Praxis Labs Centre for Hope and Activism

Praxis Labs run courses to help you turn your faith into action. They are starting another one on 8 April. It’s hugely accessible, really inspiring and welcomes all theological perspectives. It’s also ‘pay as you can afford’ and so accessible from a finance perspective too.

Praxis Labs

“As lockdown (hopefully) comes to an end in the next few months, you might be thinking through what activities you’ll do when things open up. Maybe you feel that God wants you to start something new, or revisit some of the things you did pre-covid – or maybe you want to get more engaged in justice and activism but don’t know how to get going. 

If that’s you, can I recommend the Labs course from the Praxis Centre (home of the Hopeful Activists’ Podcast)? It’ll give you space to reflect and plan in light of God’s big story while hearing from some excellent activists and theologians. Starts on 8 April. They’re a great bunch :)”

Rich, Founder of Praxis Labs

Find out more at www.praxiscentre.org/labs.

Who’s Who @NECN

Over the coming months we are going to take a look at who the Trustees of NECN are, their passions, their skills and what they get up to in and out of NECN.

If you would like to get more involved, feel you have passion or skills which could be useful please do get in touch. We have work streams as well as trustee opportunities.

Introducing Andy Dorton – Trustee

 

Andy Dorton

I’m one of the older, possibly oldest of the NECN trustees and in this situation, like many others now, I find myself saying ‘I’ve been around a while’.  I’ve worked for the C of E for over 30 years but I’m not and have never wanted or felt called to be vicarated.   I did have to argue quite strenuously to be allowed to live on an outer-housing estate… ‘it’s a bad investment’, so I bought my own place…. so since 1994 we’ve been right on the northern edge of Hull on its outer-most estate.   It’s long story but the children grew up great.   There never has been a church-meeting on this 2000 house estate (a subset of a much bigger one, in name at least) that has stuck here until four years ago… we must all be reaching maturity, or something.

We created an ‘outer-estates group’ in Hull nearly 30 years ago and its one of those wells, oases – or your favourite analogy – that has kept me and I think a few changing others re-energised when the need arose.   It’s a pretty flaky thing, but I have a few seminal sets of notes I love my brothers and sisters for.

Making spaces to think, to listen, to work things out a bit together – no pressure, light structures, no/low rent bosses – has been quite a lot of what it seems I’ve done over the years.   I guess I’ve got one more big, employed ride around ‘what does the future hold now’ world left in me.   “Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow; things should start to get interesting right about now” as Bob would say.   I hope so.

Who’s who @NECN

Over the coming months we are going to take a look at who the Trustees of NECN are, their passions, their skills and what they get up to in and out of NECN.

If you would like to get more involved, feel you have passion or skills which could be useful please do get in touch. We have work streams as well as trustee opportunities.

Introducing Robb Sutherland – Trustee

Vicar of Mixenden and Illingworth in North Halifax.

I spent my first three years as the first-time vicar of an estates church feeling quite isolated.  I was surrounded by ministers who were having completely different experiences to mine.  My colleagues are wonderfully supportive but my experience doesn’t easily correlate to that of The Minster.  I was introduced to NECN by a chance encounter a few years ago.  Discovering this network of people who share a similar life and growing a local network of practitioners, lay and  ordained has been an empowering experience.

I grew up in a mining family and married the vicar’s daughter of an estates church in Leeds.  That church community taught me the Christian faith and the love and generosity that truly comes from people who have little but give everything.  In hindsight it was probably inevitable that once ordained I would follow the call to a similarly wonderful estates church parish with all of our ups and downs.  It is my hope that in the coming years that NECN will grow as a supportive community, as well as a becoming a national voice for people on the margins.
Robb is a trustee of NECN and a member of the Estates Evangelism Task Group as part of Renewal and Reform.  He blogs at www.changingworship.com
 

Sara Barron NECN Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of NECN are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, the Revd Sara Barron.  Sara comes to NECN as a former trustee and Vice-Chair and brings with her a wealth of experience of, and passion for, estates ministry.  She introduces herself below and she will take up her role in January 2021.

As a Board, we are very much looking forward to Sara leading us in this next phase of NECN’s life and development, and we continue to be grateful to Allchurches Trust for their generous funding which enables us to develop our work in supporting estate churches, practitioners and evangelism nationally.

New Executive Director for NECN

I am excited to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of NECN. I am looking forward to getting to know lots of you but here is a little bit about me.

I am married to Barney, we have four children and are both Baptist ministers. We moved to Cornwall 2 years ago to a missional listening role in the economically poorest county in England. However, previous to that I lived and worked for 16 years in a large estate of 33,000 called Leigh Park, close to the city of Portsmouth. Here we started ‘Café Church’, a place for those who had no experience of church to come and explore the gospel story. The last few years in the estate, having established the church, I worked as a pioneer for the Diocese of Portsmouth to grow new and different work with the local schools and addressing food poverty, amongst other things.

