Support for Children and Young People during COVID-19

St. Nicholas Church, Kings Norton

I am offering family worship on a Sunday, a daily craft and two lots of bed time stories live each day.  Parish wise we have evening and morning prayer each day and worship on a Sunday.  We are contacting everyone we have details for and where we have had postal addresses has sent postcards.

Pauline Weaver, St. Nicholas Church, Kings Norton

Support for Children
St Nicholas Church

Sport4Life

Sport4Life’s new delivery model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home — read more about it below

Support for Young People

While it remains unclear as to what the immediate future will bring, we are adapting the way we work to ensure we can continue to support young people, at a time when they need us the most.

This new model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Moving mentoring online

Mentoring Young People

Online mentoring through Google Hangouts and other virtual platforms, connects young people (aged 11-29) with experienced Sport 4 Life UK mentors to support them in making confident and informed decisions about their future.

Online mentoring is a supportive, structured relationship which helps young people develop skills and achieve their goals.

FREE offer to schools

Support for young people

With the closure of schools, colleges, and increased social distancing and isolation measures, we need to find new ways of supporting young people.

Online mentoring with Sport 4 Life UK is a FREE service for schools, helping to provide one-to-one support and structure to pupils (aged 11+), increase self-confidence and improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Using a variety of online and distance learning approaches, Sport 4 Life UK will work with schools to support the most vulnerable individual students staying at home, or provide group activities for those still in the classroom.

To learn more visit https://sport4life.org.uk/young-people/mentoring-support-for-schools/

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT YESTERDAY’S PROBLEM

Online qualifications with FREE bursaries

We need to make the most of our time in isolation, and there has never been a better time to learn a new skill or gain a qualification. It’s likely that after social isolation and distancing measures are over, the job market will be more competitive than ever. Give your CV a boost and yourself the edge by applying for one of the following qualifications:

  • Teaching Assistant with SEN focus
  • Car Mechanic training
  • Office Admin and Reception skills
  • British Sign Language Level 1 & 2
  • Nail Technician Online Diploma
  • Accountancy
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business and Admin Level 2
  • Working in the Health Sector Level 2
  • Beginners Guide to Property

Social media challenges

From toilet roll challenges to daily workout routines, we are encouraging people to get creative and active whilst at home.

We’re also running online workshops to support job searching, what makes a good CV and many more.

Help us spread the word by sharing, liking and engaging with our daily posts:

https://sport4life.org.uk

Ministry and Mission through You Tube and Zoom

Below are some of the ways in which leaders on the estates have been reaching out to their congregations during the COVID-19 lockdown.

I’m putting a service online as a Youtube playlist, with my videos interspersed with songs and hymns that are already on there, avoiding copyright issues or anyone having to listen to my singing. I’m finding that the music and the sermon are the two things that people are appreciating. If anyone can’t video, then putting together a Youtube playlist of music may be very much appreciated by congregations.

Jeremy Fagan


Much of ministry has now gone online – with Zoom being flavour of the month for most of us.  Here in Harlow that means that we are working with other churches a bit more closely – with talk of sharing worship resources through recorded songs and the like.
Pastoral care involves telephone calls, emails or text messages – whatever works for most effectively keeping in touch.  And we are drowning in advice, support and resources about effectively going online.
As a plus – perhaps at the end of this some of us may choose not to give up on our online presence.  If we have built up a following, perhaps we will continue to live-stream, only this time involving a congregation as well as the solitary service leader in a room.
Virtual meetings, on a more practical note – may be a good way forward for NECN.  We could gather people from different parts of the country without the need for any of us to leave our communities.  For busy Estate Ministers there is a time for gathering, and being encouraged, but there is also a time for staying put – but maybe still having an hour to fellowship with other Estate Ministers.  What about a Zoom fellowship for folk from different parts of the country but similar contexts?

from Darren McIndoe in Harlow

If you have any more ideas of what is working with your church communities please do get in touch, We would love to hear from you.

A Message from Canon Andy Delmege

A pastoral message from Canon Andy Delmege, Vicar of St Bede’s Brandwood and Executive Director, National Estate Churches Network.

Andy reflects upon a story from the Book of Daniel and introduces an oft-overlooked ancient prayer #infinitelyloved   #weprayforyou   #SongOfTheThree

Andy can be followed on Twitter @pilgrimpace and @NECNestates

Diddy Disciples

Diddy Disciples
Diddy Disciples has:
– 6.45pm Compline led by children @DiddyDisciples on Facebook
– Diddy Disciples Podcasts: Bible Storytelling and Prayer at soundcloud.com/diddydisciples
– Good Friday Storytelling Resources at www.diddydisciples.org/samples
– As more resources gather, they will be signposted on Facebook and TwitterDiddyDisciples@DiddyDisciples

What  does it mean to be a Church on the Margins in a time of coronavirus? 


