In Conversation with Pioneers

The National Anglican Community of Pioneers are hosting 2 events in July to support those engaged in mission and ministry to think through what this might look like in their context beyond lockdown.  It will offer opportunity to discuss how to navigate this journey as much as exploring possible destinations. These are repeat sessions and are aimed at leaders who wouldn’t consider themselves to be ‘pioneers’ (listening to their community, serving and journeying with them and forming a new expression of church around them – beyond the walls of existing church) but would like to draw on the wisdom of those who are. It will be an opportunity to meet with experienced pioneer practitioners and to be part of the conversation through guided breakout rooms.

Book now via Eventbrite as places will be limited to ensure an interactive experience. These sessions are repeat sessions.

Thursday 9th July 10.30am-12pm

Tuesday 14th July 7.45pm-9.15pm

For more information email  

The National Anglican Community of Pioneers supports all those who are exploring a pioneer approach to mission and ministry in the Church of England – whether that’s full time, part time, spare time, paid, unpaid, lay or ordained. Its aim is to connect and support pioneers through an online community and by regular digital and physical meet ups, often with guest speakers. It also seeks to advocate for key pioneer issues within the Anglican Church.

If you would like to find out more, please email stating whether you would like to receive information about Community Membership (intentionally and actively pioneering in some way) or General Events/Information.

Give a Box of Hope

Transforming Lives for Good

You may have already heard of the difference that TLG ‘Boxes of Hope’ are making across the UK – over 30,000 meals already provided to families struggling to eat at this time. Within the chaos of the corona virus, God continues to call local churches to support their community and spread His hope.

Boxes of Hope

These care packages contain both food and activity ideas for children; they aim to meet families’ physical and emotional needs in such a challenging time. We have guidelines, resources to include, ways of tracking impact and start-up funding of £200 to help churches launch.

If you would like the opportunity to join Boxes of Hope, click below on the  weblink with more info:

We hope it could really equip churches in their support to families over the summer.

We will soon be  running an additional project to support the local church: Emotional First Aid. Emotional First Aid will be a FREE and easy to understand online training and resource that equips people to support those struggling with their emotional and mental health as a result of this pandemic. These webinars will help individuals and organisation to see and understand emotional signals, and know how to respond to them effectively.

Rob Stevenette

Head of Church Partnership TLG

London Conference 2020 – Save the Date

The NECN London Regional Conference will take place on 8th October 2020.

 Local Leadership, COVID-19 and our Estates

This will be taking place online this year with a mix of speakers, panel and group discussions looking at the theme of:

  • Raising up local leaders on estates
  • How our churches have and can respond to COVID-19

To register your interest for more information contact:

To download the flyer click the link below:

NECN London 2020 – Save the Date

Chelmsford Diocese Estate Churches Network Email Conference 2020

News from the estates
St Luke’s Church and School

The Chelmsford Diocese NECN Group had planned a physical conference for 25th March 2020. However, when COVID-19 struck this wasn’t possible. Instead they decided to have an email conference. Written presentations were circulated by email around 40 lay workers and clergy in estate parishes in the Chelmsford Diocese. The overall theme was “Growing the Estate Church”. Questions and answers were also circulated by email.

People responded very well to the email conference with lots of rich sharing and stories of growth on the estates.  Prayer, local partnerships and collaboration and reaching out to the community with fun days are some of the ways in which churches have grown sustainably to meet local needs.

Stories have been shared from St Luke’s Church in Canning Town, St Stephen’s in Tye Green and The Pioneer Hub in Colchester. We can also report good news from Through Faith Missions. The Archdeacon of Southend, Ven. Mike Lodge reported on the Estates Evangelism Task Group Conference he attended in January 2020.

Through Faith Mission Fun Day
Through Faith Mission Fun Day

If you would like to read the full report to download the PDF please click:

Chelmsford Email Conference 2020

How to create a phone number which plays podcasts and sermons

Coronavirus: Create A Phone Number Which Plays Podcasts or Sermon Recordings Over the Phone

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.

Getting Creative with Good News

Brunswick Parish Church in Manchester have been sharing how they have been creative in keeping the church community going.

Cake Fairies

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 which you can find out how to join if you click here

Junior and Senior Sunday School and the Young People’s group have kept going thanks to some brilliant resources made for home use. If you would like to find out more about these and to watch a great homemade movie visit–events/sunday-school-continues-just-not-necessarily-on-sunday

Brunswick Parish Church are also doing lot of ‘Mission With stuff such as hosting free takeaway hot meals supplied by ‘Feed My City’ (‘Brunswick Beestro’) and have individuals involved with Ardwick Mutual Aid Group.

