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

Mentoring for People Going Through the Discernment Process

Vocation Mentors

God calls people from all walks of life, and our ministers should reflect the society we are part of.

“We are working hard to support those from deprived backgrounds who are going through the discernment process by offering mentoring (https://www.churchofengland.org/mentors).

Feedback suggests that mentoring has built confidence amongst those from underrepresented groups.  But we need more mentors in order to make this as widely available as possible.  If anyone (ordained or lay but with some understanding of the discernment process) would be willing to volunteer for this role, we have training sessions available in March, May, July and September and a Mentor gathering with ++Justin at Lambeth Palace in November.

We would dearly love to have more mentors with estates experience to add to our resource here.  Any help you can offer would be invaluable”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please visit https://www.churchofengland.org/mentoring 

This link will give details of mentor training days around the country and there is a contact form to complete.

Vacancy – Evangelism Enabler

St Francis of Assisi
Real faith – Real lives – Real people

 

Evangelism Enabler (5 year Fixed Term Contract)

Full time – 35 hours per week Salary from £27,477

At St Francis Church we long to see South Strood transformed by the good news of God’s Kingdom and to help with that we are looking for an Evangelism Enabler to join our team.

The parish of St Francis in Strood Kent is home to some 15,000 people and is set to grow. The area the church is based in is one of relatively high deprivation and issues of loneliness, mental health, and disability, alongside children and older people living in poverty are all high.

We are seeking an Evangelism Enabler to lead and enable delivery of outreach and evangelistic activities and events in the estates immediately surrounding St Francis in order to grow the church.

Key Responsibilities:

• Establish a pattern of regular and one-off opportunities and events that enable the Good News to be shared

• Reach the areas and people who are as yet unknown to the worshipping community

• Develop good relationships with community stakeholders as well as the residents of the parish

• Work alongside the vicar and ministry team to shape and deliver the vision at St Francis, particularly that relate to the nature, needs and opportunities of the local estates

• Be part of the leadership of the church

• Build, lead and equip individuals and teams to engage in evangelism opportunities; including the development of a Messy Church in a local school, and small groups for unchurched and dechurched local people

Candidates will have a sense of calling with giftings as an evangelist, with a demonstrable track record of helping people find faith, and be skilled in encouraging others to mature and realise their God given gifts.
Successful candidates should have:

• An assured theological grasp of ministry in an urban area

• The ability to draw upon creative ideas to enable engaging and interesting events and opportunities for people to be part of

• An active and infectious prayer life

• And be a confident self-starter.

The post holder will, at times, be the public face of the church in Strood, it is considered that there is a Occupational Requirement (OR) for the postholder to be a communicant member of the Church of England, or of a Church in communion therewith or of a member Church of the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland or of Churches Together in England, or of a member Church of the Evangelical Alliance.

Ordained and Lay applicants are welcome. If you are ordained, please contact us to discuss the terms of the contract in advance of applying.

The appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

To apply, please go to: https://pathways.churchofengland.org/job/pathways/1564/evangelism-enabler

If you have any questions about the role or application process, please contact the HR department at recruitment@rochester.anglican.org

Closing date for applications: Friday 17 January 2020 Interviews to be held on: Tuesday 28 January 2020

We are recruiting – the Antioch Network

The Antioch Network are recruiting another Church Planter

If you are interested in reaching new people with the Gospel by starting a new church on a North Manchester housing estate, and if you’re moving to the city or already living within reach of it then please follow this link:

https://www.antiochnetwork.org.uk/news/21/we-are-recruiting