COVID-19

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • A Message from Canon Andy Delmege

    A pastoral message from Canon Andy Delmege, Vicar of St Bede’s Brandwood and Executive Director, National Estate Churches Network. Andy reflects upon a story from the Book of Daniel and introduces an oft-overlooked ancient prayer #infinitelyloved   #weprayforyou   #SongOfTheThree Andy can be followed on Twitter @pilgrimpace and @NECNestates https://youtu.be/qBSvVNnGI_g

  • 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 Mail to: diddydisciples@gmail.com

  • What  does it mean to be a Church on the Margins in a time of coronavirus? 

    A weekly space for shared reflection in these challenging times 2pm Thursday, for the next 4 weeks (2, 9, 16 and 23 April) https://being-a-church-on-the-margins.eventbrite.co.uk These are extraordinary times for all of us, but what does it mean to be a ‘church on the margins’ and to seek to be attentive to and inclusive of those on margins of ...

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.