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Events

Winter events

Do your church services start with marshmallows and chocolate on the coffee of your choice? They do if you attend a cafe church, where you also get served with a 'menu' containing discussion starters, quizzes or conversational prompts.

The Cafechurch Network aims to establish itself on every High St, and to that end is running a series of training days to help interested parties set up a cafe church near them.

The first of these takes place on Saturday January 17 at South Manchester Christian Fellowship. The event runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm (lunch, training pack & refreshments provided) and costs £25 per person. Attendees can expect practical workshops and seminars, networking opportunities and, of course, complimentary coffee and pastries. If you can't make that then the next location is Glasgow on January 24. More southerly venues will be visited later in the year: for more info visit cafechurch.net, email alisonlatty@cafechurch.net or phone 020 8664 8506.

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2009 is the bicentenary of The Churches' Ministry among Jewish people, and it is planning four days of celebration. The first of these will take place at Bath Abbey on February 14. The day begins with coffee at 10.00am at St Michaels, and the main session starts at 10.30am with worship. This will be followed by Bible teaching from Rev Aaron Eime, director of the CMJ Heritage centres in Israel. The afternoon celebration service begins at 2.30pm. See cmj.org.uk or call 01623 883960.

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Low self-esteem is a serious issue in youth groups across the country, and Scripture Union is running an event to help churches address the problem. Beauty for Ashes: Born Identity? is a conference for Christians who hope to help children and young people reject the negative messages they've believed about themselves.

There are two dates: February 7 at Glasgow's International Christian College, and February 21 in Dundee. Booking is essential: download the form at suscotland.org.uk or call 0131 445 9923.

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This year's Fairtrade Fortnight begins on February 22 with a launch party on London's South Bank. For 'games and activities, stalls and samples, speeches, sports stars and celebrities' visit the Fairtrade Fairground from 10.00am. Join the campaign to get the 2012 Olympics using as many fairly-traded products as possible, and find out how to get involved with the attempt to break the world banana-eating record.