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.”

Mentoring for People Going Through the Discernment Process

Vocation Mentors

God calls people from all walks of life, and our ministers should reflect the society we are part of.

“We are working hard to support those from deprived backgrounds who are going through the discernment process by offering mentoring (https://www.churchofengland.org/mentors).

Feedback suggests that mentoring has built confidence amongst those from underrepresented groups.  But we need more mentors in order to make this as widely available as possible.  If anyone (ordained or lay but with some understanding of the discernment process) would be willing to volunteer for this role, we have training sessions available in March, May, July and September and a Mentor gathering with ++Justin at Lambeth Palace in November.

We would dearly love to have more mentors with estates experience to add to our resource here.  Any help you can offer would be invaluable”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please visit https://www.churchofengland.org/mentoring 

This link will give details of mentor training days around the country and there is a contact form to complete.

Parish of the Risen Lord Preston

We need help!

Parish of the Risen Lord

We are searching for Christian volunteers (with a heart for the gospel and a heart for the poor) who would be willing to work in a less affluent area in Preston, Lancashire. (Our parish sits within the top 5% of parishes in the country in terms of multiple indices of deprivation).

With the help of the Eden Network – www.joineden.org – we are planning to get together a team of volunteers comprising at least 6 people who would be willing to live in our area and share the gospel in partnership with the church family.

Might God be calling you?

Once the team is assembled we’ll be seeking a leader who will inspire and encourage the team. This is the only paid post in the team, everyone else will need to find ways of supporting themselves.

Please message us if this has sparked an interest and we can talk further.

WE WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD SHARE THIS POST WIDELY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CHRISTIAN FRIENDS AMONGST YOUR CONTACTS.

If you can do nothing else…. please pray for this!

Thank you. 

Parish of the Risen LordParish of the Risen Lord

Estates Prayer

Estates Prayer

The Bishop of Burnley, the Right Reverend Philip North has written a prayer for the estates. On Saturday 22nd February people will be saying this prayer for the estates across the country. This will be the first anniversary of the Church of England Synod motion to have a loving Christian community on every urban estate in the nation.

Can we encourage you to join us. You might want to do a prayer walk for your neighbourhood or your street.

You can find out more by clicking on this You Tube link to the Neighbourhood Prayer Network.

Saltley Trust Vacancy Part-time Administrator and Clerk

Saint Peter's Saltley Trust

St Peter’s Saltley Trust, a Christian educational charity working in the West Midlands region, seeks a part-time Administrator and Clerk to Trustees (£12 per hour, 9 hours per week – hours flexible by agreement).

The post-holder will provide financial and administrative support to the Trust’s work, including the preparation and monitoring of budgets, assisting the Director in project support, and acting as Clerk to the Trustees.  Financial/administrative experience is required, alongside honesty and integrity, good interpersonal and organisational skills, and a good standard of written English.

For further details and an application form, please contact: St Peter’s Saltley Trust, 3 Nursery Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3JX 0121 427 6800, bursar@saltleytrust.org.uk or visit our website: https://www.saltleytrust.org.uk/job-vacancy-2/.

You can also download more information by clicking on this link:

Administrator and Clerk to Trustees – job ad (long)

Closing date: 15 March 2020

Pioneer Evangelist Role, Langley Centre of Mission

Pioneer Evangelist

Pioneer Evangelist Role, Langley (West Midlands) Centre of Mission

There is an exciting opportunity for a pioneer evangelist in this industrial part of Sandwell on the west Birmingham border. It is made up principally of urban estates and has significant areas of deprivation.

You are excited by living and working amongst people deeply disconnected from church, by helping them to discover the joy and freedom of trusting in Jesus and of making a difference in their area.  You will establish new Christian communities through building relationships, evangelistic projects, and teams of volunteers.

You will communicate the good news by word, action and lifestyle, working as a team with the lead evangelist. You will be part of a new Centre of Mission established by Church of England Birmingham and Church Army.  One particular, but not exclusive, focus will be younger generations: parents, children, young people, and young adults.

The successful candidate will love Jesus, love people, be an innovator who brings about changes in people’s lives and in communities, and enjoys gathering people and encouraging small teams. If you’re passionate about unlocking God’s potential in people, please apply.

For more info: Langley Pioneer  or search jobs at www.churcharmy.org Closing date: Friday 14th August, midday.

To download the PDF file for this job advert please click on the link below:

Pioneer Advert Langley Centre of Mission July 2020

 

 

 

Proximity Network: a network for every disadvantaged neighbourhood

Network for every estate

The Proximity Network is a network of ministries and missionaries for every disadvantaged neighbourhood in our nation. We have now mapped over 4000 ministries to the poor across the UK but we still have a way to go. We have done this in two phases;

Phase One: Map those ministries and missionaries actively working in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. These will be categorised in eight different ways based on the governments indices of deprivation statistics released in 2019 – Crime, Education, Housing, Food, Debt, Health, Employment and Community.

Phase Two: Create a web-based platform to seek to achieve three things:

 RESOURCE: Offer those on the frontline the means to sustain and advance their ministry by providing relevant resources including blogs, vlogs, Bible reading plans, audio books, best practice application, neighbourhood exegesis resources, inspirational books, webinars and conferences.

RELATE: Provide members with a mechanism to interrelate, cross pollinate, share best practice and support and work more strategically together in partnership.

RELEASE: Establish a list of disadvantaged areas that appear to be under resourced and work strategically to send and support new ministries willing to fill the gaps.

I’d love you to help me in four ways;

 1. Sign up on the website which is https://proximity.network/

2. Map your individual ministries

3. Like our facebook page and follow us on twitter

4. Share this with anyone you know who is ministering to the poorest in our nation

Your help is so appreciated!

God Bless,

Sam Ward

To find out more about Sam’s heart and vision for this mission check him out on this clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k2iip17syU

Estate
A network looking to serve every estate.