CRE News - Spring 2021

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Celebrating second choices


ittle did John Lennon know how prophetic the words of his song were to become.

‘Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans,’ he sang to his five-year-old son Sean in Beautiful Boy – just weeks before the tragic events outside the Dakota Apartments in New York in December 1980. Over the past 12 months some of us have sadly lost loved ones before their time to Covid-19. All of us have had to embrace unexpected disruption and uncertainty in endless restrictions and lockdowns. It’s the central and timely theme of a new book by Jeff Lucas (pictured), a much-loved Bible teacher, author and longstanding contributor to CRE over the years. Singing in Babylon (David C Cook) is subtitled ‘finding purpose in life’s second choices.’ With CRE South West moved, for a second time, to Feb 23/24 2022, we are right on board with the message! Jeff will introduce us to the theme of the book and the biblical story of Daniel and friends, deported and forced into a form of lockdown, when he opens CRE National (12-14 Oct 2021). ‘There are so many lessons we can learn from their experiences,’ says Jeff. ‘In fact, much of the Bible is written from lockdown, whether it’s Daniel and his friends, Joseph, Esther or the apostle Paul. And, through these periods, their stories show us how to thrive rather than just survive.’ You can view a short video from Jeff at Unable to see you in person, we have sent you this free resources guide offering a list of the organisations you will meet at the next CRE National or CRE South West, or both. You will also find a collection of news stories, features and links to a range of helpful online seminars from our valued exhibitors. Be sure to make contact with them – and tell the organisation’s representatives where you read about their product or service! The biblical story of Daniel also shows us how, although at times isolated and often in exile, he felt incredibly close to his community. In these difficult times we have been very conscious of our own community of faith, and that many of you have prayed for our small but very determined team over the past 12 months. Please continue – until we meet in person again! Wishing you every blessing,

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Lockdown grind for coffee producers THE PANDEMIC HAS affected billions across the globe – not least the farmers and communities in coffee and tea-growing regions. ‘Fairtrade have been working hard to support producers, farmers and their families,’ said Kingdom Coffee’s Darren Rayner. ‘And during lockdown we’ve found a way to deliver Fairtrade coffee and tea to the home market, so you can enjoy a lovely cup of Clipper tea or Fairtrade coffee while you join your congregation online.’

Kingdom Coffee was founded in 1998 to promote Fairtrade and fairness. More than 20 years on, the company continues to deliver products that are Fairtrade, ethical, sustainable, high quality and yet affordable. ‘Our new range of coffee equipment from brand leading names like Bodum, Hario and Pezzetti will help you produce an excellent cup of filter coffee at home,’ said Darren. ‘We’ve also introduced 500g bags of two of our popular beans - Fairtrade Blue Mountain and Ire Mocha Italia

for those that like to grind their own coffee beans!’ For discerning tea drinkers, Clipper were recently praised for their sterling work in offering plastic (polypropylene) free recyclable and biodegradable teabags and string and tagged enveloped teas. Clipper are one of the very few tea companies not to bleach their teabags – so you just get great tasting Fairtrade and organic teas – with no added nasties! More:

A grand result (x100) NO WONDER LES Howard (pictured) is looking chuffed – he and his team at VAT Advice had just won a battle for Immanuel Church, Bournemouth that saved the fellowship a staggering £100,000 in unnecessary tax. ‘We are pleased to say we have saved and protected many millions of pounds over the


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years, including Immanuel where we successfully argued a case at the tax tribunal,’ said regular CRE exhibitor Les. ‘Whilst we try to minimise VAT costs of any project, we do not become involved in dubious tax avoidance schemes. We can provide written guidance for your leadership team

or trustees. This gives certainty as the church will invariably need to raise funds. ‘Coffee shops, food banks, debt advice, counselling, mental health and furniture stores are increasingly found on church premises. These can have VAT implications, so ask at an early stage.’ More:

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Finding hope in digital media

