SA-CNI Month of Prayer underway...
Launched on the day of the National Day of Prayer event at Wembley Stadium - Saturday 29th September - Street Angels - CNI Network is calling people to a month of prayer for work within the night-time economy.
The month is to encourage people to pray for the work of Local Projects in over 100 communities across the UK, Europe and Australia and for initiatives such as Love Your Streets and #Do1NiceThing which are part of our legacy of the Wembley day and part of the Neighbourhood Prayer Network.
Prayer pointers will be added to our Facebook and Twitter pages (#CNIPrayer) with a more general prayer guide included on our web site.
Paul Blakey MBE, founder of Street Angels - CNI Network, said of the month, "Following on from the fantastic day at Wembley, when tens of thousands of people will gather specifically to pray for our nation, we want to encourage people to pray for the communities where our local projects are making a massive difference. We also encourage prayer for new opportunities to open up, for a greater reduction in crime, for those we partner with and those who volunteer."
Bishop of Pontefract and Patron of SA-CNI, Rt. Revd. Tony Robinson, comments, "Please do support the very important work being done on our streets each week by the teams of volunteers associated with the Christian Nightlife Initiatives. There work is a great example of Christian witness and service."
Street Angels - CNI Network is an umbrella organisation supporting and resourcing over 100 local projects working within the night-time economy. More information is at www.cninetwork.org.uk
It was fantastic to meet and hear of people from local projects across the UK at the National Day of Prayer and Worship at Wembley Stadium on 29th September. The day was attended by around 40,000 people and featured prayer and worship as well as videos and presentations.
Prayers were led for our nation and specific areas such as the Royal Family, Government, children, young people, the Police, local councils, etc. Paul Blakey, who attended the day and endorsed the event on behalf of SA-CNI, commented, "What an amazing day of coming together from across the UK for the sake of our nation. To stand with 40,000 others and to commit to prayer and action is a moment I will never forget. Local projects such as Street Chaplains and Youth Angels demonstrate what can be done when we work together and pray together - communities can be transformed! 'God's Kingdom come, God's will be done, on earth as in heaven' will be more of a reality for people and communities as a result of this day!"
Street Angels - CNI and Love Your Streets are featured in a book which is part of the legacy of the day, "Neighbours Transform Your Streets" written by Rebekah Brettle. This is an excellent resource and includes lots of ideas to inspire you to help transform your local community - information and ordering details here.
We would like to thank all those involved in making the NDOP happen, especially Jonathan Oloyede who had the vision and worked tirelessly for several years to make the day a reality. More details and pictures here.
From our Blog...
Street Angels praised as anti-social behaviour reduces by 25% in North Yorkshire
Whitehaven launches Haven Saints
Leeds Street Angels became Festival Angels at the Bank Holiday Leeds Festival
Bolton Street Angels celebrate three years
Stockton Town Pastors latest newsletter / Stockton TP celebrate three years
SA-CNI joins Redeeming Our Communities in call to #PrayforPolice / Support for our work from Pastor Jonathan Oloyede (National Day of Prayer)
Report from Healthy Communities 2012 conference
Halifax goes Purple as part of Purple Flag Week
Life2Have become partners with SA-CNI
Our friends at Lincoln Street Pastors have launched a mobile app as a guide to the night-time of Lincoln - visit http://lincoln.streetpastors.mobi/ (on a smartphone only)
Working with the Big Society Award we are writing an article "10 tips for a fun and safe night out" which is to be published as part of Alcohol Awareness Week 19th - 25th November. Please email your tip to Paul - it would be great to include volunteers from different local projects.
After a discussion between some of the Trustees of SA-CNI at the Edinburgh Festival weekend we decided that there was a need to seek God over the vision and future of the work. Working around our five strands we have published a Business and Vision Plan. We were challenged to think big! SA-CNI has been run on a shoe-string (our income for 2011/12 was just over £9000) with Paul's role and some of the monthly expenses supported financially by his wife Jean. Realistically this can't continue long term and so we are seeking funding to match the work currently taking place and allow for the future vision for this ministry. We are also thankful to Lempriere Pringle Trust and Jonathan Ruffer who recently donated £5,000 to SA-CNI. Please pray as this is worked out over the next few weeks and months...
SA-CNI sent out an open letter via Twitter to the Police and Crime Commissioners candidates with Twitter accounts. The letter celebrated the work carried out when communities take responsibility for the wider community through initiatives like Street Angels. Several candidates are planning to visit local projects as part of the election campaign and more have sent in messages of support.
