London Conference 2020 – Save the Date

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

Look out for #NECNLondon2020 on social media.

 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

NECN is privileged to have the Revd Dr Chigor Chike, Vicar of Emmanuel Church Forest Gate, Chair of the Anglican Minority Ethnic Network and interim National Advisor for Minority Ethnic Anglican concerns, as a keynote speaker.

Revd Chike said ‘I am looking forward to the Estate Churches Conference.  We know well how people respond to leadership that is diverse.  My hope is that, at the conference, we will explore how churches based in various estates, and indeed churches everywhere, can draw more people of BAME heritage into leadership roles.”

The Conference will also consider the effects of Covid 19 and lockdown on estates ministry, with an opportunity to hear from practitioners Revd Jonathon Macy and Bishop Simon Burton-Jones (Bishop of Tonbridge, Diocese of Rochester) as stories of hope and challenge are shared.

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.

Free Webinar for Churches Responding to Homelessness

This is a  call to alms – Zoominar with the Rt Rev Bishop Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington.

Free webinar – Wednesday 3rd June, 3 or 6 pm

For Churches wanting to engage with the homeless in response to COVID-19

To register for this event please visit:

https://www.hopeintoaction.org.uk/a-call-to-alms-zoominar

Why do churches need to be concerned?

Thousands of ‘rough-sleepers’ have been moved off the streets into hotels. But where will they go next? Night-shelters may not be deemed safe to re-open. Additionally unemployment is up by over 1 million. Domestic violence up.

Homelessness charity

Vicar wanted! St John’s Bransholme, Hull

 

Are you up for a challenge? Do you believe God can transform even the toughest of situations? If not, read no further!

Bransholme is a large outer estate parish of over 13,000 people in East Hull, with all the opportunities and difficulties that such places offer. We have a small but committed congregation who believe that God has great plans for us. We have major problems with our building and are looking to re-shape and renew it over the next 5 years.

Our community needs someone who will love them and be committed to them; our church needs this too plus a leader who can help us to realise all of the God-given opportunities around us. We are quite informal in the way we do church and are looking for a Vicar who can cope with a bit of chaos and uncertainty.

We are seeking a new Vicar who will :

  •  Be full of courage, love and faith
  •  Be outward looking, leading us in mission and evangelism
  • Care for our congregation and community
  • Bring direction to our building project

We believe that God is calling someone to join us who will make a real difference to our parish. We can’t promise it will all be easy but we’ll pray for you, support you when its tough and rejoice at what we see God do through you. We can’t wait to meet you!

Informal enquiries are welcome. Please contact:

The Ven Andy Broom, Archdeacon of the East Riding T: 01482 881659

The Parish Profile and further details can be found at:

https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/job-vacancies

7 Steps for Evangelism in a time of Coronavirus

Leading Your Church into Growth

Leading Your Church into Growth have created a leaflet with seven simple steps for evangelism in this time of coronavirus.
This is meant to be a light and encouraging document for hard working clergy, and we thought that it might encourage some of you.
You can take this and use it as you see fit with colleagues in your diocese.
They are offering a 2 hour webinar to diocese based on these called ‘Talking about the ‘E-word’ in a time of coronavirus’. This webinar will be interactive with breakout groups and Q&A sessions. Get in touch if you would like this in your diocese and they will work toward making it happen.
Finally, you may have some good practice in this area that you can share with others. At the bottom of the link to the document there is a link (also here) This is a page on the Leading Your Church into Growth blog that has link to various helpful ‘how-to’ guides that may help or inspire.
To download the 7 Steps for Evangelism document please click on:

Getting Creative with Good News

Brunswick Parish Church in Manchester have been sharing how they have been creative in keeping the church community going.

Cake Fairies

One way they have been reaching is by the Cake Fairies delivering cakes to elderly or vulnerable people. You can read more about this story on this link https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events/the-cake-fairies-have-been-at-it-again

‘Altogether Church’ services are running via Zoom on Sundays which you can find out how to join if you click here

Junior and Senior Sunday School and the Young People’s group have kept going thanks to some brilliant resources made for home use. If you would like to find out more about these and to watch a great homemade movie visit https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events/sunday-school-continues-just-not-necessarily-on-sunday

Brunswick Parish Church are also doing lot of ‘Mission With stuff such as hosting free takeaway hot meals supplied by ‘Feed My City’ (‘Brunswick Beestro’) and have individuals involved with Ardwick Mutual Aid Group.

For more details visit https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events#

Creative Church

How is your church responding to COVID-19 on your estate? What good news have you to share about how God is at work in your community? Please do get in touch with us as we would love to hear your story and to put it out there.

London Estates Churches and Estates Mission – Zoom Gathering Tuesday 12 May 10.30am to 12 noon

At this time of needing to change and adapt quickly it seems somewhat of a blessing to be leading a “rubber dingy” of an estates church, that’s super flexible, even if it does leave you feeling rather vulnerable. I’m very keen to hear from others in similar situations what’s working, what’s not and your concerns moving forward, in addition to hearing what God is saying to us collectively, that we may need to give voice to together as we look to the future.
If you’re interested in joining in with this encouraging and non-competitive 90min Zoom Gathering, please email Ash Chafe at estates@ccx.org.uk for the log on details.
London Estates Churches