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

  • How to create a phone number which plays podcasts and sermons If a lot of your parishioners can’t access the internet this handy link above gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own own phone-line. Its free for people to ring.

  • Free Webinar for Churches Responding to Homelessness

    This is a  call to alms – Zoominar with the Rt Rev Bishop Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington. Free webinar – Wednesday 3rd June, 3 or 6 pm For Churches wanting to engage with the homeless in response to COVID-19 To register for this event please visit: Why do churches need to be concerned? Thousands of ‘rough-sleepers’ have been moved ...

  • 7 Steps for Evangelism in a time of Coronavirus

    Leading Your Church into Growth have created a leaflet with seven simple steps for evangelism in this time of coronavirus. This is meant to be a light and encouraging document for hard working clergy, and we thought that it might encourage some of you. You can take this and use it as you see fit with colleagues in your ...

  • Getting Creative with Good News

    Brunswick Parish Church in Manchester have been sharing how they have been creative in keeping the church community going. One way they have been reaching is by the Cake Fairies delivering cakes to elderly or vulnerable people. You can read more about this story on this link–events/the-cake-fairies-have-been-at-it-again ‘Altogether Church’ services are running via Zoom on Sundays ...

  • Conference News – now online on July 1st

    Dear Friends, lots of love and prayers to you at this time. As you will know, NECN had planned Conferences in early June.  In the light of the lockdown we have made the decision to cancel these. Instead, we will be having a free Online Conference on Wednesday July 1st.  Please save the date. We will be sticking with ...


    The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups during this period. For more details visit: Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme

  • EXTERNAL FUNDING (20-4-2020) Covid-19 Crisis Response

    SPECIFIC FUNDING Birmingham City Council Grants up to £10,000 for community grants to help children and families Greggs Coronavirus Emergency Appeal Grants up to £500 for food parcel support Halifax Foundation Grants from £1,000 – £50,000 for Community Group Activities and Benefits (Covid-19 activities prioritised)      community-at-this-time-of-crisis-will-be-prioritised-and-turned-around-as-quickly-as-possible?mc_cid=33a4718109&mc_eid=e1e7976521 Antonio Carluccio Foundation Grants up to £10,000 to agencies operating in the food industry Sylvia ...

  • Children and Families in Estates – Coronavirus Opportunities

    Children and Families in Estates - Coronavirus Opportunities

    In these unprecedented times are you able to connect with Children & Families?

  • Beatitudes for a Global Pandemic

    with thanks to Jayne Manfredi and Dave Walker

  • resources for renewal

    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.

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  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