Equipping churches to offer safe spaces and promote positive mental and emotional wellbeing
The Diocese of London Lent Appeal for 2022 focusses on raising awareness around issues of mental health & wellbeing for adults and young people, along with domestic abuse.
Hosted by the Compassionate Communities, 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 doing three things:
raising awareness of the issues of mental health and isolation in our communities and how churches are serving
raising money to support three partner charities supporting churches to respond
- offering training and consultancy through the funds raised for our partner charities, to Diocese of London churches who would like to be better resourced and equipped
“Carry each other’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
You can give to the Lent Appeal in one of two ways.
Either way,if you are giving on behalf of yourchurch, please let us know your Church name and postcode; that way we can thank you formally when the Lent Appeal concludes and helps us know which parishes across the Diocese are involved.
You can give either :
1) Through Just Giving
You will need a credit or debit card, but the Gift Aid is automatically claimed back for us at no extra cost to us Please put Church Name AND postcode when you are asked for “Name”
2) Through a bank transfer to the Diocese of London, details below.
Please use reference: LENT2022+Parish Code (4 digits) if possible
- Branch: Barclays Knightsbridge Business
- Sort Code: 20-06-05
- Account Number: 0010 7123
- Account Name: London Diocesan Fund
- Reference to use: Lent 2022 + Parish Code
Our Partner Charites
Our three chosen partner charities for this Lent Appeal are:
Renew Wellbeing – helping churches create safe spaces where it’s ok not to be ok
Restored – equipping the Church to end domestic abuse and create a safe place for survivors of abuse
Youthscape: Be Headstrong – supporting young people and those who come alongside them in their social, emotional and spiritual development
As well as these three charities, we’ll be promoting and sharing a wide range of resources, ideas and partner organisations that you can use in your church around mental health, isolation and domestic abuse.
Over Lent 2022, we published twice weekly blogs to raise awareness and inspire churches around Mental Health and Isolation.
We told stories from local churches across the Diocese of what they are doing to tackle issues of mental health and isolation. We hosted guest blogs from a range of brilliant partner charities helping churches to reduce isolation and tackle mental health challenges in their communities.
You can find all these blogs and videos collected HERE
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, please ensure that you enter the name, address and postcode of the church as the contact details on the Just Giving page so that we can communicate our thanks to the church after the appeal!
We would love to invite you to pray with us too.
We have produced a weekly prayer diary that you can download here and pray through Lent.
TAKE PRACTICAL ACTION
Our partner charities have kindly offered FREE support for churches in the Diocese of London if they would like to take action, either:
- Becoming a ‘Beacon Church’ with Restored to ensure you are able to welcome survivors of abuse
- Setting up a Renew Wellbeing Space in Church
- Training for youth workers, volunteers, parents, carers and leaders in churches about supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing from YouthScape
If that sounds like you, please register your interest on the form below and we’ll be in touch after Easter with next steps.
We’re offering a “Resource Hub” page for churches about all the support that is available, good examples of what other churches are doing, and organisations that you can partner with.
As well as welcoming Right Revd Sarah Mulally, Bishop of London and Right Revd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington to launch the appeal, we heard from this year’s Lent Appeal partner charities:
- Ruth Rice from Renew Wellbeing
- Bekah Legg from Restored,
- Dr. Kate Middleton about Youthscape’s new Headstrong programme
You can find their powerpoints to download below.
We were also grateful to other brilliant charities supporting churches and schools attending:
- Kintsugi Hope
- Parish Nursing
- Anna Chaplaincy
- Linking Lives
- Embracing Age
- Sanctuary Mental Health
- Mind and Soul Foundation
- HOPE Together
You can find more information about each of these in our Resource Hub page (coming soon)