Cinnamon UK

Over the past few months, churches across the UK have been rallying to support those within their communities impacted by COVID-19. As lockdown eases and the true cost of the pandemic becomes apparent, we believe that God wants the local Church to be at the heart of our nation’s recovery. 

We want to equip every church – from those in tiny rural parishes to those operating in busy inner-city centres – to support their community. Our Cinnamon Training Series is designed especially for church leaders and church activists who are passionate about seeing God’s love transform their communities. 

All modules are delivered online with an experienced trainer. They are completely free of charge and you can attend as many as you’d like. Through the modules, you’ll gain practical support and advice so you can effectively respond to the needs in your community. 

Through each course you will:

  • Gain insight and inspiration from professional trainers who have hands-on experience of church-based community development programmes; 
  • Connect with other church leaders and activists who also have a heart for community development and will share their own insight; 
  • Build confidence and core skills in key areas, so you can implement change and inspire others to join you; 
  • Access a wealth of knowledge and support to help you shape your own response to the needs in your community.

Build a Successful Fundraising Strategy – Thursday 14th January 2021. 9.30am-1.00pm

With Sean Tully and Mark Kitson

Our team have a knack of bringing clarity to the complex and will help you to understand the funding needs of your project in depth. With these foundations in place, they’ll help you develop a fundraising strategy that ensures the long-term success of your project.

At the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Develop a clear and detailed budget for your project
  • Understand the different funding opportunities available
  • Put together a funding pipeline for your initiative
  • Inspire others to support your fundraising efforts

Become a COVID-Secure Church Ready to Serve Your Community – Thursday 18th March 2021. 9.30am-1.00pm

With Mike Royal, Gareth Brown, and Maddy Parkes

We want to empower you to confidently and safely serve your congregation and community through the challenges that lie ahead.  

This course is for church leaders, leaders of community projects and volunteers who want to: 

  • Discern when they should and can meet in person 
  • Learn how to conduct a thorough COVID risk-assessment 
  • Ensure their building and services are COVID safe 
  • Effectively and safely meet the needs of their community 
  • Unpack myths around the COVID vaccines  
  • Confidently answer questions about vaccinations 

Race Diversity 1 and 2 – Thursday 17th Sep 9.30am-3.00pm

With Bishop Mike Royal and Rev David Shosanya

Through this day-long course, Mike and David will help you to objectively assess your own church’s current response to diversity, and develop the tools and strategy to bring positive change.

At the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Understand legislation regarding equality
  • Guide your congregation to address attitudinal change
  • Conduct an audit of your church’s diversity policy
  • Explore ways in which you can engage with diverse communities

Empowering Volunteers Thursday 1st October 9.30am-2.00pm 

With Diane McWilliam 

Diane will help you rethink your volunteer strategy and move toward a model that is less burdensome on leaders. She’ll help you develop the vision and strategy to empower and equip individuals in your church to take a lead on initiatives they are passionate about.  

At the end of the session, you will be able to: 

  • Develop a robust strategy to recruit the right volunteers 
  • Motivate and inspire different volunteers  
  • Manage crises and avoid volunteer burnout  
  • Equip and develop volunteers for long-term growth 

Exploring Missional Listening Thursday 29 October 9.30am-2.00pm 

With Diane McWilliam

Diane will help you change the way you approach community development. Through this module, you’ll be guided through the steps you need to take when planning a new initiative that will make a lasting difference to your community.  

At the end of the session, you will be able to: 

  • Develop techniques to listen better your community, your own church and God 
  • Use a variety of tools to assess the needs in your community 
  • Effectively assess the opportunities and gaps in your church resources 
  • Pause and objectively reflect on your plans, to ensure they are right 

Building Effective Partnerships Thursday 12th November 9.30am-1.00pm 

With Nick Amis 

Nick will help you to identify what’s going on in your community so you can connect with key partners who will help you achieve your goals. You’ll learn the skills to help you network effectively and build relationships that are mutually beneficial.  

At the end of the session, you will be able to: 

  • Build a network of contacts from different sectors of society 
  • Understand which partnerships are beneficial and which are not 
  • Develop a plan to manage partnerships in the long term 
  • Discern when a partnership is not effective  

Effective Leadership – Thursday 26th November 9.30am-1.00pm 

With Bishop Mike Royal and Adam Dyer 

Mike and Adam will help you to approach leadership confidently and positively. Through the morning, they’ll help you assess areas where you are excelling and areas where you feel you’re being held back. You’ll also learn good techniques to inspire others with your vision.  

At the end of the session, you will be able to: 

  • Understand the difference between leadership and management 
  • Assess your priorities and calling, so God can use you most effectively 
  • Explore gaps in your support network, which you can seek to fill  
  • Inspire others with your vision and communicate well 

Monitoring and Evaluation – Thursday 10th December 9.30am-1.00pm 

With Kate Hutton & Diane McWilliam

Kate and Diane will help make monitoring and evaluation of your church’s project easy and accessible for everyone. They will help you develop the tools so you can ensure your project stays on track and that others get involved in the monitoring, so the burden doesn’t just fall on you.  

At the end of the session, you will be able to: 

  • Understand the vision of your project more clearly and how to assess its impact and effectiveness 
  • Develop simple, easy frameworks to get everyone involved in monitoring and evaluation  
  • Have a clear timetable to follow, so you never fall behind  
  • Measure your project’s impact on an ongoing basis, so you can adjust and improve as you go along