Support for Children and Young People during COVID-19

St. Nicholas Church, Kings Norton

I am offering family worship on a Sunday, a daily craft and two lots of bed time stories live each day.  Parish wise we have evening and morning prayer each day and worship on a Sunday.  We are contacting everyone we have details for and where we have had postal addresses has sent postcards.

Pauline Weaver, St. Nicholas Church, Kings Norton

Support for Children
St Nicholas Church

Sport4Life

Sport4Life’s new delivery model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home — read more about it below

Support for Young People

While it remains unclear as to what the immediate future will bring, we are adapting the way we work to ensure we can continue to support young people, at a time when they need us the most.

This new model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Moving mentoring online

Mentoring Young People

Online mentoring through Google Hangouts and other virtual platforms, connects young people (aged 11-29) with experienced Sport 4 Life UK mentors to support them in making confident and informed decisions about their future.

Online mentoring is a supportive, structured relationship which helps young people develop skills and achieve their goals.

FREE offer to schools

Support for young people

With the closure of schools, colleges, and increased social distancing and isolation measures, we need to find new ways of supporting young people.

Online mentoring with Sport 4 Life UK is a FREE service for schools, helping to provide one-to-one support and structure to pupils (aged 11+), increase self-confidence and improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Using a variety of online and distance learning approaches, Sport 4 Life UK will work with schools to support the most vulnerable individual students staying at home, or provide group activities for those still in the classroom.

To learn more visit https://sport4life.org.uk/young-people/mentoring-support-for-schools/

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT YESTERDAY’S PROBLEM

Online qualifications with FREE bursaries

We need to make the most of our time in isolation, and there has never been a better time to learn a new skill or gain a qualification. It’s likely that after social isolation and distancing measures are over, the job market will be more competitive than ever. Give your CV a boost and yourself the edge by applying for one of the following qualifications:

  • Teaching Assistant with SEN focus
  • Car Mechanic training
  • Office Admin and Reception skills
  • British Sign Language Level 1 & 2
  • Nail Technician Online Diploma
  • Accountancy
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business and Admin Level 2
  • Working in the Health Sector Level 2
  • Beginners Guide to Property

Social media challenges

From toilet roll challenges to daily workout routines, we are encouraging people to get creative and active whilst at home.

We’re also running online workshops to support job searching, what makes a good CV and many more.

Help us spread the word by sharing, liking and engaging with our daily posts:

https://sport4life.org.uk

Ministry and Mission through You Tube and Zoom

Below are some of the ways in which leaders on the estates have been reaching out to their congregations during the COVID-19 lockdown.

I’m putting a service online as a Youtube playlist, with my videos interspersed with songs and hymns that are already on there, avoiding copyright issues or anyone having to listen to my singing. I’m finding that the music and the sermon are the two things that people are appreciating. If anyone can’t video, then putting together a Youtube playlist of music may be very much appreciated by congregations.

Jeremy Fagan


Much of ministry has now gone online – with Zoom being flavour of the month for most of us.  Here in Harlow that means that we are working with other churches a bit more closely – with talk of sharing worship resources through recorded songs and the like.
Pastoral care involves telephone calls, emails or text messages – whatever works for most effectively keeping in touch.  And we are drowning in advice, support and resources about effectively going online.
As a plus – perhaps at the end of this some of us may choose not to give up on our online presence.  If we have built up a following, perhaps we will continue to live-stream, only this time involving a congregation as well as the solitary service leader in a room.
Virtual meetings, on a more practical note – may be a good way forward for NECN.  We could gather people from different parts of the country without the need for any of us to leave our communities.  For busy Estate Ministers there is a time for gathering, and being encouraged, but there is also a time for staying put – but maybe still having an hour to fellowship with other Estate Ministers.  What about a Zoom fellowship for folk from different parts of the country but similar contexts?

from Darren McIndoe in Harlow

If you have any more ideas of what is working with your church communities please do get in touch, We would love to hear from you.

Diddy Disciples

Diddy Disciples
Diddy Disciples has:
– 6.45pm Compline led by children @DiddyDisciples on Facebook
– Diddy Disciples Podcasts: Bible Storytelling and Prayer at soundcloud.com/diddydisciples
– Good Friday Storytelling Resources at www.diddydisciples.org/samples
– As more resources gather, they will be signposted on Facebook and TwitterDiddyDisciples@DiddyDisciples

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund Application

For information: deadline 25th March

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by Martin Lewis to help those affected by the coronavirus. Small or local charities are able to apply to receive a grant of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects.

We’re especially interested in projects that directly help people affected by the effects of the virus, such as by giving access to food, toiletries, basic necessities, as well as community projects to help people in isolation.

We are looking for projects that can help people now, so will welcome applications for existing projects that could be scaled up with extra money or projects that are in the process of being set up.

Speed is of the essence so we encourage you to highlight your project’s objectives and outcomes concisely – consider using bullet points rather than lengthy answers. Data will only be used for the purpose of giving grants.

Apply here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1R3JX15FRwkrLuDYW8VugIkSNpkqG50aLgEgbkGJyXi4/viewform?edit_requested=true

Reaching the Unreachable 2020 Conference Summary Video

Reaching the Unreached 2020 Conference summary

Check out the You Tube video of people sharing highlights from this year’s Reaching the Unreachable Conference in London.

Here are some of the things people have said:

Ministry can be hard at times on the estates so it is great to be with people with similar struggles. The focus always needs to be on the Lord Jesus. Asking, “Is it worth it?” is the wrong question. Instead we need to asking, “Is he worth it?”

We need to keep looking to Jesus because he understands.

