Ken Leech Memorial Lecture: The Eye of the Storm

The Eye of the Storm

Ken Leech Memorial Lecture 2020 – “Learning from Ken: how to breathe in the tempest “

About this Event

Ken Leech Memorial Lecture 2020 will be given by the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, on Tuesday 3rd November 2020, at 7.30.

Paul Bayes has been the Bishop of Liverpool since 2014. His ministry is marked by his concern for equality and justice.

The Lecture is held in memory of Father Ken Leech (1939-2015), who spent his whole ministry caring for the marginalised and disadvantaged. He authored many books on theology, pastoral care, and social justice.

To register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ken-leech-memorial-lecture-2020-tickets-126385603743

Stories from Strategic Development Fund projects

Strategic Development Fund

The Strategic Development Unit are hosting a series of interviews on Zoom with practitioners from some of the Strategic Development Funding projects to share some of the stories of those involved. (Agi is also circulating details via Mission Network News.)

The first interview was held last Thursday 17 September. My colleague Tom Conway talked to Rob Fowler and Russel Baylis about their experiences of leading and supporting a church plant in Whitleigh, in Plymouth, as part of the outer estates planting SDF programme in Exeter diocese. If you were unable to join us for this interview, it is now available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GcnT-1X5xk

Later in the series, we will be featuring projects in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham dioceses.

A full list of future interviews, with the links to enable you to register live to watch the webinars (at which there will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions), is below.

Thursday 8 October at 12.30pm  

This webinar will feature Manchester diocese’s project to establish small church plants in areas where there have been very low levels of engagement with the Church.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5416003570133/WN_rrquTRwwQM-8d4MiIHHDkA

Thursday 15 October at 12.30pm

Tim Montgomery will talk about Liverpool diocese’s project to turn around mission and financial strength in Wigan.   https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6816003579899/WN_gFDrqFeISHCUEH7HyEWF7Q

Thursday 22 October at 12.30pm

Liz Dumain will talk about building intergenerational worship in Birmingham diocese

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8216003583738/WN_8RRPRV6mTFGNHHve_dQhSw

All of these interviews will be recorded and available for you to watch at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMwCFR_zx1Lsx1pp5ffRM4A .

GRA:CE Project Launch (online)

GRA:CE Project

At a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, what is the future for the national church? How should it respond to the intensifying social, material, and spiritual needs of the people it exists to serve? How has it adapted to declining levels of religious affiliation?

Drawing on three years of extensive research across the country, the GRA:CE Project – a partnership between Theos, Church Urban Fund, and the Church of England – seeks to address these core issues from a study of the relationship between church growth, discipleship and social action in the Church of England. It considers how the Church’s service to its local communities can enrich congregations, both numerically and in their discipleship. It does this through the distillation of over 300 interviews with clergy, lay people, and community members from over 60 communities across every Anglican diocese in England, as well as new analysis of national statistical data.

Uncovering how Anglican churches of all sizes, contexts, and traditions integrate social action and discipleship in creative and transformative ways, the GRA:CE Project provides critical insights into how churches can meaningfully engage with the needs of their communities, build strong relationships, and see their congregations grow both numerically and spiritually.

Join the GRA:CE Project for the launch of the research findings and recommendations, engage with expert panelists, and participate in this important conversation by clicking here.

Confirmed panelists are:

Dr. Grace Davie: Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Exeter and author of Religion in Britain since 1945: Believing without belonging

Rev Graham Hunter: vicar at St. John’s Hoxton

Rt Revd Philip North: Bishop of Burnley

Hannah Rich: Theos researcher and author of the report

Richard Springer: Rector at St George-in-the-East, Director of the Urban Leadership School at the Centre for Theology and Community, and Dean of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Ministry for the Stepney Area.