AN ANIMATED VERSION of two popular online resources have registered more than 885,000 views on YouTube and Facebook – and been shared more than 15,000 times. ‘We wanted to find new ways to let the Bible speak into the confusion and pain of the past 12 months,’ said Jarek Jankowski, Lifewords’ Bible Resources Director. ‘So, we created an animated version of our popular pastoral booklet, Finding Hope, and evangelistic resource An Invitation. In just four months, these simple animations have proved incredibly popular.’ Through the Bible’s own words, the animations encourage people to seek God, and find comfort. ‘Addressing mental wellbeing is so vital and Finding Hope helps by creating space for people to face their pain,’ said Lifewords’ Elizabeth King. ‘The pandemic has hugely

impacted how we worship and witness. Churches have reluctantly closed, whilst still doing their utmost to maintain a sense of worship and community. Many have looked online to find a new space to be church – and new ways to share the Bible via digital media. While we are unable to relate physically, digital media is helping to bridge the gap with the Bible.’ The Church is not always an early adopter of new technology, but innovation linked to passion for God’s Word is timeless. In 1888, the printer, William Walters masterminded gospels with full-colour illustrations of life in the Bible lands – helping people relate to the stories it told. ‘Walters looked beyond the printed page, and so birthed Scripture Gift Mission - or Lifewords as it is today,’ explained Elizabeth King. ‘In 2021, that innovation still

burns. Digital media will be increasingly vital as we share the story in these days – mindful that that church is more than bricks and mortar, and the Bible is more than words. ‘Visit lifewords to view Lifewords’ range of digital resources available free for churches to share. To support our global work, see www.lifewords. global.’


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LOVE THEM OR (more likely) loathe them, rotas are a vital part of church life – and now there’s a solution to help make them hassle free. Cambron Software’s plan2gether is a brand-new product from the creators of Power Music. ‘There are some very powerful (and complicated) church management systems out there but we wanted to create something that did one thing well – make life easier

for the people who organise church rotas,’ explained Cambron’s Colin Cameron. ‘It had to be accessible from anywhere and easy to make changes and send reminders to people.’ With plan2gether all the rotas are in one place – worship band, security, welcoming, coffee morning, creche, AV, flowers and cleaning. ‘It will manage your rota and most importantly, automatically notify people by

email or SMS text when they are on duty,’ said Gordon. ‘Users can make themselves unavailable and edit their rota duties to swap with others. Currently, many churches are not running services as usual but as we move to a more normal situation, now is the time to start organising your church volunteers using our new solution.’ The first rota is available free. More:

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chemicals and very little water. It is 100 per cent biodegradable, absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than cotton or timber and releases more oxygen into the environment. Unlike polyester and nylon synthetic fabrics bamboo breathes and has a unique softness which makes for great wearing.’ More:


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Itching to be switching

IT IS STILL complicated for churches to change energy suppliers and save money – so it makes sense to use the services of someone who can look after the complicated paperwork. Andrew Silley is an awardwinning energy broker. For more than 10 years he has been on a mission to bring Christian values to a market more complex than you might imagine with trust,

transparency, integrity, honesty and understanding watchwords of his service. A popular exhibitor at CRE, the former church warden has built up a wealth of knowledge about the various energy companies and how to switch from one to another. ‘Householders can change quite easily now,’ he said, ‘but it is more complicated for churches. Church volunteers often have

other jobs and do not have enough time to understand the problems of switching accounts and take the easy way out, leaving things as they are. But with my experience I can make the switch easier, look after the complicated paperwork, and save them money in the process. It also leaves them more time to attend to Kingdom matters.’ More:

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The unit has a clip frame in which to insert an A4 printed notice. ‘Given the current situation and ongoing importance of hygiene, the unit is designed with practicality and durability in mind,’ said Paul Fuller, the company’s founder and managing director. ‘It can be moved easily and placed appropriately for use on entering the building and

approaching the servery or dining area.’ Delighted with the design, the church ordered four free-standing hand sanitiser stations and 10 wall-mounted versions. The freestanding station costs £120 (+ VAT & delivery) with the wall-mounted option £70 (+ VAT & delivery). More: fullersfiner



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BLESSING KEY WORKERS beyond a clap offering – that’s the thinking behind an initiative from a Christian community in Devon. Lee Abbey has welcomed guests for more than 74 years – to join in inspiring worship, prayer and teaching. ‘Whether it’s as part of an individually-guided retreat, a “walk and talk” or a familythemed break, the lives of guests and community have been transformed as they encounter God,’ explained

Lee Abbey’s Grant Forrest. The challenge of offering the ministry of hospitality with a smaller community needed some creative thinking, which led the community into identifying a unique opportunity to bless key workers. ‘Their contribution to the wellbeing of the country has been hugely significant,’ explained Grant. ‘We have made available two additional self-catering properties on our estate, specifically for

them, at just £60 per night. We go forward in faith, believing others will want to be part of this initiative, too.’ Lee Abbey’s bursary fund makes this possible. ‘We’ve extended the offer into 2021 due to the high demand and we’re looking for supporters to help us raise the £23,640 needed,’ said Grant. ‘We would welcome your help as we bless a key worker.’ More:

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What is God doing in prison?

