last call for conference tickets

Dear Friends,

Our June Conferences are almost upon us – if you haven’t booked your ticket yet, click here to get yours.

We have a great range of workshops across the two conferences to help us in our work with children and young people.  These include:

  • building support for young people on estates
  • principles of working with children in estate churches
  • knife crime
  • working with schools
  • pioneering with children, young people and families
  • working in partnership

Lynne Cullens, our Vice-Chair, and a member of the Archbishop’s Housing Commission will also be leading a consultation on how estate churches can be involved in this.

Anna Morris, our web-designer, will be offering a digital workshop.

At the Birmingham Conference, our Trustee, Wayne Simmonds, will facilitate a workshop on engaging with refugee children and families.  Wayne writes:

Who are refugees and asylum seekers?

The forced displacement of hope and its consequences – the global refugee crisis- is unquestionably the most exigent social issue of our times. At the end of 2017 there were approximately 69 million refugees worldwide. Most of these refugees are from Syria (6.3 million), Afghanistan (2.6 million), South Sudan (2.4 million), Myanmar (1.2 million) and Somalia (986,400).

The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees defines as “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence, and have well-founded fear of persecution for the reasons of race, religion, nationality political opinion or membership in a particular social group”

An asylum seeker is someone who has arrived in a country and asked for asylum. Until they receive a decision as to whether or not they are refugee they are known as an asylum seeker.

At the end of 2017 there were approximately 121, 837 refugees and 40, 365 asylum seekers. Refugees are allowed to work, and have largely the same rights as British citizens.

Common barriers faced by Refugees and Asylum Seekers include:

a lack of a Holistic Integration Programme, lack of adequate housing, confusion over how to access the NHS, lack of Written and Spoken English and high unemployment.

One can find refugees and asylum seekers living on almost every estate in the UK. What role can the National Estate Churches Network play in helping these refugees and seekers to overcome these barriers?

I am really excited about these Conferences.  Whether you are seeking to build from a small base, are looking to make a difference to the lives of children and families on your estate, or want to help your project or church step up further, this Conference will encourage and equip you – and we are all learners together: your experiences and insights will help others.

See you there!

with love and prayers

Andy

estates children and young people

 

News from our friends at CURBS:

Exciting news! This year’s National Estate Churches Network Conference is all about Children and Young People! So, if you work with Children and Young People, you have some in your church or none. Come hear the voice of young people speaking about their experience of church and their relationship with God.

Followed by practitioners workshops to aid your community in growth and flourishing.
Curbs a small charity that supports, trains, and resources estate ministry with Children and Families, will be running one of the workshops. We will be thinking about the joys and challenges that estate children face and what hope the kingdom of God brings.
Look forward to seeing you Bradford on 18th June or Birmingham on the 20th June. Click here to book your ticket.

CURBS are an excellent partner, with wonderful resources and support for churches seeking to work with children on estates.  Check out their website here.

manchester estates ministry day

This Thursday 16th May 2019
William Temple Church, Wythenshawe M22 0BU

Keynote Speaker: Rt Rev’d Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster

With Canon Andy Delmege (National Estate Churches Network)

FREE Event though donations welcome on the day towards costs.

Visit https://mcrestates.weebly.com/events.html for more details and for parking/directions information.

 

Estates LYCIG

Leading Your Church into Growth is an excellent course helping churches to be intentional in their mission and growth.  We are holding one especially for estate churches at Swanwick from 5th – 7th June, 2019.

This is a great event.  Join with people from estate churches from across the country.  The Course is led by a team of women and men who are experienced estate church leaders.

Please book in here.

Contact us for more information

“Last year was fantastic, would highly recommend going” Nick Walsh

“Highly recommend this! Did it last year so good to be with people who get it.” Paul Savage

“Magic!” Jonathan Macy

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.