Worship, Reflection & Prayer Resources

Below you will find a number of liturgies and prayers to use for children and families on estates.

House Blessing Liturgy

 

House Blessing

Debbie Collins from Holy Cross, Billesley has created this lovely liturgy for a house blessing.  Please visit https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/house-blessing-liturgy/

Or, you can download a PDF file from the link below:

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Postcards – Reflective Exercise

Postcards

Ruth Atkinson at St Michael’s, Bartley Green has provided us with this excellent resource.  Collect postcards or the pictures from Christmas Cards and use them in the attached reflective exercise either with children or adults.

To get you started please download the PDF below for suggested questions that you might ask children:

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You can read more about Ruth’s reflections on this activity on https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/postcards-reflective-exercise/

 

Estate Baptism Liturgy

Baptism Liturgy

St Peter’s Church, Balkwell have worked really hard to adapt a Baptism Liturgy to make Baptism a more welcoming and affirming sacrament for families from the estate who came to the church. You can download it from

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To find out more about the practicalities for arranging a Baptism Liturgy please visit https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/estate-baptism-liturgy/

 

A Christian Meal Time Celebration

Click on the image below to download an enjoyable way of praying when having a meal as a family or Christian community:

A Christian Meal
A Christian community mealtime celebration

 

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ.

To find the latest resources for Lockdown visit https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

Try Praying

Try Praying

 

Try Praying is a booklet to help people who are not religious to pray.  You can also download a free 7 day app from https://www.trypraying.co.uk/

The website also features encouraging stories of people who have had the courage to pray with amazing results.

Vacancy: Oversight Minister East Central Rotherham Mission Area

 

 

An exciting new stipendiary role has been created in an established mission area of three parishes serving a diverse socio-economic context.

The Diocese of Sheffield is looking for a priest with a passion for urban mission and a commitment to work creatively to meet new challenges. With Lowest Income Communities funding, they are able to make this new appointment to be based at St James Clifton, one of the most deprived parishes in the diocese, sharing with an ordained colleague in the oversight of the parish churches of Clifton, Herringthorpe and Whiston.

The successful candidate will be licensed as Priest in Charge of Clifton and Associate Priest at Herringthorpe and Whiston, and will nurture the whole people of God to realise the Diocesan strategy to be a flourishing and generous diocese that is Renewed, Released and Rejuvenated.

FOR AN INFORMAL CHAT, CONTACT:

Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham, the Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain 07740 198806

FOR AN INFORMATION PACK VISIT:

www.sheffield.anglican.org/clergy-vacancies

Please send completed applications to The Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham at archdeacons.office@Sheffield.anglican.org by 5:00pm on Thursday 6 August.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 16 September.

This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

Kick Start Campaign – Christians Against Poverty

Kick Start Campaign

 

Kick Start is the response from Christians Against Poverty  to the needs we know will exist in communities all over the UK as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is designed to equip local churches to easily help people get their lives moving along following the impact of the crisis.

Covering areas such as job searching and living well on a budget, Kick Start also acknowledges the emotional impact of what we’re all living through. Sessions on dealing with worry and coping with loss also feature.

Kick Start consists of a flexible menu of nine video sessions. The entire resource will be available to all churches for free via download.

For more information about the sessions please download the PDF file from the link below:

Kick Start promotional information

In Conversation with Pioneers

The National Anglican Community of Pioneers are hosting 2 events in July to support those engaged in mission and ministry to think through what this might look like in their context beyond lockdown.  It will offer opportunity to discuss how to navigate this journey as much as exploring possible destinations. These are repeat sessions and are aimed at leaders who wouldn’t consider themselves to be ‘pioneers’ (listening to their community, serving and journeying with them and forming a new expression of church around them – beyond the walls of existing church) but would like to draw on the wisdom of those who are. It will be an opportunity to meet with experienced pioneer practitioners and to be part of the conversation through guided breakout rooms.

Book now via Eventbrite as places will be limited to ensure an interactive experience. These sessions are repeat sessions.

Thursday 9th July 10.30am-12pm https://july9conversation.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday 14th July 7.45pm-9.15pm https://july14conversation.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information email pioneers@churchofengland.org  

The National Anglican Community of Pioneers supports all those who are exploring a pioneer approach to mission and ministry in the Church of England – whether that’s full time, part time, spare time, paid, unpaid, lay or ordained. Its aim is to connect and support pioneers through an online community and by regular digital and physical meet ups, often with guest speakers. It also seeks to advocate for key pioneer issues within the Anglican Church.

If you would like to find out more, please email pioneers@churchofengland.org stating whether you would like to receive information about Community Membership (intentionally and actively pioneering in some way) or General Events/Information.

Give a Box of Hope

Transforming Lives for Good

You may have already heard of the difference that TLG ‘Boxes of Hope’ are making across the UK – over 30,000 meals already provided to families struggling to eat at this time. Within the chaos of the corona virus, God continues to call local churches to support their community and spread His hope.

Boxes of Hope

These care packages contain both food and activity ideas for children; they aim to meet families’ physical and emotional needs in such a challenging time. We have guidelines, resources to include, ways of tracking impact and start-up funding of £200 to help churches launch.

If you would like the opportunity to join Boxes of Hope, click below on the  weblink with more info:

https://www.tlg.org.uk/connect/blog/boxes-of-hope-why-families-need-our-support-more-than-ever

We hope it could really equip churches in their support to families over the summer.