A weekly space for shared reflection in these challenging times
2pm Thursday, for the next 4 weeks (2, 9, 16 and 23 April)

https://being-a-church-on-the-margins.eventbrite.co.uk

These are extraordinary times for all of us, but what does it mean to be a ‘church on the margins’ and to seek to be attentive to and inclusive of those on margins of society in the current crisis?

We are not offering any answers, but simply a space to reflect together with others on these challenging times, on our own hopes and fears, on the practical and theological issues thrown up by the crisis, and what it means for church, discipleship, ministry and spirituality to be a ‘Church on the Margins’ at this current time.

Each session will start with a short reflection, but mostly be spent in small groups sharing together our own experiences, thoughts and reflections on these questions.

The event will take place via Zoom. You can participate via any internet enabled device with a microphone (laptop, tablet, phone etc) – or simply over the phone. Once you have signed up via Eventbrite, we will send you a link or a phone number that will allow you to take part.

Sign up for one session, or for the whole series. Dip in and give it a go!

https://being-a-church-on-the-margins.eventbrite.co.uk

Whilst it is possible to participate in Zoom calls from a normal phone, we are also exploring the possibility of holding separate phone-based conversations that could be accessed free of charge from a phone – further details of this in due course.  

Pope Francis’ Call to Prayer 25th March 2020

Invitation to Prayer
Invitation to Prayer from Pope Francis

 

Pope Francis has issued an invitation to Christian leaders and the faithful around the world to join him in praying the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday 25 March (The Feast of the Annunciation) at 11.00 am GMT (12 noon in Rome).

A letter to Archbishop Justin from Cardinal Kurt Koch of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this post.. Archbishop Justin has replied to say that he will be joining the Pope in prayer at that time from Lambeth Palace.

Letter from Cardinal Koch

An invitation

Are you a church leader, community worker
or mission practitioner wondering what social distancing means for your work?
Are you wondering how others are coping?
If so, here’s an opportunity to connect and reflect together.
On Thursday 26th March at 8pm, we invite you to join us for a ‘Virtual Cuppa’; an online conversation to reflect on our physical, emotional and theological responses to the current Coronavirus situation.  We’ll offer some questions to guide discussion and there’ll be opportunity to think about how we might continue to support one another, going forward. Follow the link below to register and don’t forget to bring a brew!

Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-cuppa-tickets-100525291854

All best,

Andrew, Carmel and Anna
Urban Life Core Team

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund Application

For information: deadline 25th March

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by Martin Lewis to help those affected by the coronavirus. Small or local charities are able to apply to receive a grant of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects.

We’re especially interested in projects that directly help people affected by the effects of the virus, such as by giving access to food, toiletries, basic necessities, as well as community projects to help people in isolation.

We are looking for projects that can help people now, so will welcome applications for existing projects that could be scaled up with extra money or projects that are in the process of being set up.

Speed is of the essence so we encourage you to highlight your project’s objectives and outcomes concisely – consider using bullet points rather than lengthy answers. Data will only be used for the purpose of giving grants.

Apply here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1R3JX15FRwkrLuDYW8VugIkSNpkqG50aLgEgbkGJyXi4/viewform?edit_requested=true

Associate Minister for Stockport and Brinnington (0.4FTE)

St Mary's Stockport

 

The regeneration of Stockport is under-way and the churches are key partners in effecting change.  The Parish of Stockport is also itself engaged in an exciting journey of missional development.  We have a role for a 0.4FTE Associate Minister to assist those processes which we’re delighted to advertise.  Do you feel called to work with us?

Part of a ministry team active across the centre of Stockport, in a parish that includes three worship centres, you will need a faith which speaks of love, joy, compassion, inclusion and welcome; a sense of humour and a flexible, team focused, can do attitude will also help.

Reporting to the Rector, Lynne Cullens, this is a generalist’s post but the role will lead for the parish on work with schools, children and families, both across the centre and in the estate church at Brinnington.

Informal discussion and/or parish visits warmly welcome.  Please call Lynne on 07544 350692 or Sue in the parish office on 0161 429 6564.

Closing date: Sunday 8 March 2020

Interviews Thursday 26 March 2020

For further details in cluding an application form visit

https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/diocesan-vacancies/associate-minister–stockport.php

Applications to Pat.pugh@chester.anglican.org

Reaching the Unreachable 2020 Conference Summary Video

Reaching the Unreached 2020 Conference summary

Check out the You Tube video of people sharing highlights from this year’s Reaching the Unreachable Conference in London.

Here are some of the things people have said:

Ministry can be hard at times on the estates so it is great to be with people with similar struggles. The focus always needs to be on the Lord Jesus. Asking, “Is it worth it?” is the wrong question. Instead we need to asking, “Is he worth it?”

We need to keep looking to Jesus because he understands.

The size of the church doesn’t matter. God is still there doing God’s work. We are a light in the community.

“I came to faith when I heard the Bible being explained in council estate language.”