The size of the church doesn’t matter. God is still there doing God’s work. We are a light in the community.

“I came to faith when I heard the Bible being explained in council estate language.”

Mentoring for People Going Through the Discernment Process

Vocation Mentors

God calls people from all walks of life, and our ministers should reflect the society we are part of.

“We are working hard to support those from deprived backgrounds who are going through the discernment process by offering mentoring (https://www.churchofengland.org/mentors).

Feedback suggests that mentoring has built confidence amongst those from underrepresented groups.  But we need more mentors in order to make this as widely available as possible.  If anyone (ordained or lay but with some understanding of the discernment process) would be willing to volunteer for this role, we have training sessions available in March, May, July and September and a Mentor gathering with ++Justin at Lambeth Palace in November.

We would dearly love to have more mentors with estates experience to add to our resource here.  Any help you can offer would be invaluable”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please visit https://www.churchofengland.org/mentoring 

This link will give details of mentor training days around the country and there is a contact form to complete.

Estates Prayer

Estates Prayer

The Bishop of Burnley, the Right Reverend Philip North has written a prayer for the estates. On Saturday 22nd February people will be saying this prayer for the estates across the country. This will be the first anniversary of the Church of England Synod motion to have a loving Christian community on every urban estate in the nation.

Can we encourage you to join us. You might want to do a prayer walk for your neighbourhood or your street.

You can find out more by clicking on this You Tube link to the Neighbourhood Prayer Network.

finding the treasure – more estate church podcasts

NECN Chair, Lynne Cullens, writes:

In what ways is the Church being called to transformation by those currently marginalised within its structures, by those on our estates?

Privileged to be part of this podcast discussion ‘Finding the Treasure – Good News from the Estates’, chaired by Jamie Hawkey, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey; this is the culmination of a two year project from the CofE’s Estates Theology Group, pairing up local ministers with academic theologians and helping churches and their neighbours to listen and to reflect on what gifts God has given them to share.

Some sound bites…
“Alternative readings bring out aspects of scripture that couldn’t be seen by others; I would love to put the Bible in the hands of working-class people, of people from estates, and have them teach the Church how to read in the way that they might read” Dr Justin Stratis.

“We are each other’s shining touch; if one of us is down the others will pick us up” Natalie from Rubery

“Another legacy for the Church must be enduring and hot anger at injustice; our listening must never be complacent, we’ve found people living with radical social injustices, we should be angry about that…because in the end we are about transformation” Bishop Philip North.

“The boundary is the place we are transformed…to able to dance on the edges, to learn a new dance together, to be transformed by that participation feels like a necessary and rich thing” Revd Claire Turner

This and the other podcasts in the series are recommended listening for those interested in estates ministry and in the Church’s reorientation to face those currently on its margins.

Huge thanks to Al Barrett for the continued inspiration, as well as for the invitation to take part.

Listen to the podcast here

Proximity Network: a network for every disadvantaged neighbourhood

Network for every estate

The Proximity Network is a network of ministries and missionaries for every disadvantaged neighbourhood in our nation. We have now mapped over 4000 ministries to the poor across the UK but we still have a way to go. We have done this in two phases;

Phase One: Map those ministries and missionaries actively working in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. These will be categorised in eight different ways based on the governments indices of deprivation statistics released in 2019 – Crime, Education, Housing, Food, Debt, Health, Employment and Community.

Phase Two: Create a web-based platform to seek to achieve three things:

 RESOURCE: Offer those on the frontline the means to sustain and advance their ministry by providing relevant resources including blogs, vlogs, Bible reading plans, audio books, best practice application, neighbourhood exegesis resources, inspirational books, webinars and conferences.

RELATE: Provide members with a mechanism to interrelate, cross pollinate, share best practice and support and work more strategically together in partnership.

RELEASE: Establish a list of disadvantaged areas that appear to be under resourced and work strategically to send and support new ministries willing to fill the gaps.

I’d love you to help me in four ways;

 1. Sign up on the website which is https://proximity.network/

2. Map your individual ministries

3. Like our facebook page and follow us on twitter

4. Share this with anyone you know who is ministering to the poorest in our nation

Your help is so appreciated!

God Bless,

Sam Ward

To find out more about Sam’s heart and vision for this mission check him out on this clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k2iip17syU

Estate
A network looking to serve every estate.

We want to help your church change lives

The Cinnamon Network
Cinnamon Network has recently been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to help local churches support their communities.

In Autumn 2020 we’ll be launching an interactive online toolkit and app to help churches develop social action strategies that meet the most pressing needs in their local areas.

In addition, Cinnamon Advisors will be providing personalised support to help a number of churches develop their social action vision and action plan.

If your church wants to do more social action, then we’d love to hear from you.

At Cinnamon, our goal is to make it as easy as possible for local churches to set up sustainable social action projects, find funding and get the right support and training to make a positive impact in their local area.

Whether you’re an established church reviewing its community engagement, or a new church plant stepping out into social action for the first time, then we can help.

We can provide: – one-to-one and group support with Cinnamon Advisors – peer support and shared learning opportunities with other churches – an opportunity to help us develop our interactive toolkit and have first access to this new resource – access to our Cinnamon Leadership Training programme – access to a bespoke training programmes both online and in person to support various aspects of church, community and civic engagement

We’re looking to work with churches in urban, rural and coastal communities.

If your church is interested in receiving support, then please get in touch with the Jonny Gios, the Cinnamon Advisor in your region at Jonnygios@cinnamonnetwork.co.uk

If you would like to download a copy of this information please click on the link below:

The Cinnamon Network