NECN supports people active in Christian ministry on social housing estates.
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.
We are delighted to announce that this summer we were granted funding from the Allchurches Trust for our work. This is about connecting churches with their communities, particularly on the estates.
Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant making charities. The Trust funds all kinds of churches and community organisations, especially people in need. Applications are particularly welcome from churches on the estates and in the inner cities.
If you would like to find out more about the Allchurches Trust click here. For more information on what is funded click here
Christian Meditation in the UK are keen for more people to find out about meditation, help them develop their own personal and group practices and through this, reach out to the wider world. Through a generous legacy from Eileen Cox, a dedicated member of a group in Ealing, West London, they are inviting community members and organisations to apply for grants.
We are writing to invite you to a Consultation on Urban Ministry at Bishop’s Lodge on Thursday 3rd October at 10 am finishing with lunch. In recent years, we have had an Estates Group and an Inner City Group. This has worked well, but there is no longer capacity from inner city colleagues to continue convening that Group at the present moment. Also a number of colleagues come to both, and national CofE estates strategy makes no distinction between inner city and outer estate parishes.
Therefore this might be the appropriate and opportune time to merge the two groups. There are obvious benefits in working and gathering together as larger group bringing together as large a number of sharp end parishes as we can. The Consultation will be an opportunity to look at the missional needs and opportunities we face, to think through how best we serve one another, and to build relationships. You are also warmly invited to the following events:
Saturday 28th September, Birmingham Urban Congress, 10am – 4pm, Balsall Heath Church Centre. You can book your place by clicking on this link: