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Responding to Growth Network

Our “Responding to Growth” network of planners, developers, church leaders and those involved in the construction industry meets three times a year on Zoom to discuss the latest policies and research in new housing and to apply that knowledge in their work.

Visit the dedicated page of our website for more information.

Resources for welcoming people to new housing developments

The ministry of welcome is at the heart of the Gospel: it is what Jesus does and teaches us to do. We need to be especially aware of this truth when new people move into the community. They come excited about a new house and new opportunities, but perhaps also nervous and apprehensive about finding their place in a new setting.

That’s why the LIFE priority group working on the priority ‘Engagement: connecting with new housing developments in innovative ways’ has prepared a pack that parishes can use to welcome people to new housing developments in their area. This is free for parishes to order, and can be adapted for your local circumstances.

If you would like to use this pack, please place an order for your blank over-printable sheets, folders and stickers from Katherine Clamp – or 01452 835591. Please can you include the name of the housing development or your parish (whichever you would prefer) so that we can send you personalised stickers for the front of the folders?

A full guide to using the pack, as well as the templates for your text can be found below. Each pack includes a cover folder, stickers with the development’s name and over-printable A5 card in the designs below.

Introduction from Bishop of Tewkesbury

How to use this pack

Page templates

Welcome template

Make friends template

Pop to the shops template

Social calendar template

Your church template

Service times template

Extension sheets can also be ordered – they are suitable to be used for any of the sections.

Extension sheet template

If you would like a further conversation about how best to engage with new housing developments, please contact Mission and Evangelism officer, the Revd Cate Williams in the Diocesan offices by .


More ideas

This short leaflet offers further ideas about engaging with new housing developments:

Small areas of new housing leaflet

Here is a story from Kemble that shares experience of welcoming people to areas of New Housing

New housing story from Kemble

Churches Together in England have a resource hub for those working in areas of New Housing

CTE resource hub

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