February News from NECN

2020 what a year!!

Whatever the year has thrown at you it has certainly been an unprecedented time. Much pain, bereavement, loss, stress, and uncertainty mixed up with furlough, time, creativity and new opportunity. In our journey out of 2020 let’s reflect on what you are glad to leave behind. What was a highlight? What surprised you?

As we look forward into 2021 where do you see HOPE? We would really like to share your hopes as a daily reflection on what brings hope this Lent. If you would be willing to share a word, sentence or brief word on where you see HOPE please send it in to ChristineM@cofebirmingham.com with a photo where possible.

Lent gives us time to reflect. Jesus walked the wilderness for 40 days, I am sure he was finding hope in nature, in his humanity, in love, in what had been, in what was to come. Let us enjoy hearing hope as we listen and share hope through this time.

Local Groups

NECN has local groups across the country who meet for mutual support, understanding the context in which each other works. A place where they feel included with relevant conversation and opportunity to share the joys and challenges of estate life and to hear others(without judgement).
If you would like to be a part of local group, please get in contact. We can either direct you to your local group or support you to begin a new one!

Email: christinem@cofebirmingham.com

Phone: Sara Barron on 07940 437473


Stories about where you live

Estate
A network looking to serve every estate.

Tell us about where you live! We would love to share stories of hope or need from your neighbourhoods. Could you write a couple of paragraphs with photos or perhaps in an interview style where someone else can write it up? Let’s encourage and support one another. If you have something to share, please get in touch.

Email: christinem@cofebirmingham.com

Phone: 0121 426 0436


All Churches Trust

**STOP PRESS ALLCHURCHES TRUST FUNDING**

Are you looking for funding to support your Covid response project? AllChurches Trust are open for funding bids which bring ‘hope’, whether practically or pastorally to your community. To check criteria and apply use the following link:

https://www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund/


Common People Book

Book recommendation
Common People edited by Kit De Waal –

An anthology of working-class writers. From the first poem to the last story, it shares a passion, a love, a longing which moves your heart and powers your soul.

“Narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life.”


Transforming Lives for Good

TLG Emotional Rollercoaster Training

This is a wonderful opportunity for churches to learn some helpful skills for responding to those suffering from anxiety and stress. The programme written for working with children and young people also has much to offer adults in finding responses to anxiety and the present uncertainty. Training is free at present, just follow the link for more information.

https://www.tlg.org.uk/your-church/emotional-rollercoaster


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Christine

Christine

I am the Support Officer of NECN and also work part-time as Diocesan Secretary of Birmingham Mothers' Union. I volunteer as a lay Bus Chaplain with NX West Midlands and accompany people as a Prayer Guide making retreats in daily life with an association called Manresa Link.

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