The event will held on Zoom, and there will be opportunity for audience Q&A. Information on how to access the Zoom event will be sent upon registration

The GRA:CE Project has been made possible by the generosity of the Sir Halley Stewart Trust and the Hartham Church Charitable Trust. It is an exciting three-year research programme that is exploring the relationship between social action, discipleship and church growth. To learn more visit https://cuf.org.uk/what-we-do/the-grace-project

Invitation to The Gospel, Redemption and Shame on-line conference

Shame

The Transforming Shame Network facilitated by Catherine Matlock invites you to an on-line conference on Wednesday 14 October 9.30am-12.30pm to explore transformation of shame within the Christian faith. 

The morning is for church leaders, pioneers and those engaged in mission to explore the issue of shame theologically and missionally. It will be both an introduction to the concept of shame in faith contexts, as well as an opportunity for deeper learning and sharing for those already aware of the impact of this issue.

They have a wonderful group of speakers, offering us a range of perspectives, including shame within the bible, mission, sexuality and race, with space for questions and discussion. There will also be creative sessions, for example Harry Baker, a much loved slam poet.

Please find out more details and register using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeI2Gi_to5zDV6XNtbF3q_V46e6LSAMibUkDEO8iaLD9CszDQ/viewform

Church Plant Interview Series starting Thursday 17th Sept

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The Church of England Strategic Development Funding supports projects which make a significant difference to the mission of its diocese.

They are hosting a series of Zoom interviews with some of the practitioners from Strategic Development Funding projects on Thursday lunchtimes throughout September and October. The first of these is on Thursday 17th September at 12.30pm and will be a conversation with Rob Fowler about his experiences of leading a church plant in Whitleigh, in Plymouth. Whitleigh is an estate parish and Rob’s experiences will include the highlights and challenges of working on an estate.

To register to watch live, where you’ll be able to submit questions, please click here:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4515996685509/WN_xi_vMkdCT7SDQffZSEQBKQ

The session will be recorded to watch afterwards. Some of the future conversations will also be with estate parish ministers and we can share the information if you are interested.

Virtual Art Exhibition for St Michael’s Sheerwater

Virtual Art Exhibition

Dear friends

Most of you will probably know that the current Bishop’s Mission Order at St Michael’s, Sheerwater ends after 5 years, on 31 May 2021 and that a new BMO can only be put in place, with Gillaine as the Leader, if substantial finances are found. We are in negotiations with Woking Borough Council for a brand new community building as part of the Regeneration on Sheerwater. We’re hoping to bring MASCOT (our community charity) under our roof and create a café area, a workshop and multiple rooms in which we can continue to worship and serve the people of Sheerwater.

One of the fundraising initiatives is this virtual art exhibition from 3 friends of St Michael’s who are donating 50% of their sales directly to the church. Buying something beautiful and original from our website not only helps to continue mission and ministry in an area of high deprivation, but also supports artists in lockdown. New artists will be added each month.

Christmas is coming or maybe you just need to brighten your home now you’ve stared at the same pictures for 6 months! Either way, please take a look, share with your contacts and help us to realise our vision by securing the next phase of the BMO.

Do contact Tracey in the office, or me, if you  need any further information.

With our deepest thanks for your prayers and support.

Rev’d Gillaine Holland

St Michael’s Shared Church 

Dartmouth Avenue

Sheerwater

GU21 5PJ

 01932 341694

The office is manned by our Administrator, Tracey Francis from 9am-2pm on  Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10am-3pm on Wednesdays.

www.stmichaelssheerwater.org.uk

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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

New ‘Mission on the Margins’ Training

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I am pleased to let you know about a new Mission on the Margins Practitioner track. Urban Life have been developing this with St Hild and we will commence accepting students in September.

Mission on the Margins is designed for people who are involved in mission and ministry in marginal contexts and with marginalised communities. We offer a wide range of modules and a flexibility that enables participants to discover the best learning path for them. Participants can be accredited at MA, postgraduate and graduate level or you can follow a non-accredited path. Modules are taught through a mixture of online seminars, further reading and in person sessions at St Hild’s Sheffield and Mirfield centres. I’ve attached a flyer that gives you more information or you can visit www.sthild.org/practitioner-tracks.

We believe that the training we are offering will enable participants to engage in learning that will increase their understanding of their practice. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask.

 

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