Creating Community: connecting online and more
The Community Group was established during covid lockdown times and now has over 130 members. You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1011094359367209/
The group's founder, Hannah, writes this: "When we moved to Flordon a few years ago, I could see that there were signs of a community spirit but was so busy with work and home life that I was happy enough just saying hello to the neighbours when I saw them. Fast forward to the end of 2020 and I found myself at home on maternity leave during a national lockdown and suddenly I felt like I really wanted to find that community and be part of it.
"As an alternative to stalking people on my walks (no, really!), I set up the Flordon Community Group on Facebook. It seemed like lots of other people also wanted to be part of something as more and more kept joining, enjoying sharing memories of the village. Now we have over 100 members and are thinking to the future when we might be able to see people in real life AND know their names!
"The group is also there for questions, advice and sharing news and photos of anything Flordon related. If you aren't already a member just click the link above and ask to join."
With over 60 members, there is also Flordon Yellow Pages on Facebook for buying/selling and promoting local businesses.
Flordon Info WhatsApp Group
If you're a member of Flordon community and also on WhatsApp, you might like to ask around and join the WhatsApp group, for sharing Flordon news and information, ideas and to help facilitate organising local events.
Sponsored Head Shave - 30 April 2021
Posted: Fri, 30 Apr, 2021 (2 months ago) by Adrian
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I'm planning to shave my head on 30th April 2021 (before my wedding season gets underway in earnest!), as a way to raise awareness and raise funds to help us continue to develop healthier and safer church communities, and to support survivors of abuse perpetrated by clergy and church leaders.
Shaving the head is a biblical symbol of lament and repentance, and for me also says something about symbolically shaving off the trappings of the toxicity around male privilege, and some of the unhelpful cultural trappings that have been a factor in some recent high profile cases - the likes of Ravi Zacharias, Jean Vanier and several others, from across the spectrum of Christian traditions.
For me, this has great personal meaning, in terms of my own story and background. This is a symbolic representative lament, a personal statement of intent, and a way to do something to raise funds to help on the frontline. I am delighted to be partnering with Thirtyone:eight in this, who have been wonderfully supportive with the endeavour. The work they are doing is making a difference, and the funds raised here will help more churches become healthier places for all.
One of the first people I told about my crazy head shaving idea was a friend whose life has been blighted by the poor behaviour of church leaders. I asked how she would feel if some of those people were to shave their heads as a sign that they were sorry for the ways they had exploited their position and privilege to her detriment. She said it would be a powerful image, after years of feeling invisible. Since they won't, I will. I want to listen, lament, repent AND see churches become ever healthier and safer communities. The way church culture, power, opportunity, celebrity and privilege operate has seen change for the good in recent years, but there is further to go.
More information about Thirtyone:eight: We're an independent Christian charity which helps individuals, organisations, charities, faith and community groups to protect vulnerable people from abuse. To do this, we provide training, consultancy, disclosures and a 24 hour helpline, making sure everyone is equipped and empowered with the tools they need.