national justice and peace network conference

41st Annual  Justice and Peace Conference 

26-28 July 2019

The Hayes Conference Centre,  Swanwick

National Justice and Peace Network with Church Action on Poverty

 

Pope Francis calls us to be ‘… a Church which is poor and for the poor’.  To be  with those on the margins as equal partners, enabling them to find their own solutions to the issues they face.

Conference 2019 will work with Church Action on Poverty who are undertaking a three year project to challenge the Churches about where they put their resources. It will hear from ‘communities of praxis’ who are already involved on the margins, and engage in social analysis and theological reflection from the perspective of those on the margins.

Join us in 2019 to explore mission, theological reflection and social action with people who have been pushed to the margins of society by poverty.

How can we  build churches that……….

  • are interested in building the kingdom, not growing the church;
  • listen  to voices from the margins
  • expect to be challenged and changed by our neighbours,
  • put an emphasis on sharing food and hospitality;
  • are hungry and thirsty for justice.

We will also hear inspiring and challenging  stories from churches and groups that are living out the vision of a ‘church for the poor’ – being church on the margins of our society.

Speakers:

Revd Deirdre Brower Latz: has worked as a pastor in urban/marginalised communities in Bristol and Manchester and  lectures at the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester.

Professor Anthony Reddie:  the leading scholar in the practice of Black theology in grassroots communities of faithful practice.

We will also hear inspiring and challenging stories from churches and groups that are living out the vision of a ‘church of the poor’ – being church on the margins of our society. (Speakers and chair for this session to be confirmed )

Conference Chair:

John Battle, former Labour MP, Chair of Leeds Justice & Peace Commission

Workshops

There will be workshops from a range of organisations and speakers, all looking creatively at how our churches can be more open to people on the margins.

Children and young people

Children and young people are a vital part of the NJPN conference. There will be a crèche for children under 5 and a programme of activities for 5–11-year-olds. 12–18-year-olds will explore the conference theme in an active and thought-provoking weekend.

NJPN is committed to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable people. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend conference. Our rates for children and people on low incomes are subsidised. We count on the generous donations of those who can afford a little extra to make that possible

Conference booking forms

For email bookings:

Forgotten People Forgotten Places booking form (13)

For printing out and booking by post;

Forgotten People Forgotten Places leaflet (10)

Conference flyer:

Conference 2019 Flyer

Resources from Knife Crime Workshop

Pauline Weaver from the  Kings Norton Team led a Workshop on Knife Crime at the Birmingham Conference.

Please find the Resources from it here:

Lives Not Knives resource pack final

Appendix 2 Safe Spaces Flyer FINAL

appendix 1 service for lives not knives

 

Messy Church and Estates

 

Messy Churches on urban estates – research and discussion afternoon

Date: Saturday, 20 July 2019 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Holy Cross Church, Billesly Common, Birmingham B13 0NS

An opportunity to hear the results of Ellie Bloxham’s research into Messy Churches on urban estates and to discuss it with other people who are involved in Messy Churches on urban estates.

Click here to book a place

NECN Network London Conference – October 2019

National Estate Churches Network London Conference 2019

‘London Estate Churches – Rewriting the Story’

Thursday October 10th, 2019 10am to 4pm

St Thomas Kensal Town

An opportunity to be encouraged and resourced for estates ministry in London, as well as to share our good news and support each other in the challenges.

Programme for the day

10.00am Registration and Coffee
10.30am Welcome and Act of Worship, followed by an update from Andy Delmege on the NECN national Scene
11.15am Alan Everett and Mike Long – Responding to tragedy in our community (Grenfell)
12.00 Noon Comfort break
12:15pm Testimonies and Snapshots from Estate Churches
12:45pm Lunch (please bring your own or buy locally)
13:45pm ‘How Can Churches Rewrite the Story of Excluded Young People’
2:30pm Snapshots and Panel with questions

  • Getting Political: Working with an estate community to fight redevelopment plans
  • Doing Something New (Church Planting, etc)
  • Addressing Mental health and Isolation
  • Multi-Cultural Church: rewriting the historic story

3:30pm Final Response
4.00pm Depart or Stay to Network (Evening Prayer and Mass at 5pm)

Tea, coffee and water available throughout the day

To Book Your Ticket and for further details click here

 

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

generous support for estates ministry

NECN welcomes generous support from Allchurches Trust to support Estates Ministry.

