Tag: single

  • Singleness around the world

    The growth of singleness and single living is one of the biggest societal changes over the last few decades. In some countries, such as Japan and Singapore, it is a major cause of concern why young people just seem happier to be on their own. ...

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  • \'I need help as a single carer\'

    Many single people find themselves shouldering the responsibility of caring for parents and older relatives, or looking after seriously ill or disabled children alone. But you and your church can help… How to help single carers in your church By Catherine Francis  &...

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  • \'I\'m ill and on my own\'

    Dealing with sickness can be extremely difficult when you have no partner to help. How can leaders help their single church members? Sick, single and in your church: how leaders can help  By Catherine Francis       ‘Is anyone ...

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  • Articles

    Why do single Christians struggle to fit in at their church? What are the best ways of making the most out of your single years?  The articles included here will attempt to provide the answers. In the first, Katherine Baldwin talks about feeling excluded ...

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  • Inspirational singles

    Jesus is the number one role model for singleness and, throughout history, single people have made a great contribution to society. In this section we feature interviews with our co-founder Jackie Elton, Anglican minister Kate Wharton and Christian Aid regional coordinator David King&...

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  • Articles

    How can church leaders respond to society's changing demographics? Which are the best passages in the Bible for teaching issues around singleness? The selection of articles in this section will help to provide the answers. They include: New Wine 2016 talk to church leaders ...

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  • Sermon ideas

    Many church leaders have told us that they don't always know where to begin in addressing the issues that single people face. This was also borne out in the Christian Research Ltd survey that included the views of 400 church leaders from many different ...

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  • Gender differences in church

    Men's and women's experiences of being single, and their attitudes and views, are often different. However, the ages interact strongly with some differences, and shed light on the kinds of reason that might underlie the gender differences. Men manage being single less well ...

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  • 'I want to find a partner'

    Many single Christians hope to find love with someone who shares their faith. But it’s rare these days for people to meet their future husband or wife in church. Other traditional ways of meeting partners, such as through work, college, family or neighbours ...

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  • \'I feel lonely\'

    According to the Mental Health Foundation, more than a third of people between the ages of 18 and 34 struggle with feelings of isolation. This, in turn, can have a damaging effect on their health, both mentally and physically. With loneliness on the increase, how ...

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  • Thriving as a single person

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  • Single, sick and struggling?

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  • Loneliness: how to help yourself and others

    Although many single Christians are generally happy, there are times when they report feeling lonely. Some feel lonely a lot of the time, others at particular points. They are not alone. According to the Mental Health Foundation, more than a third of people between the ...

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  • There are...

    Other single people in church. This is number one in the top 10 aspects of church life appreciated by single Christians.  The list also includes social events, groups, single leaders as role models and including singleness in prayers and preaching. The aspects are ...

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  • When are churches good places for single Christians?

    According to 18% of respondents who made positive comments, the church is a good place when it doesn't differentiate in any way between people based on their marital status, whether 'single never married', married, divorced or widowed. Single adult Christians are, by and large, ...

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  • Age and single Christians

    Single adult Christians experience major changes at church  at the ages of 30, 45 and 60. After testing different age points, it became statistically clear that these are the change points for single Christians in their expectations and experience of their faith and ...

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  • Gender differences by age

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  • Being Christian while single

    Compared with their non-Christian friends, Christians said that they had a greater purpose and direction in life with increased well-being, greater social support and release from societal pressures. Single adults described the day-to-day positives of being a Christian single person – ...

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  • Church acceptance

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  • Who is most readily identified as single

    Church leaders and members were asked who they thought of as single in a Christian Research Ltd survey. The results showed that they perceive there to be ‘degrees’ of singleness – people who have never married would be seen as most single, as ...

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  • The numbers in the church

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  • ... find a local group

    Here we list the local groups that (as far as we know) would welcome new members. As an organisation we offer this list as a service to you, but by listing them we have not checked them in any way and you should make your ...

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  • The blessing of singleness?

    At New Wine 2016 Dr David Pullinger gave two insightful talks on singleness, speaking both to church leaders and to single Christians. Many listeners asked him to make his notes available to them.  Below is his talk for single Christians on the blessing of ...

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  • Church audit

    Clergy report that they are often unaware of the relative numbers of those who are married, single or single parents. A church audit will highlight if your congregation is representative of  the area and also the relative proportions of married and single people. Establish ...

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  • A single-friendly church

    Single Christians want to be included fully and equally into every aspect and ministry of the church’s life, in the same way as for married couples and families. That was one of the top findings in our survey into what makes a single-...

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  • Contact us

    We welcome support and interest from anybody, whether you're single or not! Please indicate your support for single friendly churches by signing up to our monthly newsletter. If you're looking for materials to share, you can download our leaflet (which we are ...

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  • Our Patrons and people

    Patrons of Single Friendly Church  We are honoured that the following are our Patrons. Cardinal Vincent Nichols - Cardinal Archbishop of the Westminster, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Chancellor of St Mary's University, Twickenham Archbishop John ...

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  • Our mission and history

    We didn't mean to start a campaign towards a single friendly church. But, when Christian Connection founder Jackie Elton conducted a survey among single Christians about their experiences of church, she received more than 3,000 responses. The results showed that the church needed ...

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  • 'Who looks after me when I'm ill?'

    We have several new articles by Catherine Francis on coping with illness as a single person – both as a patient and as a carer – with advice for singles and their church leaders from those who’ve been there.

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  • Addressing a Deanery Synod

    On 25 November 2015 Dr David Pullinger, Director Single Christians, was invited to address a meeting of the Amersham Deanery Synod.  Here are 10 points made in the presentation and in response to the questions asked at the end.

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