THE PANDEMIC HAS knocked the circulation of Good News evangelistic newspaper over the past year – but one area has seen significant growth: prisons. Whilst the restrictions have hampered the ability of churches, missions and individuals to use Good News in their activities, the need for people to find Christ is as great as ever. And the nation’s prison population is no exception. Supported by free-

will gifts, Good News sends free copies to Christian prison chaplains, secure training centres and half-way houses. During the recent lockdown, new prisons have requested copies and several have asked for increases. We are now supplying over 80 institutions – more than half the prisons in the country. ‘A chaplain in Scotland requested more papers for one prison and some for another small prison where all

the female inmates wanted their own copy!’ said Good News editor Andrew Halloway. ‘We were thrilled to send them. Another women’s prison in south England requested additional papers to help inmates witness to their friends! God is changing lives “inside.” The paper is an excellent way of opening up a spiritual conversation and can be used in so many different ways.’ More:

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LOCKDOWN HAS been especially tough for older people caring at home for a family member with dementia. Living in isolation, with a perceived risk of death, missing the visits and support of others is leading to a surge in poor mental health, say experts. Caregivers’ biggest ‘miss’ are often visitors from church who, as well as friendship and practical help, bring spiritual support – something that’s essential for Christians coping with dementia. ‘Before lockdown many

requested our talks and training as well as obtaining resources available from our website,’ said Pilgrims’ Friends Society’s Louise Morse, a cognitive behavioural therapist. ‘Particularly in demand is our Dementia Information Pack, which has 20 separate inserts on different aspects of dementia.’ Written in a Christian context, the pack includes topics such as recognising the symptoms of dementia, coping with the diagnosis, planning life afterwards, understanding ‘challenging’ behaviour,

effective communicating and a guide to ‘successful’ visiting. It was written and updated recently by Louise, an author of several books on dementia. Her Masters’ degree examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia. ‘Feedback has been positive from both family caregivers and churches,’ she said. ‘As well as the emphasis on spiritual support they have appreciated the clear, easy-tofind information it contains.’ More:

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of our services,’ said Craig Walsh, one of the church leaders. ‘People from other parts of the world were also watching – some from areas where we have been involved with missions and where they And churches that had a couple of dozen were able to join our worship.’ people in the pews on Sunday morning Becoming broadcasters overnight has not suddenly discovered they had a fresh been without its difficulties but a number ‘congregation’ – some local and others of CRE exhibitors have been among the joining them from around the world. first to respond to the need for expert advice on streaming and many will exhibit Mount Zion Church, Cliviger, a small again at CRE National (12-14 Oct 2021) and Lancashire church which would normally CRE South-West (23-24 Feb 2022). hold just under 100 is regularly getting five Dan Herbert, technical director of times that when the service is shown live Distributed Sound & Video (DSAV), points on its website. out how churches are now adopting ‘It was quite staggering to realise just how streaming solutions where they had no many people wanted to watch at least part plans to introduce such technology prior ith Covid-19 disrupting Christian ministry, the Internet provided a way forward – bringing the message into thousands of homes.


