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:

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

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–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–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–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.

Conference News – now online on July 1st

Dear Friends,

lots of love and prayers to you at this time.

As you will know, NECN had planned Conferences in early June.  In the light of the lockdown we have made the decision to cancel these.

Instead, we will be having a free Online Conference on Wednesday July 1st.  Please save the date.

We will be sticking with the planned theme of leadership.  This will enable us to share and deepen learning about some of the really important pilot work going on around the country developing and encouraging local leadership in our Estate Churches.

It will also give us the chance to reflect on the tensions and experiences we are finding in this time of great challenge.

There will be more details soon.

In the meantime, please keep an eye on our website for resources and stories of things that are working in Estate Churches and communities (

If you have time to let us know anything you would like to share, please send it to us.

One really important thing in all this is that everyone is making it up as they go along.  Please don’t feel guilty if you are not able to do the same as some other people.  It is an exceptionally testing time.  Please look after yourself.  Make sure you get adequate rest, and keep your prayer life going.

Some of our Local Groups are meeting online, and have found this really helpful.  We have a Zoom account available for this – please contact Christine if you would like to book a slot (

Our friends at Jesus Shaped People ( are working on some excellent free resources for Estate Churches when we are able to physically come back together.  Materials to help us in the missional task of discerning how we are different, what God is calling us to do, and how we can be equipped to do this.  More details soon.

with best wishes,



The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups during this period.

For more details visit:

Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme

EXTERNAL FUNDING (20-4-2020) Covid-19 Crisis Response


  • Birmingham City Council

Grants up to £10,000 for community grants to help children and families

  • Greggs Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

Grants up to £500 for food parcel support

  • Halifax Foundation

Grants from £1,000 – £50,000 for Community Group Activities and Benefits (Covid-19 activities prioritised)      community-at-this-time-of-crisis-will-be-prioritised-and-turned-around-as-quickly-as-possible?mc_cid=33a4718109&mc_eid=e1e7976521

  • Antonio Carluccio Foundation

Grants up to £10,000 to agencies operating in the food industry

  • Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – COVID Early Years Preventative Work

Grants up to £5,000 for charities working with children 0-3 -year olds – Closing date 28th April

  • Persimmon – Community Champions

   Grants up to £1000 to support the over 70’s

  • HEART OF ENGLAND – £1,500

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Resilience Fund

  • John Lewis Partnership (UK)

Name of Fund: Community Support Fund (details ongoing)

  • Arts Council England

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Support to organizations and individuals (details ongoing)

  • Heritage Emergency Fund (three to six-month duration)

Organizations can access over the next three-six months as short-term funding to stabilize operations and manage       unforeseen risks.

  • Sport England Emergency Fund

To help community sport and physical activity organizations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

  • Cloth Workers Foundation

Small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services

  • Cadent Foundation –

CLOSES 31st May – (open for general community projects including Covid 19 activities)

  • Crisis Homeless Fund

Grants of £5,000 for short term responses & £50,000 for long term needs on expansion or change in service delivery

  • Elton John Aids Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund (Closing date 23rd April)

Aims to support lifesaving interventions to help mitigate adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV response efforts   

  • Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust

           Grants to help parents & carers who have worked in the UK. fashion or textile industry & whose household income has reduced due to coronavirus outbreak


  • Help Musicians UK

Applications of £500. to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians are currently facing due to their mounting household expenses.

  • Princes Trust and Natwest

To help young entrepreneurs (18-30) across the UK to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Tesco’s Bags of Help – Covid 19 Communities Fund

£500 for organocations that support vulnerable residents

  • Thomas Pocklington Trust – Emergency Covid19 Support

Charities dealing with blind or partially sighted clients. Grants up to £10,000 to include new initiatives or core costs up to two months running costs

  • LeatherSellers Company

Grants up to £3,000 for projects on homelessness, food provision, domestic abuse, nursing care

  • The Yap Charitable Trust

Grants up to £3,000 for Charities with an income below £40,000 per annum

  • Local Giving

Grants up to £500 for organizations to provide physical activity (including remotely)

  • Neighbourly Fund

Only open to current Neighbourly Members. Grants up to £400 for neighborhoods affected by the Covid Virus

  • The Raft Foundation

Only Open to current recipients. Grants up to £5,000 to enable group resilience through the current crisis

  • Standard Life Foundation

Only Open to current recipients (or previous applicants) Grants from £5,000+ on financial inclusion

  • Youth Futures Foundation

Ongoing, long term support for youth employment. Grants for £30,000- £800,000

The biggest of the local funders such as Big Lottery / Sport England / Tudor Trust / Esmee Fairbairn/ Henry   Smith / Comic Relief, have all offered assurances that their funding will be flexible in the current crisis. Groups in receipt of funding should contact their respective Project Officers


  • NCVO



NAT WEST – Loans up to £5,000,000 interest free for first 12 months

BIG SOCIETY CAPITAL- – £100m to be released



  • CAF Coronavirus Fund – Applications up to £10,000

  • Youth Music Network

To offer additional support to music making organizations. Grants up to £10,00 (first round closing date 9th April)

  • UFI Charitable Trust (UK)

Name of Fund:  VocTech Now (To assist Vocational Training Providers to Digital   – Closing date – 6th April 2020      


  • WM Funders Network




  • NCVO


       Neighbourhood Development and Support Unit


Children and Families in Estates – Coronavirus Opportunities

Curbs work with Children and Families in Urban, Estate and marginalised communities. Giving support, providing resources and offering training opportunities. As we negotiate these unprecedented times, I wonder if you are able to connect with Children and Families in your estate? If you are, we would love to hear about it, perhaps interview you and share your story with others to give encouragement. One such good news opportunity has been created by a church in Plaistow to continue connecting with their Friday night club. Why not check out the for their story and access to the resources they have made.
To share your inspiring stories, ask questions or find out about what else is going on email
Or phone 07766020524
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