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Community engagement

Bespoke support to help churches bring people together and work to improve things in their neighbourhoods

We want our communities to flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness. But, of course, every community is different, so Together in Sussex believes in bringing people together, and helping them work together to improve things in their own neighbourhoods.

We help communities decide what they want to do, and then we draw on the contacts and knowledge to create individual projects that will bring about positive change.

One of the ways Together in Sussex can help churches as they seek to connect more effectively with their parish is a bespoke structured process called Know Your Church, Know Your Neighbourhood (KYCKYN).

KYCKYN is a facilitated process designed to help churches think about themselves in relation to the wider community they seek to serve, and make prayerful and informed decisions about their mission in their local community.

The process gives the church the tools to reflect on how their church is seen by others, to listen to the wider community, celebrate its strengths and have a deeper understanding of its needs. The church is then able to make prayerful and intentional decisions about how it wants to respond.

It can be tailored but it usually consists of four or five sessions of two hours over a six-month period, and has some tasks for the group to do in between. The process usually includes the following core areas:

  • Vision
  • Developing a big picture vision of what a flourishing neighbourhood might look like and how God might be seen in it.
  • Understanding the church
  • Collecting church information, thinking about what the church looks and feels like to others, and looking at how the church currently connects with the wider community.
  • Learning about the local neighbourhood
  • Looking at what statistics say about the neighbourhood, and listening to local people and organisations about what they see as the key issues in the area.
  • Considering how the church can respond
  • Prayerfully reflecting on the findings, and developing an action plan that includes the local issues to explore further and the local organisations with which to develop stronger relationships.

If you think that KYCKYN might be suitable for your church, or if you'd like more information, please contact us: diane.watts@chichester.anglican.org