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CURBS February 2020 Newsletter
It has been a long time since you have heard from us and some of you must have been thinking that we had completely disappeared! So from all of us here at CURBS we apologise for our silence which was due to the fact that we have been going through a time of change. Sara Barron our project worker, is still very much with us and active, however the lack of funding prevents us to have anyone in place to carry out administration and more importantly keeping in touch with everyone. All tasks to support Sara in her work are being carried out by the trustees currently which has been a challenge both in finding the extra time and also having the gifts necessary to carry the tasks out(!), but hey, here we are and we really want to continue this work. Please remember us in your prayers and a big thank you for your continued support during this season.
So what has been happening in 2019 (In brief!)

Despite being a little depleted we have still been rather busy, so here are the main headlines with what has been going on with us over the last year...


In 2019 Curbs had the opportunity to speak at a Children's Church Educators conference in Berlin. Spreading our wings by looking at where our communities see marginality and how we might interact with children and families in those areas, this was a wonderful and very inspiring experience to learn from and share into.

 

Curbs has grown its partnership with NECN (National Estate Churches Network) and EETG (Estates Evangelism Task Group). Aiding estate churches to think about how they support children and families in their settings. Recently EETG met at Laude Abbey in Leicestershire where we came together to share our news of where and how we are seeing a flourishing community on every estate, there were so many amazing groups looking at how to support, grow and develop good practises for living and working on estates. We were looking at the ways we best serve those places where people feel forgotten, voiceless of marginalised. Curbs is excited to support, remind and encourage churches that children and young people should not be forgotten. The average number of children on a Sunday in CofE churches is 3, with more than 25% having no children. 

These are the next steps that the group's have pledged to aid the flourishing community in every estate. 



BEYOND 2020 5th June, Birmingham - We are working with Frontier Youth Trust and Worth Unlimited to explore different concepts which call us BEYOND the walls of our churches to reach the 95% of children and young people who don't go to church. Do come and join us for this event where we'll have a range of speakers and a chance to discuss and explore new ideas. Click here for more details and to book. 

Our Curbs hubs across the country are still buzzing away. Earlier this month our Isle of White hub met up to chat and support one another. We were able to join them and had a great time hearing what the different hub members do, where the gaps are currently in the children's and young people's work and how through working together across denominations these gaps could be addressed. If you are in the area and would like to be connected up to our Isle of White hub, or any others, then please do get in touch.

We have developed a new one day training course for those working on estates and we have written a new all age advent material, as yet to be published but watch this space.

We value your prayers so much, please pray for.....
  • Positive feedback from dioceses as we offer our new training packages for estates.
  • The children's and families workers around the country whose voluntary roles go seemingly unnoticed. That they would know their tremendous worth through God's presence and acknowledgement of their amazing work.
  • The future of Curbs and its financial provision. 
Through Their Eyes Day in Manchester

Curbs and Living Stones will be holding a day in which we will be re-imagining children and families work.

How you can support Curbs

We are reliant on the kindness of our friends and supporters to keep us going and there are different ways in which you can do this:

The easiest way to financially support us is via Paypal here, where you can give one-off or regular donations to the work of Curbs.

You can also support CURBS simply by going about your regular online shopping via the Give As You Live app - and it won't cost you a penny extra.
Give as you Live donates money to your chosen cause whenever you shop with one of the hundreds of partner stores - everything from supermarkets, to clothing stores, to restaurants. You can also raise money by using Give as you Switch to switch your broadband, utilities or insurance provider. 
It costs nothing to get involved and it costs you nothing to donate, so please sign up today on the link below.

Sign up - Give as you Live
To keep up to date with the latest of what is going on and to get involved, please do follow us on Facebook and Twitter. These are great spaces to discuss with others what is on your heart when it comes to working with children on estates.
Our website is also full of lots of ideas, do check it out if you have not done so.
That's all for now, and we promise it won't be so long next time!

The CURBS Team
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