The Love Your Streets strand of SA-CNI is part of the legacy of the Wembley Day of Prayer with a vision, partnering with various others, to see every street in the UK have someone committed to loving people on that street unconditionally. People who have that streets spiritual welfare at heart, regardless of whether they ever respond to any Christian ideas. People who help to build community, who serve the street by whatever creative means available; who care for each person, to be their friend, someone who will look out for them and love the streets they live and work on. This is a concept that is happening in areas across the UK and LYS:Pray aims to bring together different initiatives where Christians are praying for local streets and following up that prayer with practical action and love (it could be through Street Angels, Neighbourhood Watch, rubbish collection, calling in on elderly neighbours...) - more information at www.loveyourstreets.org.uk (and don't forget the #Do1NiceThing campaign!)
Paul is sharing the story of Street Angels at a major conference bringing together people wanting to make a difference within local communities from across the UK. Townstock to be held in Halifax on 5th and 6th November: "Townstock is a two day event for people who want to get on and do something about their towns, and the councils, businesses and associations who help it happen.Townstock’s for Portas Pilots, Town Teams, local government, business leaders, community initiatives and people who want to make a difference. You’ll hear the ideas that are working, share your own experience, meet lots of inspirational people, find out what can be achieved on tiny budgets, and make national connections for your local community." You can find out more and book via the web-site.
Paul is also speaking at the Faith in Health and Healing conference in April 2013.
Each year Calderdale College staff nominate members of the local community for an Inspire Award. The awards are given to members of the local community who through their business or voluntary activities are an inspiration to others. This year’s nominees include Paul Blakey, the founder of SA-CNI, along with Clare O'Connor ITVs Mumpreneur in 2008, winner of the Best Interactive Business Award at the Mumpreneur Conference & Awards 2010 and both Best Franchise and Business Parent of the Year 2010 awards and Chris Green founder of White Ribbon, a group that campaigns against male domestic violence against women.
The SA-CNI photo competition comes to a close this month - see this page for details and get emailing those pictures in!
SA-CNI Diary for October...
Mon 1st Oct - Paul is speaking on Street Angels - CNI and its work to Families and Communities United - Halifax, 2pm
Mon 1st Oct - Paul and Jean attending the HYP (Halifax Youth Project) AGM (HYP is the new name for YACL - find out more here)
Wed 3rd Oct - Paul is to be interviewed by Radio Calderdale (hospital radio)
Sat 6th Oct - Paul and Jean attending the Poverty in Calderdale conference
Sat 6th Oct - Paul and Jean out with Oldham Street Angels
Mon 8th Oct - Paul is speaking to students at Holy Trinity Academy, Halifax
Tue 9th Oct - Paul speaking on the work of SA-CNI at Cleckheaton Ladies Luncheon Club
Wed 10th Oct - Paul is attending the Christian Resource Exhibition, Manchester
Fri 12th Oct - Paul is speaking to students at Holy Trinity Academy, Halifax
Mon 22nd Oct - Paul is attending the Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels meeting
Tue 23rd Oct - Paul at The Cinnamon Network day in London
Thu 25th Oct - Paul and Ellis from Halifax Street Angels filming with Revelation TV
Sun 28th Oct - Paul possibly speaking at a WYEC celebration at St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds
New Years Eve - there is potentially need for volunteers in London and Edinburgh to offer patrols around the large celebrations taking place - email Paul if interested...
New Years Day - Dundee Street Chaplains invite you to a New Years Day Dook in the Tay! Lets make it a big team effort this year. CNI members form England, Wales and Northern Ireland are all welcome to join us... Make it a sponsored event for a local project and SA-CNI. COME ON LETS MAKE A SPLASH. Sign up here...
You can support the work of SA-CNI or local projects in a variety of ways:
Give As You Live - free to you, give as you shop on-line - simply download the app which lets
you know every time you visit a site where the store will make a donation...
Sponsored Challenge - we have signed upto Life Change Challenges as a way for people to
raise money for SA-CNI or local project through a challenge... Kilimanjaro anyone?
Give A Car - donate an old car and raise money for SA-CNI or project
Stop 'n' Go Lock - every purchase of this amazing lock benefits SA-CNI - go have a look!
On-line (you can use this page to offer on-line donations for your local project - those donating simply need to include the project name in the message - this means the donation will be routed correctly)
Text DUCK22 £amount to 70070
You can keep up to date with SA-CNI via: Blog / Facebook / Twitter
(email Paul your news to include)