How do I become a member?
Any brother or sister can become a member of the CSN by completing a Membership Form. There are over two hundred and seventy five brothers and sisters from over one hundred and twenty ecclesias throughout the UK. Members will have signed the confidentiality statement on the membership form and will be included on our database and/or mailing list . They will receive our news updates and invitations to our various activities.
How do I contact the Christadelphian Support Network for help?
There is a national Helpline at local call rates: 0800 9545 099 which is manned by a rota of skilled brothers and sisters and also a confidential Email account at email@example.com. Although we would like to provide 24/7 coverage, this is not always possible and so messages may be left and will be followed up within a few hours.
Those on the rota who answer the calls are called “First Contacts”. They have access to our database of “Second Contacts” who collectively have a wealth of experience and professional knowledge and skills. With the caller’s consent the first contact will arrange an introduction to a second contact brother or sister who can offer appropriate support.
Contact information for the CSN is published in the ALS Diary and on wallet cards and bookmarks which are freely available to all ecclesias in the UK; just ask if you'd like some for your ecclesia.
How is the Christadelphian Support Network organised?
An executive committee, made up of members selected from the membership and the trustees is responsible for the day to day running of the charity and overseeing the organisation of the services it offers and the events it organises. The Coordinator acts as spokesperson to the membership on behalf of the executive committee.
The trustees are accountable for ensuring best practice in all activities of the charity through ensuring sound governance as per guidance given by the Charity Commission.
All executive committee members and trustees are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the guidance issued by the Charity Commission.
Committee membership is subject to being in ecclesial fellowship.
How do I know the advice given is acceptable?
The CSN offers support. We listen. If counselling is thought to be of help then this is offered. Counselling has been defined as “one person helping another to help themselves”. As far as possible we avoid giving advice.
What other activities does the Christadelphian Support Network organise?
Praise and Fellowship Day: Our annual Praise & Fellowship Day is held in the Autumn. Practical issues involving pastoral care are discussed in the light of scripture with praise and prayer. Invitations are sent to CSN members and all UK ecclesias.
Fellowship Weekends: Residential weekends for quiet fellowship, support and encouragement are arranged in Staffordshire and Somerset. Set in beautiful countryside, these have an atmosphere conducive to worship and relaxation. Their objectives are to help brothers and sisters in reappraisal, learning, spiritual growth, sharing and caring. Contact us if your would like information on future Fellowship Weekends.
Awareness Days: As part of our aim to encourage awareness of matters affecting our brothers and sisters, we arrange a programme of events around the country. These have included:
- Bridging the Gap (different age groups working together)
- Caring for Others
- Child Protection Policy for ecclesias
- Children with Special Needs
- Cyberspace, Friend or Foe (Keeping our children and young people safe in an online world)
- Relationships in the ecclesia
- Managing Conflict
- Managing Personal Finances
- Marriage Enrichment
- Mental Health
- Mentioning the Unmentionable (Physical and sexual abuse, homosexuality and gender issues, drug and alcohol abuse)
- Needs and Concerns of Young People
- Pastoral Helping Skills
- Supporting the Aged
If you would like to host an Awareness Day at your ecclesia, please contact us.
Sisters’ Days: These days are about sisters encouraging sisters on their journey to the Kingdom and by so doing enriching our relationship with the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ and with each other. We pray also, that we might reach out and lead other women seeking God to a greater understanding of His Love and Purpose.
Our Sisters’ Days, therefore, are for all women – sisters, female relatives and friends of any age who are seeking to develop a closer relationship with the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As our concern is with spiritual values and our individual walk with God we prefer to discourage at our meetings any negativity about ecclesias, or the role of sisters.
We pray for our Sisters’ days to promote an atmosphere of mutual understanding, acceptance, empathy and love for one another through an increased awareness of God’s grace, and that our time together will enrich our understanding of the Word of God and its application in our lives to the benefit of ourselves and our brothers and sisters.
For more information on Sisters' Days and their aims Link