Alongside that for the last 5 years I have worked for Curbs project (Children in URBan Situations), a small charity which resources, trains, and supports those working in urban and estates ministry with children and families. During my time in Leigh Park, I got involved with NECN and became a trustee and later Vice Chair. This gave me an opportunity to be involved with the Estates Evangelism Task Group as it forged a strategic plan to encourage flourishing Christian presence on every estate. I am excited about NECN’s role in supporting and encouraging those called to serve in our countries’ housing estates.

Please be in touch if you would like to share your story of estate ministry or join one of our many local support groups around the country. I look forward to sharing my love and passion for estates ministry.

 

Vacancy: Church Leader (Estate Church Plant) Barton Community Church

Christian Vocations

 

Barton Community Church are looking for a woman or man to move into Barton to lead our 10-year-old church plant and help the experienced team make the most of the mission opportunities ahead. Good character and proven leadership skills are essential, being an accredited minister is not.

Salary: £35.5k
Location: Barton estate, Oxford

Find out more about Barton Community Church at https://www.bartoncommunitychurch.org/

For details about what the role involves, who they are looking for and how to apply visit https://globalconnections.org.uk/vocations/uk-jobs/83384

 

 

Urban Ministry support from New Wine

New WIne

New Wine is a network of different Christian denominations which empowers and equips Christian leaders to spread the good news of God’s Kingdom.  Learning materials can be adapted to suit local situations.

During the pandemic Christians from the network have kept in touch with each other and have shared inspiring stories of how they have led people to Jesus by phone conversations or through another device. You can read the latest blog here.

Leadership Network and Urban Ministry

Church leaders can join the New Wine Leadership Network for free. Support offered by the network includes

  • Pastoral prayer
  • Regional connections and support
  • Training and coaching
  • Mentoring

Your focus would continue to be on your local community.

New Wine also offers specific support to you if you minister in an inner city or an outer estate through events, resources and local support.

Do get in touch with Andrew Jolley if your heart is with urban ministry on https://www.new-wine.org/network/urban-ministry

Vacancy: Oversight Minister East Central Rotherham Mission Area

 

 

An exciting new stipendiary role has been created in an established mission area of three parishes serving a diverse socio-economic context.

The Diocese of Sheffield is looking for a priest with a passion for urban mission and a commitment to work creatively to meet new challenges. With Lowest Income Communities funding, they are able to make this new appointment to be based at St James Clifton, one of the most deprived parishes in the diocese, sharing with an ordained colleague in the oversight of the parish churches of Clifton, Herringthorpe and Whiston.

The successful candidate will be licensed as Priest in Charge of Clifton and Associate Priest at Herringthorpe and Whiston, and will nurture the whole people of God to realise the Diocesan strategy to be a flourishing and generous diocese that is Renewed, Released and Rejuvenated.

To view the advert please click on the link to the PDF below:

Oversight Minister

FOR AN INFORMAL CHAT, CONTACT:

Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham, the Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain 07740 198806

FOR AN INFORMATION PACK VISIT:

www.sheffield.anglican.org/clergy-vacancies

Please send completed applications to The Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham at archdeacons.office@Sheffield.anglican.org by 5:00pm on Thursday 1st October.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 22nd October .

This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

London Conference 2020 – Save the Date

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

Look out for #NECNLondon2020 on social media.

 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

NECN is privileged to have the Revd Dr Chigor Chike, Vicar of Emmanuel Church Forest Gate, Chair of the Anglican Minority Ethnic Network and interim National Advisor for Minority Ethnic Anglican concerns, as a keynote speaker.

Revd Chike said ‘I am looking forward to the Estate Churches Conference.  We know well how people respond to leadership that is diverse.  My hope is that, at the conference, we will explore how churches based in various estates, and indeed churches everywhere, can draw more people of BAME heritage into leadership roles.”

The Conference will also consider the effects of Covid 19 and lockdown on estates ministry, with an opportunity to hear from practitioners Revd Jonathon Macy and Bishop Simon Burton-Jones (Bishop of Tonbridge, Diocese of Rochester) as stories of hope and challenge are shared.

To register your interest for more information contact:

revnickwalsh@gmail.com

To download the flyer click the link below:

NECN London 2020 – Save the Date

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

An invitation

Are you a church leader, community worker
or mission practitioner wondering what social distancing means for your work?
Are you wondering how others are coping?
If so, here’s an opportunity to connect and reflect together.
On Thursday 26th March at 8pm, we invite you to join us for a ‘Virtual Cuppa’; an online conversation to reflect on our physical, emotional and theological responses to the current Coronavirus situation.  We’ll offer some questions to guide discussion and there’ll be opportunity to think about how we might continue to support one another, going forward. Follow the link below to register and don’t forget to bring a brew!

Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-cuppa-tickets-100525291854

All best,

Andrew, Carmel and Anna
Urban Life Core Team