Welcome everybody. These are the powerpoint slides you need for the #NECN2020 conference presentation by Steve Summers. Don’t worry if this doesn’t make any sense to you yet, they are for the zoom on 1st of July.
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.
Kids Matter has a vision to see every child in need raised in a strong family. We engage local churches to use relational, evidence informed programmes to equip parents and carers in the community who are facing disadvantages with confidence, competence and community enabling their children to thrive. Everything we do is focused on the country’s vulnerable children. We train peer facilitators from churches and they provide ongoing support and supervision to run the programme, help churches connect with new families and to support churches to continue to build relationships with families who have been on the programme.
The parenting groups are small with no more than 4 – 8 parents. The atmosphere is informal, it is always sitting around a table together over coffee, tea and pastries, working together with user-friendly and evidence-informed booklets, all led by the trained peer facilitator from the local church. The programme has been adapted so that it can run via group video calls, along with the facilitator training which is also available online. Even though currently we can’t all sit around a table with tea and coffee we still very much encourage our facilitators to create a warm hospitable atmosphere through zoom, one facilitator even delivered biscuits to each of the participants homes beforehand
You can find out all about kids matter here (www.kidsmatter.org) where you will also find free resources that you can use with families.
Here are few comments on the impact of Kids Matter parenting programmes.
‘These weeks have been a real journey for our family, my 4 year old now says ‘I love you mummy’, he never used to do that before.’
‘It’s helped me massively to realise it’s ok to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Talking to others and realising I am not alone’
‘I realised the importance of eating together as a family we never did that when I was growing up and I felt like my mum didn’t know me.’
‘Kids Matter has proved to be an excellent way to help churches engage with families and caregivers, particularly in areas where family life is a struggle. I would recommend any church looking to nd ways to connect with parents in their parish to explore Kids Matter.’ Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin. Bishop of Kensington
We’re excited that Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference is moving online on Thursday 25 June.
We are seizing the opportunity to gather to explore the possibilities and challenges of multiplying disciples, churches and networks in this new reality. We are bringing together movement leaders and speakers from England and further afield, as well as testimonies from church planters who are breaking new ground.
Thursday 25 June
Morning main sessions
Afternoon interactive options
(more details to follow)
Join us online to hear movement leaders andspeakers presented on YouTube and via Zoom, along with seminars and stories from church planters.
We are creating an online experience to equip, stimulate and inspire you for the next season of ministry. Learning together, we will explore turning increased online attendance into discipleship, growth and multiplying churches.
More details to follow on speakers, interactive seminars and making the most of our time together.
With every blessing and prayers for you and your families at this time,
Bishop Ric and the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication
Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference
Early bird: £20
(ends midnight of 30/04/2020)
Full price: £25
Group ticket for team of 10: £75
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 www.curbsproject.org.uk 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 email@example.com
Or phone 07766020524
Or follow on facebook @curbsproject
Our friend Gillian Ahlgren, who spoke at the NECN Conferences a few years ago, is posting some excellent reflections on how we can spiritually flourish during this time of difficulty and crisis. Read them here in the Resources for Renewal Blog.
Here is a really helpful resource on helping people in financial crisis produced by Capital Mass and Just Finance Black Country
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
Sport4Life’s new delivery model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home — read more about it below
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
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
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
- 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:
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.
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.