COVID-19

This page will be updated with news about the impact of Coronavirus on our work. Please check for updates.

  • Fundraising support for churches during COVID-19 and beyond

    During these difficult times Ecclesiastical Insurance  in collaboration with fundraising specialists, the Philanthropy Company, have put together really helpful advice and support resources to help you to fundraise for your church community. Top tips First of all there is a checklist of top tips for how to begin fundraising. A link to this page can be found ...

  • Poverty in the Pandemic

    Coronavirus has turned the lives of families with children upside down. Millions of parents have lost jobs, or been furloughed with few guarantees of a job to return to. Schools and childcare facilities have largely been closed since the start of the pandemic, and many parents have been facing the almost impossible task of trying ...

  • What will you do to end homelessness?

    “Not having a secure home means not being able to set roots in a place, become part of a community and flourish in the ways that we are meant to. As churches there are many things that we can do to help prevent people falling into the sort of situations that I found myself in. ...

  • Retreats at Home during COVID-19 and beyond

      Are you looking for an alternative way to deepening your prayer life or do you know people who long to draw closer to Jesus? Residential retreats are very expensive and not always feel possible for people who may have family or work commitments. Many retreat centres are closed due to COVID-19, though some are beginning to ...

  • Christians Against Poverty launch resources page in response to COVID-19

    Christians Against Poverty is a charity which equips churches to help people come out of poverty. They have gathered a number of resources to help churches resource our communities as the impact of COVID-19 begins to be felt with rising levels of poverty. This includes Information on Government and industry support Signposting to organisations providing additional specialist support, ...

  • Online Talking Jesus course free till end of August 2020

    During COVID-19 the Talking Jesus course created by Hope Together will be free until the end of August 2020. This is a practical 6 session course which can now be shared with groups online about how to tell others about Jesus. Simply click here and follow the instructions to register your group to the free course. ...

  • Holiday Hunger August 2020

    The Methodist Children, Youth and Family Team recently partnered with Joint Public Issues Team and Transforming Lives for Good for a Holiday Hunger Focus Week. JPIT’s Paul Morrison wrote the following blog to support it: www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/?s=holiday+hunger The Trussell Trust has seen an 89% increase in the use of food banks since April 2019. This figure rises ...

  • Residential Conferences return for Leading your Church into Growth

    Government guidelines and restrictions remain firmly in place whilst COVID-19 is with us for our safety. As restrictions ease the organisers of Leading your Church onto Growth look forward to being able to offer residential conferences again in October and November. Conferences will be hosted by the Christian Conference Trust (CCT) who will ensure that the ...

  • ‘This estate we’re in’ by Al Barrett

    From time to time it is good to stimulate  ideas and our own theological reflections on living and working as communities on estates and urban areas. This is especially important at the moment when face-to-face meetings are limited due to COVID-19. In this section of our blog we hope to signpost you to other excellent blogs ...

  • Jesus Shaped People and COVID-19

    Jesus Shaped People is a programme to develop the discipleship of small, estate churches and communities from social housing and inner estates. Sample resources can be downloaded from https://www.jesusshapedpeople.net/  Jesus Shaped People have been producing resources for churches now living with the fall-out from COVID-19. A link a video clip explaining more can be found here. New resources ...

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are writing to you with prayers and love at this time of crisis.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us very deeply.  We know only too well how it is touching us, our communities, our families and our Churches.  This is an extremely difficult time, and we know that you are all working really hard trying to work out the best way to be Church when we can’t meet physically, trying to figure out how we can continue to serve our communities, putting in place some mechanisms of care.

At NECN, we are praying for you.  We are thinking of ways in which we can offer one another helpful support.  If you have time, could you share stories and examples of what is working in your Church and your community?  It would be a wonderful resource to get things into each others hands.  If you are able to do this, please email Christine at  christinem@cofebirmingham.com  or put something on the Facebook page.
We will post things on our website here please keep an eye on this page for news.

One really important thing at the moment is that we don’t feel guilty about the things we can’t do.  We need to be looking after our own physical, mental and spiritual health so that we can be serving others.  And it is increasingly apparent that this will be a marathon and not a sprint.  If you can’t livestream your services, don’t worry – just publicise links to churches that are doing this, and work out other ways of keeping in touch with people.  We are all making this up as we go along, we are all making mistakes, and this is all very provisional.

Let’s continue to be a community that supports one another.  Let us know if you have any particular prayer requests or questions.  Please remember that although we might be physically isolated, we are not alone.  God is with us and we have each other.

We will be in touch again after Easter, when things have hopefully settled down a little, with some ideas of how NECN can continue to be a family and support Estate Churches through the internet, through our local groups, and through conferences and webinars.

With love and prayers,

Andy, Lynne, Sara and Christine.

 

All Churches Trust