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Unlock – keys to the kingdom

Unlock has a pedigree something like NECN’s. Around for a while, small, working to support and resource Christians who live and work on estates. In our case, we’re for people who know they are speaking a different language from people who live ‘on estates’. Although actually that’s an issue in all sorts of situations. You could say its about middle class v working class language.

The Unlock method is essentially very simple: get people talking about (and listening to!!!) people’s stories of their own lives BEFORE you start telling people what the bible has to say to or about them.

Unlock’s website has lots of resources that many people have developed on these lines. You might start with: have any of you ever been mugged or attacked in a public place? Things get hairy sometimes, but people are remarkably open if you’ve created the right environment. And then you trust God that people will make their own connections to bible stories. Or you might nudge that. And you can work out the obvious bible story that quite a few people know, even if they aren’t into church at all.

 

A global wave of prayer

From 30 May to 9 June 2019, Christians from all denominations are called to join a global wave of prayer for evangelism. Thy Kingdom Come invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

The movement started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York to the Church of England. It has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Individuals and churches are invited to:

  • Commit to pray
  • Host events such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks
  • Find new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

Ideas for individuals, churches and families to take part can be found on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

NECN 2019 Conferences

Do join us at the 2019 NECN national conferences, a great opportunity to meet with others who are passionate about Christian ministry and mission to social housing estates.

Book your tickets for the 18th June Bradford Conference and the 20th June Birmingham Conference

Titled “‘Always room for one more.’  Children, Young People and Estates; stories of participation and partnering”, we will be focusing on participation and partnering in our mission on social housing estates with Children and Young People. What’s working? What resources are available? Who is there to support our ministry? It will be a day of sharing wisdom and stories from Estate Churches and projects around the country.

We are delighted that Jasmine Yeboah, the Methodist Youth President, will be with us and will give an address.

Lynne Norman, NECN Trustee and Children, Youth and Families Development Officer with the Methodist Church writes “Jasmine took up the post of Methodist Youth President in September 2018.  She has spent the last six months encouraging Methodists to be ‘courageous’, her theme for the year.  In her enthusiastic and encouraging style, she will share her experiences of growing up on a Tottenham estate and her hopes for children and young people in the Church”.

Emily McDonald from the Church of England Youth Council, who gave a passionate speech on local leadership in estates at General Synod (view the speech here) will also be with us.

The fee for the day, including a light lunch, will be £25, but if this gets in your way, please contact us.