Inspiring Everyday Faith Webinar

Inspiring Everyday Faith

Inspiring Everyday Faith: Accelerating Change 

Thursday 25 June 2020, 12.00 – 1.45pm 

 

  • How do leaders help steer churches through adaptive change?

 

  •    How do whole church communities become invested in a corporate sense of mission?

 

  • How do church cultures better enable and engage Christians in our Kingdom callings?

 

Such questions are at the forefront of many conversations at this time. The good news is that we are not short of options in how to support leaders and churches through times of accelerating change. This webinar will feature insights on how to lead well in times of accelerating change with contributors from The Arthur Rank Centre, CPAS, Jesus Shaped People, LICC, Mother’s Union and more.

 

Thousands of churches all over the country are engaged in nurturing cultures to inspire everyday faith. This webinar looks specifically at the role Christian agencies and networks play as strategic partners for dioceses and close accompaniers for worshiping communities.  It will feature practical examples of processes for transformation in worshipping communities and in enabling change through investing in collaborative leadership.

 

The Inspiring Everyday Faith webinar series shares ideas, innovations and insights from the work of Setting God’s People Free.  SGPF was set up in 2017 to coordinate work across dioceses to better enable the whole people of God to live out our faith in everyday life.  This work involves supporting worshiping communities to better engage in the task of inspiring everyday faith, adapting through small shifts and adopting new practices.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Reality Same Mission booklet launched for Churches Today

Estate Church Mission

We’re pleased and excited to announce the launch today of a new URC resource booklet ‘New reality, same mission: A stimulus to renewed community engagement as we emerge from the pandemic’:

https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3483-new-reality-same-mission-churches-encouraged-to-renew-community-engagement-as-we-emerge-from-the-pandemic

 

The resource is complementary to the Ready for the new ‘normal’ booklet produced last month by the URC Synod Moderators, and uses questions in that paper as its starting-point. It was put together by a small team from the Mission and Discipleship departments, along with three URC Church Related Community Workers and Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty.

 

The booklet offers a process for exploring questions of community presence and engagement and social justice in the “new normal” and developing new priorities for mission and ministry. Reflection is also invited about the kind of society and economy that we want to rebuild after the pandemic. It features examples of how churches around the UK are already an active presence in their communities in many different ways, and points to resources and organisations that can provide advice and support.

 

The booklet can be downloaded via this link: https://urc.org.uk/images/Communications/docs/New-reality-same-Mission.pdf.

Please have a read and if appropriate, please circulate it around your colleagues and networks; it’s a natural part of our URC-DNA to be as ecumenical as possible.  I’ll also be interested in your response about the booklet.

 

The resource will be accompanied by some conversation-starter videos and, in a few weeks, a webinar to enable to discussion to continue. Further details will be available at: https://urc.org.uk/same-mission

 

We hope it proves a useful resource for individuals, churches and church leaders, and an encouragement as we seek to discern how to use our time, resources and energies to offer prophetic hope in uncertain and challenging times.

Steve Summers | Church Related Community Work (CRCW) Development Worker

(On behalf of Simeon Mitchell, Simon Peters, Niall Cooper, Marie Trubic, Simon Loveitt, Katy Ollerenshaw, and Sam Richards)

Free Webinar for Churches Responding to Homelessness

This is a  call to alms – Zoominar with the Rt Rev Bishop Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington.

Free webinar – Wednesday 3rd June, 3 or 6 pm

For Churches wanting to engage with the homeless in response to COVID-19

To register for this event please visit:

https://www.hopeintoaction.org.uk/a-call-to-alms-zoominar

Why do churches need to be concerned?

Thousands of ‘rough-sleepers’ have been moved off the streets into hotels. But where will they go next? Night-shelters may not be deemed safe to re-open. Additionally unemployment is up by over 1 million. Domestic violence up.

Homelessness charity

Vicar wanted! St John’s Bransholme, Hull

 

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:

https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/job-vacancies

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 https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–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 https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–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 https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–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.

Proximity Conference is moving on line!

Proximity Conference

 

Dear Friends,

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.

God bless,

Sarah Small

Head of Eden at The Message Trust

Join us ONLINE for Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference

Join us ONLINE for Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference

 

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.

Date:
Thursday 25 June

Timings:
Morning main sessions

Afternoon interactive options

(more details to follow)

Format:
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.

Book on now to get the early bird rate.

With every blessing and prayers for you and your families at this time,

Bishop Ric and the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication

Book tickets

Multiply: 2020 Church Planting Conference
Online Tickets

Early bird: £20
(ends midnight of 30/04/2020)

Full price: £25

Group ticket for team of 10: £75

Ordinand/Student: £10

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.

Associate Minister for Stockport and Brinnington (0.4FTE)

St Mary's Stockport

 

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

https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/diocesan-vacancies/associate-minister–stockport.php

Applications to Pat.pugh@chester.anglican.org

Reaching the Unreachable 2020 Conference Summary Video

Reaching the Unreached 2020 Conference summary

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.”