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to the pandemic. ‘Whilst a few had seen live streaming as an important part of their wider mission, aims and outreach, with the sudden requirement to close buildings, the adoption of either streaming or prerecording services happened virtually overnight,’ he said. ‘Their thoughts are now turning to the way in which technology can be adopted on a more permanent basis to create a “hybrid” church service – with a focus on ease of use.’ Novum AV have helped dozens of churches put their Sunday services on the web, including Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, where services were broadcast live on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Canon Chancellor Dr Jan van der Lely, said: ‘This is an exciting development which will extend our ministry beyond our usual congregations, and benefit those who would love to be present but are unable or who are wisely avoiding mixing with others at this time.’ Novum MD Tim Jacques said: ‘We have helped churches get into a position to stream their services and many were grateful because they realised they could continue after lockdown. Live streaming is very much an opportunity to communicate the gospel of hope, truth and love. Although the temptation may be to simply replicate Sunday services, with so much online content available at our fingertips, we’d strongly encourage churches to make their content as engaging as possible. The missional possibilities are endless.’ Andy Pidsley, managing director of APi Sound and Visual, said: ‘Nowadays there sponsored by

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Matt Sales, project manager at CRE exhibitor B+H Sound, believes that’s the first question to ask. ‘Is it so the existing congregation can watch and engage with the service?’ he said. ‘Or is it to open a new digital front door?’ Online church can be a great way for friends and family to try church for the first time but if that is the purpose behind streaming services, a number of things have to be carefully considered.

Other key things to consider include: • Internet connectivity – Ideally, there should be a cabled-dedicated connection • Cameras – You can start with one but you’ll probably want more to grow the shots and add interest to the stream • Platforms – Where are you going to stream to? Options include YouTube, Facebook, Church Online, Zoom • Worship and music – How do you make it sound great? What about copyright?

‘How long will the service be?’ said Matt. ‘And how will the content relate • Sound - Do you need dedicated to someone sitting on a sofa at home? Is microphones? it engaging enough for them not to get distracted, lose interest and go and make • Lighting – It’s all about making it look a cup of tea?’ great on camera.

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ake these 20 tips on board and see the professional, high-production approach impact of your live stream on the or a casual, homely feel. watching audience 6. Adding ‘room mics’ to your post-fader audio mix to help your viewers feel part 1. Test your stream before going live to of the experience. identify problems such as an 7. Online forms are a great way to capture unplugged mic. information from 2. Streaming with viewers and connect a smartphone with them, long term. is a great place 8. Playing preto start. As you recorded music, such start to build as Apple Music or momentum, add Spotify, will get flagged better sound, immediately and could lighting and cause your stream to be cameras. shut down. 3. If you have a 9. Good lighting goes chat section, appoint someone to greet a long way to give a great look. people and answer questions. 10. Engage with your audience! Ask 4. Don’t try to be a megachurch! Stream questions, take polls and encourage a true representation of your church. prayer requests. 5. Decide whether you are aiming for a 11. Keep your stage, studio or recording

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area clean. Viewers get easily distracted by small details around you. 12. Utilising multiple camera angles makes a small stage or studio feel larger and more interesting, particularly during a music moment. 13. Pull up your stream on a consumerlevel device to ensure it is working well for online viewers. 14. Start a few minutes early to allow people to log on and chat together. Show pre-service slides with announcements or a countdown. 15. Talk specifically to your online audience. Let them know that you see them tuned in and what you’re saying is for them, too. 16. Show lower-third titles for your audience to follow along when singing songs, reading scriptures or preaching key points.

17. It’s a good idea to tell people where you are broadcasting from and ask viewers where they’re watching from. 18. Not every element needs to be live. Pre-recording worship or other elements can reduce stress. 19. Your camera(s) needs to be close enough to the action for the viewer to feel he is having a conversation with the speaker. 20. Your church may be limited to a onehour service each week, but these limits don’t exist online. Stream the same recording multiple times on Sunday and make it available to watch throughout the week. You are invited to find out more about streaming by talking to exhibitors at CRE National (12-14 Oct 2021) and CRE SouthWest (23-24 Feb 2022). more:




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t Mary’s Andover started broadcasting a morning service as soon as the first Covid-19 lockdown began in March 2020.

than 1000 views which is many more than we would have seen in-person on a Sunday.’ When churches were permitted to meet in person again, the decision was It was a very steep learning curve taken to continue broadcasting this initially, with the services following an informal style of service, in addition to informal ‘One Show’ style presentation. regular in-person services. This enabled Vicar, Chris Bradish and the church to continue his wife Nai fronted the meeting the needs of online programme, introducing subscribers and extend worship, interviews, prayers outreach beyond the church and sermons in a one-hour walls. broadcast on YouTube. For ‘The challenge of going the first few weeks it was online so quickly stretched all pre-recorded, but the us technically, but we format then changed to a quickly realised the benefits live broadcast with some pre-recorded of being able to communicate this way, elements (worship, prayers and not only as a tool to serve our regular interviews). congregation, but as a means to reach ‘We quickly discovered the programmes new people,’ said Chris. ‘There’s no were being viewed by people from a going back now!’ much wider geographical area than we would normally attract, including many □ For more about St Mary’s - Andover and to view their broadcasts go to who would not attend church,’ said Chris. ‘Some services received more sponsored by


