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.
The regeneration of Stockport is under-way and the churches are key partners in effecting change. The Parish of Stockport is also itself engaged in an exciting journey of missional development. We have a role for a 0.4FTE Associate Minister to assist those processes which we’re delighted to advertise. Do you feel called to work with us?
Part of a ministry team active across the centre of Stockport, in a parish that includes three worship centres, you will need a faith which speaks of love, joy, compassion, inclusion and welcome; a sense of humour and a flexible, team focused, can do attitude will also help.
Reporting to the Rector, Lynne Cullens, this is a generalist’s post but the role will lead for the parish on work with schools, children and families, both across the centre and in the estate church at Brinnington.
Informal discussion and/or parish visits warmly welcome. Please call Lynne on 07544 350692 or Sue in the parish office on 0161 429 6564.
Closing date: Sunday 8 March 2020
Interviews Thursday 26 March 2020
For further details in cluding an application form visit
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.”
“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.
Urban Life is a Christian organisation that has developed learning programmes to help groups reflect more deeply on their mission. The programmes are designed for people who work in urban areas and on the estates.
Groups meet to learn and reflect theologically on their practice and the encounters they have had. A Masters Degree programme is also available.
Urban life currently have spaces available on Experiments in Mission in the East Midlands with a taster session on the 13th February 2020 and a full start in March. Please click here for more details.