For more details visit–events#

Creative Church

How is your church responding to COVID-19 on your estate? What good news have you to share about how God is at work in your community? Please do get in touch with us as we would love to hear your story and to put it out there.

London Estates Churches and Estates Mission – Zoom Gathering Tuesday 12 May 10.30am to 12 noon

At this time of needing to change and adapt quickly it seems somewhat of a blessing to be leading a “rubber dingy” of an estates church, that’s super flexible, even if it does leave you feeling rather vulnerable. I’m very keen to hear from others in similar situations what’s working, what’s not and your concerns moving forward, in addition to hearing what God is saying to us collectively, that we may need to give voice to together as we look to the future.
If you’re interested in joining in with this encouraging and non-competitive 90min Zoom Gathering, please email Ash Chafe at for the log on details.
London Estates Churches


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


  • 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 Adams Charitable Trust – COVID Early Years Preventative Work

Grants up to £5,000 for charities working with children 0-3 -year olds – Closing date 28th April

  • Persimmon – Community Champions

   Grants up to £1000 to support the over 70’s

  • HEART OF ENGLAND – £1,500

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Resilience Fund

  • John Lewis Partnership (UK)

Name of Fund: Community Support Fund (details ongoing)

  • Arts Council England

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Support to organizations and individuals (details ongoing)

  • Heritage Emergency Fund (three to six-month duration)

Organizations can access over the next three-six months as short-term funding to stabilize operations and manage       unforeseen risks.

  • Sport England Emergency Fund

To help community sport and physical activity organizations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

  • Cloth Workers Foundation

Small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services

  • Cadent Foundation –

CLOSES 31st May – (open for general community projects including Covid 19 activities)

  • Crisis Homeless Fund

Grants of £5,000 for short term responses & £50,000 for long term needs on expansion or change in service delivery

  • Elton John Aids Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund (Closing date 23rd April)

Aims to support lifesaving interventions to help mitigate adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV response efforts   

  • Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust

           Grants to help parents & carers who have worked in the UK. fashion or textile industry & whose household income has reduced due to coronavirus outbreak


  • Help Musicians UK

Applications of £500. to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians are currently facing due to their mounting household expenses.

  • Princes Trust and Natwest

To help young entrepreneurs (18-30) across the UK to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Tesco’s Bags of Help – Covid 19 Communities Fund

£500 for organocations that support vulnerable residents

  • Thomas Pocklington Trust – Emergency Covid19 Support

Charities dealing with blind or partially sighted clients. Grants up to £10,000 to include new initiatives or core costs up to two months running costs

  • LeatherSellers Company

Grants up to £3,000 for projects on homelessness, food provision, domestic abuse, nursing care

  • The Yap Charitable Trust

Grants up to £3,000 for Charities with an income below £40,000 per annum

  • Local Giving

Grants up to £500 for organizations to provide physical activity (including remotely)

  • Neighbourly Fund

Only open to current Neighbourly Members. Grants up to £400 for neighborhoods affected by the Covid Virus

  • The Raft Foundation

Only Open to current recipients. Grants up to £5,000 to enable group resilience through the current crisis

  • Standard Life Foundation

Only Open to current recipients (or previous applicants) Grants from £5,000+ on financial inclusion

  • Youth Futures Foundation

Ongoing, long term support for youth employment. Grants for £30,000- £800,000

The biggest of the local funders such as Big Lottery / Sport England / Tudor Trust / Esmee Fairbairn/ Henry   Smith / Comic Relief, have all offered assurances that their funding will be flexible in the current crisis. Groups in receipt of funding should contact their respective Project Officers


  • NCVO



NAT WEST – Loans up to £5,000,000 interest free for first 12 months

BIG SOCIETY CAPITAL- – £100m to be released



  • CAF Coronavirus Fund – Applications up to £10,000

  • Youth Music Network

To offer additional support to music making organizations. Grants up to £10,00 (first round closing date 9th April)

  • UFI Charitable Trust (UK)

Name of Fund:  VocTech Now (To assist Vocational Training Providers to Digital   – Closing date – 6th April 2020      


  • WM Funders Network




  • NCVO


       Neighbourhood Development and Support Unit


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.