We will soon be  running an additional project to support the local church: Emotional First Aid. Emotional First Aid will be a FREE and easy to understand online training and resource that equips people to support those struggling with their emotional and mental health as a result of this pandemic. These webinars will help individuals and organisation to see and understand emotional signals, and know how to respond to them effectively.

Rob Stevenette

Head of Church Partnership TLG

London Conference 2020 – Save the Date

The NECN London Regional Conference will take place on 8th October 2020.

 Local Leadership, COVID-19 and our Estates

This will be taking place online this year with a mix of speakers, panel and group discussions looking at the theme of:

  • Raising up local leaders on estates
  • How our churches have and can respond to COVID-19

To register your interest for more information contact:

revnickwalsh@gmail.com

To download the flyer click the link below:

NECN London 2020 – Save the Date

Inspiring Everyday Faith Webinar

Inspiring Everyday Faith

Inspiring Everyday Faith: Accelerating Change 

Thursday 25 June 2020, 12.00 – 1.45pm 

 

  • How do leaders help steer churches through adaptive change?

 

  •    How do whole church communities become invested in a corporate sense of mission?

 

  • How do church cultures better enable and engage Christians in our Kingdom callings?

 

Such questions are at the forefront of many conversations at this time. The good news is that we are not short of options in how to support leaders and churches through times of accelerating change. This webinar will feature insights on how to lead well in times of accelerating change with contributors from The Arthur Rank Centre, CPAS, Jesus Shaped People, LICC, Mother’s Union and more.

 

Thousands of churches all over the country are engaged in nurturing cultures to inspire everyday faith. This webinar looks specifically at the role Christian agencies and networks play as strategic partners for dioceses and close accompaniers for worshiping communities.  It will feature practical examples of processes for transformation in worshipping communities and in enabling change through investing in collaborative leadership.

 

The Inspiring Everyday Faith webinar series shares ideas, innovations and insights from the work of Setting God’s People Free.  SGPF was set up in 2017 to coordinate work across dioceses to better enable the whole people of God to live out our faith in everyday life.  This work involves supporting worshiping communities to better engage in the task of inspiring everyday faith, adapting through small shifts and adopting new practices.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Reality Same Mission booklet launched for Churches Today

Estate Church Mission

We’re pleased and excited to announce the launch today of a new URC resource booklet ‘New reality, same mission: A stimulus to renewed community engagement as we emerge from the pandemic’:

https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3483-new-reality-same-mission-churches-encouraged-to-renew-community-engagement-as-we-emerge-from-the-pandemic

 

The resource is complementary to the Ready for the new ‘normal’ booklet produced last month by the URC Synod Moderators, and uses questions in that paper as its starting-point. It was put together by a small team from the Mission and Discipleship departments, along with three URC Church Related Community Workers and Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty.

 

The booklet offers a process for exploring questions of community presence and engagement and social justice in the “new normal” and developing new priorities for mission and ministry. Reflection is also invited about the kind of society and economy that we want to rebuild after the pandemic. It features examples of how churches around the UK are already an active presence in their communities in many different ways, and points to resources and organisations that can provide advice and support.

 

The booklet can be downloaded via this link: https://urc.org.uk/images/Communications/docs/New-reality-same-Mission.pdf.

Please have a read and if appropriate, please circulate it around your colleagues and networks; it’s a natural part of our URC-DNA to be as ecumenical as possible.  I’ll also be interested in your response about the booklet.

 

The resource will be accompanied by some conversation-starter videos and, in a few weeks, a webinar to enable to discussion to continue. Further details will be available at: https://urc.org.uk/same-mission

 

We hope it proves a useful resource for individuals, churches and church leaders, and an encouragement as we seek to discern how to use our time, resources and energies to offer prophetic hope in uncertain and challenging times.

Steve Summers | Church Related Community Work (CRCW) Development Worker

(On behalf of Simeon Mitchell, Simon Peters, Niall Cooper, Marie Trubic, Simon Loveitt, Katy Ollerenshaw, and Sam Richards)

Chelmsford Diocese Estate Churches Network Email Conference 2020

News from the estates
St Luke’s Church and School

The Chelmsford Diocese NECN Group had planned a physical conference for 25th March 2020. However, when COVID-19 struck this wasn’t possible. Instead they decided to have an email conference. Written presentations were circulated by email around 40 lay workers and clergy in estate parishes in the Chelmsford Diocese. The overall theme was “Growing the Estate Church”. Questions and answers were also circulated by email.

People responded very well to the email conference with lots of rich sharing and stories of growth on the estates.  Prayer, local partnerships and collaboration and reaching out to the community with fun days are some of the ways in which churches have grown sustainably to meet local needs.

Stories have been shared from St Luke’s Church in Canning Town, St Stephen’s in Tye Green and The Pioneer Hub in Colchester. We can also report good news from Through Faith Missions. The Archdeacon of Southend, Ven. Mike Lodge reported on the Estates Evangelism Task Group Conference he attended in January 2020.

Through Faith Mission Fun Day
Through Faith Mission Fun Day

If you would like to read the full report to download the PDF please click:

Chelmsford Email Conference 2020

How to create a phone number which plays podcasts and sermons

Coronavirus: Create A Phone Number Which Plays Podcasts or Sermon Recordings Over the Phone

If a lot of your parishioners can’t access the internet this handy link above gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own own phone-line. Its free for people to ring.