or a poster? We have a wide range of resources for you to download.

Northern Mission Centre

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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August 18th
God for All

Let's take a moment to pray for all the young people around Cumbria who are receiving their A-Level results today:

Generous God,

We pray for all those young people who received their exam results only to be left with uncertainty and confusion.

We give thanks that you journey with them in joy and in sorrow.

We ask your blessing on them as they navigate their next step knowing that you are there for them always.

As we rejoice with those who will receive good news, we ask your blessing on them,
knowing that you celebrate with us whenever life is rich and rewarding.

Bless also, we pray, those who are burdened with anxious thoughts;

And comfort those who may face disappointment.

Finally we pray for those who still wait, in hope and amid uncertainty: keep watch with them, loving God, and be their strength.

Amen
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Lets take a moment to pray for all the young people around Cumbria who are receiving their A-Level results today:

Generous God,

We pray for all those young people who received their exam results only to be left with uncertainty and confusion.

We give thanks that you journey with them in joy and in sorrow.

We ask your blessing on them as they navigate their next step knowing that you are there for them always.

As we rejoice with those who will receive good news, we ask your blessing on them,
knowing that you celebrate with us whenever life is rich and rewarding.

Bless also, we pray, those who are burdened with anxious thoughts;

And comfort those who may face disappointment.

Finally we pray for those who still wait, in hope and amid uncertainty: keep watch with them, loving God, and be their strength.

Amen
August 17th
God for All

Are you a leader within a faith-based organisation? If so, the MPA in Faith-Based Leadership course at the University of Birmingham may be of interest. The God for All Programme and Strategy Manager, Kerry Roughton, who is currently studying for this Master's degree, explains more:

'I’m currently halfway through my second year on the MPA, returning to study 12years after completing my undergraduate degree! One of the things I’ve valued most is how the course encourages you to reflect on your own faith and leadership with others from such a rich variety of backgrounds, whilst giving space for everyone to hold dear to their own faith tradition.

Those in my cohort include people in similar roles to myself, navigating project and strategy management in a faith-based environment, church leaders, chaplains, CEOs, leaders of faith-based charities, and those with national remits within their denomination.

I would encourage anyone who wants to be challenged about what it means to be a faith leader today with all its complexities, commitments, and joy, to consider if a course like this is right for them.

I’d be really happy to chat through my experiences of this, including practicalities and funding, if anyone is interested in finding out more.'

You can contact Kerry by email: kerry.roughton@carlislediocese.org.uk

There is a short promotional video about the course here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRi11RgpSuY

More course information: www.freechurches.org.uk/news/2021/2/2/mpa-faith-based-leadership-course-university-of-birmingham
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Are you a leader within a faith-based organisation? If so, the MPA in Faith-Based Leadership course at the University of Birmingham may be of interest. The God for All Programme and Strategy Manager, Kerry Roughton, who is currently studying for this Masters degree, explains more:

I’m currently halfway through my second year on the MPA, returning to study 12years after completing my undergraduate degree! One of the things I’ve valued most is how the course encourages you to reflect on your own faith and leadership with others from such a rich variety of backgrounds, whilst giving space for everyone to hold dear to their own faith tradition. 

Those in my cohort include people in similar roles to myself, navigating project and strategy management in a faith-based environment, church leaders, chaplains, CEOs, leaders of faith-based charities, and those with national remits within their denomination. 

I would encourage anyone who wants to be challenged about what it means to be a faith leader today with all its complexities, commitments, and joy, to consider if a course like this is right for them. 

I’d be really happy to chat through my experiences of this, including practicalities and funding, if anyone is interested in finding out more.

You can contact Kerry by email: kerry.roughton@carlislediocese.org.uk

There is a short promotional video about the course here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRi11RgpSuY

More course information: https://www.freechurches.org.uk/news/2021/2/2/mpa-faith-based-leadership-course-university-of-birmingham
August 2nd
God for All

‘In one of the most astonishing statements in scripture, Jesus tells his disciples that “even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). For any person raised in a world where self-preoccupation and self-importance are so common and expected, it is jaw-dropping to learn that God enters into our world as a human being, to serve us and not to be served. The example that Jesus demonstrates to us helps us to understand the fundamental difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world. How fortunate we have been for 70 years to have a Monarch who understands service. She is a rare gift to our nation. But how much more thrilling to know that the Creator of heaven and earth is a God who seeks to love and serve us as his sons and daughters, and to offer us life to the fullest. As Psalm 23 reminds us, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing”’ - Major David Taylor, Salvation Army Divisional Commander, writing for the current edition of The Way.

