|Audit of Places of Worship 2017 as at 4.12.17
The Faith Organisations Survey has been taking place since June. Tim Harrold has been commissioned by Transformation Thurrock and Thurrock Council to interview as many local worship centre leaders or representatives as possible in order to confirm addresses and contacts, and to make a comprehensive list of every activity undertaken for and in the community by those faith centres.
The purpose and aims of the Faith Organisations Survey – which is different in substance to the Faith Action Audit of 2014 – are described and explained below.
It’s estimated that there are around 80 Christian fellowships and churches in the Borough of Thurrock. So far, 45 of Christian faith centres have been approached and information gathered. There another 10 or so pending, as at the time of writing, with a number of others still to be contacted. The survey will also necessarily include those of other faiths represented in the borough.
The following 45 fellowships have completed the survey (this list is in alphabetical order). If you can’t see your fellowship here, please get in touch with Tim Harrold on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to arrange a meeting with him.
* ARC = A Radical Church
The above list does not include a number of worship centres of other faiths.
Information about the Faith Organisations Survey
New: How does this differ from the Thurrock Faith Action Audit of 2014?
The purpose of this audit is to highlight those ways in which the faith sector works to break down isolation and loneliness, to build bridges within and across communities, and finally to support people of all groupings and ages. This will aid community cohesion and public access to the many activities that the faith communities offer the borough, e.g., parent & toddler groups, art groups, knit & natter groups and so on.
Since Thurrock Faith Matters was closed down before Christmas 2016, there is a need for a fresh attempt to build links across the faiths and cultures now present in Thurrock, and in doing so create connectivity, conversation and cooperation.
Exhaustive: What’s the aim?
To get this information, we would like to arrange to personally meet with every minster or faith representative in the borough and fill in together the form we have developed for this undertaking.
An exciting aspect of this venture is the anticipation of finding and meeting with groups and their representatives not known about before, thus providing them with a sense of belonging and voice.
Interactive: What happens to this information?
From the Council’s point of view, they will have a comprehensive understanding of who they represent in the faith sector and a clearer idea of what it brings to the borough in terms of volunteering and so on. From Transformation Thurrock’s point of view, not only will we be able to more effectively serve the Christian Faith Community but also establish better relationships with other faiths.