cafe church at the risen lord

We’ve been running a Café Church in the Parish of the Risen Lord in Preston, a typical inner-city parish, since October 2018. I had arrived as vicar of the parish and was impressed with the weekly Work Club which was hosted by one of our churches, St Matthew’s Mission, and had been run by a group of keen church members for some 5 or 6 years, During that time they had formed some good friendships with many of the clients. The group were keen to introduce these people to Jesus and a few years ago they began a home group with the aim of inviting Work Club clients along. This didn’t really take off and so In June 2018 we discontinued a small Sunday morning congregation at St Matthew’s Mission and launched our mid-week Café Church in the same place where Work Club meets. We thought it would be easier for Work Club clients to come to familiar premises.

Café Church meets at 7pm on a Wednesday evening and is very informal. We start with a meal, move into introductory discussion about some life experience or another which opens up the theme for the evening. The theme has often been the Bible passage which was the basis for the previous Sunday’s sermon or at times we have used the ‘Unlock The Bible’ material. There is no sermon as such, but rather discussion, feedback and summing up by the leader. We tend not to use too much printed material and rely often on the Lumo Gospel Dramas which we download from Youtube. For the first couple of months we had just 2 or 3 work club or fringe members attending, but over the winter these dropped off and for around 6 months almost the only attendees were church members with numbers as low as about 8. We thought that the weather probably was the main deterrent! But we persevered and over the last couple of months numbers have steadily increased to around 14-16 with around half of them non-church people. So, just at the moment we are feeling encouraged as fruit now seems to be coming from this ministry. Please pray for us! Thank you.

– Alastair McHaffie

pioneer evangelist for greenwich centre of mission

Location     Abbeywood & Thamesmead – Greenwich Centre of Mission
Details The role of Pioneer Evangelist for Greenwich Centre of Mission will look to bring Good News to the young people of Abbey Wood and Thamesmead, finding the most appropriate ways to introduce the Christian faith and nurture it as commitment grows.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • experience of responding to the spiritual needs of unchurched young people, and nurturing them in their growth as Christians
  • an understanding of how to enthuse volunteers
  • the ability to bring young people together into Christian community and imagine new approaches in pursuit of effective mission strategies

The successful candidate will look to create a community which establishes the DARE strategy as part of the Greenwich Centre of Mission, seeking ways to introduce the Christian faith to young people. In the role, you will work in collaboration with schools, agencies and churches, to create the circumstances in which young people are able to make holistic improvements to their lives. The aim is to reach unchurched young people with the gospel and disciple them, so that they in turn become evangelists and disciplers.

more details here

 

vicar in heartsease, norwich

A single-church estate parish on the eastern side of the city of Norwich is seeking a community-minded priest to lead the team of laypeople, Readers and curate in proclaiming the gospel and providing excellent pastoral care.

 

With a modern church and hall, and adjacent premises ‘The Hive’ used for various activities, this is a church embedded in its community, who want to continue their journey of becoming ‘Jesus-Shaped People’. It has recently formed a Mission Partnership with its neighbouring parish, Thorpe Hamlet, to extend the team and work together where suitable mission opportunities arise.

If you are:

  • open evangelical in your outlook
  • a clear, accessible and relevant communicator
  • a collaborative person with a record of effective work in developing teams
  • a person of vision with the skills to enable the church to continue to grow,

then please download the documents below for full details or email the Archdeacon of Norwich, the Ven Karen Hutchinson or call  01603 629001.

Closing date for applications: 10am on Monday 2 September

Interviews: Monday 16 September

more details here

Durham Estates Ministry Gathering

It was great to spend a day in Sunderland with forty colleagues from Estate and Lowest Income Parishes for the launch of the Durham Estates Ministry Group.  A day of hearing the delights, sharing the struggles, and celebrating God’s grace together.

Especial thanks to David Tomlinson and Ruth Young who are convening the Group.

You can find details of all our Local Groups here.

If you know of any Groups not on the list, or if you would like assistance in setting one up, please contact Andy Delmege

national justice and peace network conference

41st Annual  Justice and Peace Conference 

26-28 July 2019

The Hayes Conference Centre,  Swanwick

National Justice and Peace Network with Church Action on Poverty

 

Pope Francis calls us to be ‘… a Church which is poor and for the poor’.  To be  with those on the margins as equal partners, enabling them to find their own solutions to the issues they face.

Conference 2019 will work with Church Action on Poverty who are undertaking a three year project to challenge the Churches about where they put their resources. It will hear from ‘communities of praxis’ who are already involved on the margins, and engage in social analysis and theological reflection from the perspective of those on the margins.

Join us in 2019 to explore mission, theological reflection and social action with people who have been pushed to the margins of society by poverty.

How can we  build churches that……….

  • are interested in building the kingdom, not growing the church;
  • listen  to voices from the margins
  • expect to be challenged and changed by our neighbours,
  • put an emphasis on sharing food and hospitality;
  • are hungry and thirsty for justice.

We will also hear inspiring and challenging  stories from churches and groups that are living out the vision of a ‘church for the poor’ – being church on the margins of our society.

Speakers:

Revd Deirdre Brower Latz: has worked as a pastor in urban/marginalised communities in Bristol and Manchester and  lectures at the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester.