You can read all of our ecumenical leaders’ reflections on the theme of a ‘Servant Heart’ on page 2 of The Way -

godforall.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/The-Way_Summer-2022.pdf
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‘In one of the most astonishing statements in scripture, Jesus tells his disciples that “even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). For any person raised in a world where self-preoccupation and self-importance are so common and expected, it is jaw-dropping to learn that God enters into our world as a human being, to serve us and not to be served. The example that Jesus demonstrates to us helps us to understand the fundamental difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world. How fortunate we have been for 70 years to have a Monarch who understands service. She is a rare gift to our nation. But how much more thrilling to know that the Creator of heaven and earth is a God who seeks to love and serve us as his sons and daughters, and to offer us life to the fullest. As Psalm 23 reminds us, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing”’ - Major David Taylor, Salvation Army Divisional Commander, writing for the current edition of The Way. 

You can read all of our ecumenical leaders’ reflections on the theme of a ‘Servant Heart’ on page 2 of The Way -

https://godforall.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/The-Way_Summer-2022.pdf
July 31st
God for All

‘I had a friend who was passionate about running but who was told by her church that she shouldn’t get involved with events because they all took place on Sundays,’ the Rev Nicky Smith recalls. ‘They said it was her duty as a Christian to be in church instead, but she felt a real dissatisfaction. For her, running was a form of worship. So, I worked with her on a course I was leading and she realised that her desire was God-given and she could use that to build the Kingdom. From that she pioneered and planned a running group which is loosely faith-based but revolves around themes of health and well-being. That’s grown tremendously. From discovering her own identity, she has developed this wonderful new form of ministry. That’s exactly the kind of thing I want to see happen through our new course.’

Nicky, who is Director of Ministry Development for the Diocese of Carlisle, is talking about the Discipleship Project, a new initiative which is set to help encourage those people who want to explore what ministry they may be being called to, in or outside of a church context. The ecumenical course will begin in September, with six core sessions to be run over a year from the Diocese of Carlisle’s Church House offices in Penrith and other supplementary modules to be run across the county.

Participants will be encouraged to gain confidence in their personal ministry giftings, grow as disciples, explore new ways of being church and open up new ministry possibilities. Nicky adds: “The course has been very much developed around the sense of vocation, regardless of what context people may find themselves in. Perhaps you work full-time or part-time, perhaps you are retired or supporting your young family.

This course offers something for everyone.

Find out more here:
godforall.org.uk/the-discipleship-project/
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‘I had a friend who was passionate about running but who was told by her church that she shouldn’t get involved with events because they all took place on Sundays,’ the Rev Nicky Smith recalls. ‘They said it was her duty as a Christian to be in church instead, but she felt a real dissatisfaction. For her, running was a form of worship. So, I worked with her on a course I was leading and she realised that her desire was God-given and she could use that to build the Kingdom. From that she pioneered and planned a running group which is loosely faith-based but revolves around themes of health and well-being. That’s grown tremendously. From discovering her own identity, she has developed this wonderful new form of ministry. That’s exactly the kind of thing I want to see happen through our new course.’

 Nicky, who is Director of Ministry Development for the Diocese of Carlisle, is talking about the Discipleship Project, a new initiative which is set to help encourage those people who want to explore what ministry they may be being called to, in or outside of a church context. The ecumenical course will begin in September, with six core sessions to be run over a year from the Diocese of Carlisle’s Church House offices in Penrith and other supplementary modules to be run across the county. 

Participants will be encouraged to gain confidence in their personal ministry giftings, grow as disciples, explore new ways of being church and open up new ministry possibilities. Nicky adds: “The course has been very much developed around the sense of vocation, regardless of what context people may find themselves in. Perhaps you work full-time or part-time, perhaps you are retired or supporting your young family. 

This course offers something for everyone.

Find out more here:
https://godforall.org.uk/the-discipleship-project/

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