Rallying cry issued to Sunderland community groups

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AN event in the North East today aims to act as a rallying cry for people running community events.

Organised by the Faith in our Community (FIC) Partnership Steering Group and backed by the Church of England Diocese of Durham, it will run at Hetton & Eppleton Community Hall, Office Place, Hetton, between 10am and 1pm.

The Archdeacon of Sunderland, the Venerable Stuart Bain, said: “This will be an occasion to affirm, support and encourage one another as we step out in faith, seeking to transform our communities.

“The event is designed to allow people to meet those from other FIC projects to share visions, hopes and plans.

“Past experience of FIC learning events is that those who come are enthused and energised, receiving affirmation and encouragement.

“They really enjoy and benefit from meeting and sharing experiences with people from churches in other parts of the North East who are engaged in activities to transform their communities.”

The keynote speaker is Professor Hilary Russell, whose report Resourcing Christian Community Action: parishes and partnerships, was launched at the CofE Synod.