Professor Anthony Reddie:  the leading scholar in the practice of Black theology in grassroots communities of faithful practice.

We will also hear inspiring and challenging stories from churches and groups that are living out the vision of a ‘church of the poor’ – being church on the margins of our society. (Speakers and chair for this session to be confirmed )

Conference Chair:

John Battle, former Labour MP, Chair of Leeds Justice & Peace Commission

Workshops

There will be workshops from a range of organisations and speakers, all looking creatively at how our churches can be more open to people on the margins.

Children and young people

Children and young people are a vital part of the NJPN conference. There will be a crèche for children under 5 and a programme of activities for 5–11-year-olds. 12–18-year-olds will explore the conference theme in an active and thought-provoking weekend.

NJPN is committed to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable people. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend conference. Our rates for children and people on low incomes are subsidised. We count on the generous donations of those who can afford a little extra to make that possible

Conference booking forms

For email bookings:

Forgotten People Forgotten Places booking form (13)

For printing out and booking by post;

Forgotten People Forgotten Places leaflet (10)

Conference flyer:

Conference 2019 Flyer

Resources from Knife Crime Workshop

Pauline Weaver from the  Kings Norton Team led a Workshop on Knife Crime at the Birmingham Conference.

Please find the Resources from it here:

Lives Not Knives resource pack final

Appendix 2 Safe Spaces Flyer FINAL

appendix 1 service for lives not knives

 

Messy Church and Estates

 

Messy Churches on urban estates – research and discussion afternoon

Date: Saturday, 20 July 2019 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Holy Cross Church, Billesly Common, Birmingham B13 0NS

An opportunity to hear the results of Ellie Bloxham’s research into Messy Churches on urban estates and to discuss it with other people who are involved in Messy Churches on urban estates.

Click here to book a place

NECN Network London Conference – October 2019

National Estate Churches Network London Conference 2019

‘London Estate Churches – Rewriting the Story’

Thursday October 10th, 2019 10am to 4pm

St Thomas Kensal Town

An opportunity to be encouraged and resourced for estates ministry in London, as well as to share our good news and support each other in the challenges.

Programme for the day

10.00am Registration and Coffee
10.30am Welcome and Act of Worship, followed by an update from Andy Delmege on the NECN national Scene
11.15am Alan Everett and Mike Long – Responding to tragedy in our community (Grenfell)
12.00 Noon Comfort break
12:15pm Testimonies and Snapshots from Estate Churches
12:45pm Lunch (please bring your own or buy locally)
13:45pm ‘How Can Churches Rewrite the Story of Excluded Young People’
2:30pm Snapshots and Panel with questions

  • Getting Political: Working with an estate community to fight redevelopment plans
  • Doing Something New (Church Planting, etc)
  • Addressing Mental health and Isolation
  • Multi-Cultural Church: rewriting the historic story

3:30pm Final Response
4.00pm Depart or Stay to Network (Evening Prayer and Mass at 5pm)

Tea, coffee and water available throughout the day

To Book Your Ticket and for further details click here

 

last call for conference tickets

Dear Friends,

Our June Conferences are almost upon us – if you haven’t booked your ticket yet, click here to get yours.

We have a great range of workshops across the two conferences to help us in our work with children and young people.  These include:

  • building support for young people on estates
  • principles of working with children in estate churches
  • knife crime
  • working with schools
  • pioneering with children, young people and families
  • working in partnership

Lynne Cullens, our Vice-Chair, and a member of the Archbishop’s Housing Commission will also be leading a consultation on how estate churches can be involved in this.

Anna Morris, our web-designer, will be offering a digital workshop.

At the Birmingham Conference, our Trustee, Wayne Simmonds, will facilitate a workshop on engaging with refugee children and families.  Wayne writes:

Who are refugees and asylum seekers?

The forced displacement of hope and its consequences – the global refugee crisis- is unquestionably the most exigent social issue of our times. At the end of 2017 there were approximately 69 million refugees worldwide. Most of these refugees are from Syria (6.3 million), Afghanistan (2.6 million), South Sudan (2.4 million), Myanmar (1.2 million) and Somalia (986,400).

The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees defines as “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence, and have well-founded fear of persecution for the reasons of race, religion, nationality political opinion or membership in a particular social group”

An asylum seeker is someone who has arrived in a country and asked for asylum. Until they receive a decision as to whether or not they are refugee they are known as an asylum seeker.

At the end of 2017 there were approximately 121, 837 refugees and 40, 365 asylum seekers. Refugees are allowed to work, and have largely the same rights as British citizens.

Common barriers faced by Refugees and Asylum Seekers include:

a lack of a Holistic Integration Programme, lack of adequate housing, confusion over how to access the NHS, lack of Written and Spoken English and high unemployment.

One can find refugees and asylum seekers living on almost every estate in the UK. What role can the National Estate Churches Network play in helping these refugees and seekers to overcome these barriers?

I am really excited about these Conferences.  Whether you are seeking to build from a small base, are looking to make a difference to the lives of children and families on your estate, or want to help your project or church step up further, this Conference will encourage and equip you – and we are all learners together: your experiences and insights will help others.

See you there!

with love and prayers

Andy