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.
Are you up for a challenge? Do you believe God can transform even the toughest of situations? If not, read no further!
Bransholme is a large outer estate parish of over 13,000 people in East Hull, with all the opportunities and difficulties that such places offer. We have a small but committed congregation who believe that God has great plans for us. We have major problems with our building and are looking to re-shape and renew it over the next 5 years.
Our community needs someone who will love them and be committed to them; our church needs this too plus a leader who can help us to realise all of the God-given opportunities around us. We are quite informal in the way we do church and are looking for a Vicar who can cope with a bit of chaos and uncertainty.
We are seeking a new Vicar who will :
Be full of courage, love and faith
Be outward looking, leading us in mission and evangelism
Care for our congregation and community
Bring direction to our building project
We believe that God is calling someone to join us who will make a real difference to our parish. We can’t promise it will all be easy but we’ll pray for you, support you when its tough and rejoice at what we see God do through you. We can’t wait to meet you!
Informal enquiries are welcome. Please contact:
The Ven Andy Broom, Archdeacon of the East Riding T: 01482 881659
The Parish Profile and further details can be found at:
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 diocese.
They are offering a 2 hour webinar to diocese based on these called ‘Talking about the ‘E-word’ in a time of coronavirus’. This webinar will be interactive with breakout groups and Q&A sessions. Get in touch if you would like this in your diocese and they will work toward making it happen.
Finally, you may have some good practice in this area that you can share with others. At the bottom of the link to the document there is a link (also here) This is a page on the Leading Your Church into Growth blog that has link to various helpful ‘how-to’ guides that may help or inspire.
To download the 7 Steps for Evangelism document please click on:
Proximity Conference is always a highlight of our year here at Eden, and whilst we can’t meet in person this year I’m excited to let you know that the conference is still going to happen, we’re just moving it online!
On Friday 15 May join us for a day of being equipped and encouraged for urban mission. Together we’ll explore what our mission may look like in a world that is very different to normal, and how our call to ‘Come Follow Me’ can change the lives of our neighbours, friends and communities.
The day will be packed with first class teaching, seminars and conversations from leading national and international speakers including:
Shane Claiborne, prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author who also heads up Red Letter Christians
Danielle Strickland, passionate justice advocate, peacemaker and international speaker who challenges and inspires people to live differently
Andy Hawthorne, founder and CEO of The Message Trust
Sam Ward, Director of Ministry at The Message Trust
Sarah Small, Head of the Eden Network
Bishop Philip North, Bishop of Blackburn
Natalie Williams, Jubilee Plus
Ash Barker, Red Letter Christians
It’s really easy to be part of the Proximity Conference you just need to follow three simple steps:
1. Head to the Eden Network’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
2. Like these pages and make sure we can tell you what’s happening by enabling the notifications.
3. Set time aside on Friday 15 May to watch the great teaching and be encouraged and equipped for mission. And if you happen to be busy on the 15th all of the teaching will be available for you to watch at a later date.
We do hope that you can join us for the day and do tell your friends about it too.
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.
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.
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.
Check out the You Tube video of people sharing highlights from this year’s Reaching the Unreachable Conference in London.
Here are some of the things people have said:
Ministry can be hard at times on the estates so it is great to be with people with similar struggles. The focus always needs to be on the Lord Jesus. Asking, “Is it worth it?” is the wrong question. Instead we need to asking, “Is he worth it?”
We need to keep looking to Jesus because he understands.
The size of the church doesn’t matter. God is still there doing God’s work. We are a light in the community.
“I came to faith when I heard the Bible being explained in council estate language.”
This is an exciting opportunity for a pioneering Lead Evangelist in this industrial area in Oldbury, on the west Birmingham border. This includes areas of significant deprivation, made up principally of urban estates.
You are excited by living and working amongst people deeply disconnected from church, and by helping them to discover the joy and freedom of faith in Jesus Christ. You want to build new relevant Christian communities amongst and with them.
You will communicate the good news by word, action and lifestyle, as one of two evangelists working within a new Centre of Mission established by Church of England Birmingham and Church Army. One particular, but not exclusive, focus will be younger generations: parents, children, young people, and young adults.
The successful candidate will be an innovator who gets new evangelistic projects going, and enjoys gathering and encouraging small teams. If you’re passionate about unlocking God’s potential in people’s lives, please apply.
“Urban Mission, another tilt” will be a joint day with the Nazarene Theological College looking at aspects of urban mission and ministry, such as calling, context and training. In its 24 years Urban Presence has seen many encouraging new initiatives and ministries with the “high’hanging fruit” of our inner-urban and outer estate areas of deprivation.
But, there remains a basic inequality of where God’s people are located in relation to where most of the people of our cities live.
Are we missing something or doing something wrong?
This day is for church leaders, activists, trainers and educators to look again at the specifics of this context, the nature of calling to these areas and appropriate practical training for those who seek to serve there.
Free, but advance booking only. Lunch and refreshments included.