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ow should churches approach fundraising in 2021? David Saint, chairman of CRE exhibitor Action Planning offers the following 10-point plan

1. Don’t panic! A calm, trusting approach is biblical and practical. 2. Adopt a two-tier approach. Tier 1 is what you will do for (say) the next six months. Tier 2 is your longer-term strategy – ideally with a three to five-year horizon (see step 8 below). 3. Be positive! Whilst many people have been desperately badly hit over the past 12 months, others are better off. This particularly applies to pensioners, whose income has been constant whilst their expenditure may well have fallen. 4. Ride the wave. One of the positive benefits of the pandemic has been an upsurge in community spirit. Churches can provide channels for that generosity. 5. Listen to your donors. Too often charity communications are just another request for support. Find ways of engaging with your supporters and find how they would like to engage with you as lockdown eases. Good relationships are fundamental to fundraising success. 6. Consider the post-pandemic torrent! After lockdown there is going to be a stream of invitations for fundraising events. Should your organisation position


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itself ahead of everyone else, alongside them or following along in the wake, once everything has calmed down? Think through which answer best suits your supporters. 7. People are your key fundraising resource. What physical, mental and spiritual needs do your supporters (paid or volunteer) have? Even though they are often superpositive and optimistic, they have the same underlying needs as everyone else. As things ease there will be a mad scramble for fundraising talent. Make sure you don’t get left behind! 8. Build back slowly but surely. Once you have dealt with the short term, develop a longer-term strategy – ideally, three to five years. Experiment, innovate and learn. Don’t go back to the old ways just because you can. 9. Stand out from crowd. Be authentic and creative - without trying to be too clever. Don’t ‘cry wolf’ but also don’t shy away from telling it like it is. Use multiple channels – mail, telephone, email and social media – chosen to match supporters’ preferences, not yours. 10. Step forward St Ignatius! ‘Pray as if everything depended on God. And work as if everything depended on you.’ Follow that, and you won’t go far wrong.

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admits that during lockdown even he managed to fall foul of a scam.

‘I spend my days talking about cyber security with Lancashire Constabulary and yet I fell ‘How to keep your church and for it,’ he says. Fortunately, your own computer equipment it didn’t prove to be a major safe and secure’ is the title of problem but could so easily the seminar, freely available have been. on CRE TV.

from an unfamiliar trader it is worth checking whether they have a postal address – a lot do not. And be careful about the ads which pop up on your website. If the price looks too low, it probably is.’

He also advises being strict about protection-giving advice on how to create and recall passwords – With thousands of churches he has about 250 harnessing new technology, online – and ensuring the With scams computer’s security and deceptive security is now a key issue system is set to the messages hitting our computers daily, Dave, ‘Phishing, phone calls, security maximum. a member of the CRE team, messages on screen, banks believes the best way to avoid telling your security has lapsed It is not always necessary to pay a lot, or even anything, being a victim is to simply go or needs confirmation,’ he for security weapons which ‘boy scout’ – be prepared. says. ‘These come regularly can keep your computer, or but no essential service will that of the church, secure. ‘Think about what could call you out of the blue. If His other keywords are happen to you and make they do, they will be able to back up – with advice on arrangements to minimise prove who they are. the risk,’ he suggests. ‘Refuse to get involved – even how to regularly back up ‘Unfortunately, the greatest if it is a phone call - and never the computer in case some disaster makes it necessary to weakness in your security is click on a link. You can never you. You are the weak link! be harmed by doing nothing.’ restore everything. And if you are one of the people who uses the church’s computer system you can put that at risk, too.’ Dave, who edited one of the earlier computing magazines and is a cyber volunteer for Lancashire Constabulary,

A series of video clips highlight some of the ways you can learn to be suspicious of scams and their attempts to lull you into giving away vital details, particularly when shopping online. Dave warns: ‘If you are buying

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