The National Estate Churches Network welcomes a grant of over £155,000 from Allchurches Trust to build national support for Estates ministry.  This gives the Church of England some of the capacity it needs to build on the pledge it made at the February 2019 meeting of General Synod to ensure a loving, serving and worshipping Christian community on every significant social housing estate in the country.

Working with the Church of England’s Estates Evangelism Task Group, NECN will have increased capacity to help resource estate churches through supporting and establishing a growing network of local groups of estate church leaders; identifying and disseminating good quality resources for estate churches; commissioning new ones where there are gaps; and continuing to build a strong ecumenical coalition of partner organisations.

A key focus of this will be on encouraging ministry with children and young people.  NECN’s national conferences in June are a perfect opportunity to celebrate this and to begin the work.

The other key strand of the Allchurches Trust grant is for two learning pathway pilots in London and Birmingham which will enable up to 50 people from our estates to be trained as leaders in their churches in appropriate ways.

Canon Andy Delmege, Chair of NECN, said, “This grant comes at a critical juncture for the work of the Church on estates, at a time when residents and local services are under increasing pressure.  Our vision is of estate churches that are a point of community cohesion, support, nourishment, and, above all, a sign of hope for residents.”

Jeremy Noles, Allchurches Trust Grants Officer, said: “At the heart of our grant-giving is connecting churches with their communities and equipping them to meet the physical and spiritual needs of local people.

“Our grant to the National Church Estates Network is aimed at resourcing the growing network of estate church groups across the country, and developing leaders who will act as catalysts for building impactful community partnerships on estates in Birmingham and London, with the learnings from these pilots then providing a blueprint for a national network.

“The focus on encouraging ministry with children and young people is also a great fit with our new Growing Lives programme, which offers funding to churches and Christian organisations to help them connect with local families.”

 

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 day

A great day today with 30 or 40 estate church colleagues from Manchester at William Temple Church on Wythenshaw.

Thank you to Bishop Jill Duff and our own Andy Delmege for an inspiring afternoon . We were blessed by wisdom and encouragement.

A nourishing day full of poetry and Biblical images. Thanks to Stephen Edwards for organising and his work with the Group.

Training Revolution

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, but expecting to get different results, then we, the church, need to give ourselves a health check in the area of training.

If you’re from a non-academic, working class or estates background and you actually get your calling recognised by the church, then often you end up forced into a training pattern that just isn’t for you.

During my years of struggle through theological training, I’ve learnt that God doesn’t make mistakes. He didn’t make a mistake when he called an unschooled ordinary man to be the foundation of his church and he doesn’t make mistakes when calling people into leadership today. I wonder could it be us making the mistake in how we are trying to train those that God is calling?

There has to be change if we’re are going to take seriously the stats of today’s church. 60% of people in the UK identify as working class and yet are so underrepresented in the church, where 81% of its committed members have degrees, when the national average in only 27%. We urgently need leaders from non-middle class, non-university educated backgrounds, who can share the good news of Jesus with those who are not yet part of a church, so that they can hear the gospel in their own language.

If we are to reach the forgotten places and the forgotten people, we need pioneers who think outside of the box. Those who are just wired to do things differently, including the way that they need to be trained. We can’t afford to lose those whom God is calling just because they don’t fit into our current training structures.

Things don’t have to be the same. We can teach and learn in different ways. We can evidence learning in different ways. So why aren’t we doing this?

We don’t have to follow the same pattern of training followed by deployment. We can deploy and train at the same time, even if it takes longer and is messier.

I hear people say things are changing. In fact, I’ve said it myself. But it isn’t changing quickly enough if we don’t want to lose a generation of leaders whom God is calling to the margins.

When I watch my gifted and called daughter anxiously staring at a blank screen in a state of panic – in the same way I did – trying to write a theological reflection, when she was created to discuss it and share her learning verbally; my heart breaks for her and those like her whom God is calling – and for us, the church, who desperately need them.

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.