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.
Are you looking for inspiration for children’s sermons or an all-age service? Pastor John Stevens from Zion Lutheran Church, Oregon has some great ideas on hos blog Dollar Store Children Sermons .
Each week Pastor John shares a video clip of his ideas around the Sunday readings. Sometimes he has a fully developed story which can simply be reused. On other days he is offering lots of different suggestions as a springboard for you to go away with and come up with your own idea.
Each dollar sermon comes with suggestions for props you might use with children and a main ‘Take Away’ for the message.
Pastor John is warm, enthusiastic and fun! The ideas he shares can be used in your own home if you have a young family or for you to film yourself for a virtual service or reflection. They can be adapted to fit a range of situations and contexts, even a global pandemic.
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:
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
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.
To view the advert please click on the link to the PDF below:
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org stating whether you would like to receive information about Community Membership (intentionally and actively pioneering in some way) or General Events/Information.
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.
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:
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.
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: