lots of love and prayers to you at this time.
As you will know, NECN had planned Conferences in early June. In the light of the lockdown we have made the decision to cancel these.
Instead, we will be having a free Online Conference on Wednesday July 1st. Please save the date.
We will be sticking with the planned theme of leadership. This will enable us to share and deepen learning about some of the really important pilot work going on around the country developing and encouraging local leadership in our Estate Churches.
It will also give us the chance to reflect on the tensions and experiences we are finding in this time of great challenge.
There will be more details soon.
In the meantime, please keep an eye on our website for resources and stories of things that are working in Estate Churches and communities (https://estatechurches.org/covid-19/).
If you have time to let us know anything you would like to share, please send it to us.
One really important thing in all this is that everyone is making it up as they go along. Please don’t feel guilty if you are not able to do the same as some other people. It is an exceptionally testing time. Please look after yourself. Make sure you get adequate rest, and keep your prayer life going.
Some of our Local Groups are meeting online, and have found this really helpful. We have a Zoom account available for this – please contact Christine if you would like to book a slot (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our friends at Jesus Shaped People (https://www.jesusshapedpeople.net/) are working on some excellent free resources for Estate Churches when we are able to physically come back together. Materials to help us in the missional task of discerning how we are different, what God is calling us to do, and how we can be equipped to do this. More details soon.
with best wishes,