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National Estate Churches Network Update
November 27, 2016, 6:26 pm
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I’m reprinting this update from the National Estate Churches Network here – if you are involved in an Estate Church, let me know and I will put you on the mailing list. It would be good to work together.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am writing to you to update you on a few things following our Conferences, and to let you know our news.

1. Conferences: Practical Spirituality with Gillian Ahlgren.
The two Conferences were excellent.  Thank you to everyone who managed to attend.
Gillian’s Powerpoint Slides are available to view here: http://gillianahlgren.com/practicalspirituality/

At the Conferences, there was a lot of good discussion about practical ways of transforming our lives and communities.  Please could you email me any ideas you have on this (andydelmege@nationalestatechurches.org)
We will start to assemble a toolbox of things that we have found that have worked that can go on our website.

2. Looking Forward
As you will know, there has been quite a bit of change with NECN.  Bishop Laurie and Jane Winter have decided that the time is right for them to step back after many years of steering the Network.  There will be time to pay tribute to this in due course.

Andy Delmege will become our Chair and Lynne Cullens our Vice-Chair.

This comes at a time of considerable change in respect of the attitude to the Churches in regards to estates.  The Church of England is responding to the needs of Estate Churches with energy; there is now a Reform and Renewal Committee headed up by Bishop Philip North on Estates and Evangelism.  This has come up with a considerable and good programme of work, which you can see on p.3 of Netlink here: http://www.nationalestatechurches.org/NetLink%20Autumn%202016.pdf

NECN will be working closely with the CofE Group, offering our experience and presence.  Bishop Philip has become part of our Exec and Andy Delmege will be part of the CofE Group.  NECN, of course, brings a lot to this, not least our ecumenical character and our independence.

The Programme of the CofE Group is developing and it is extremely helpful to have as much feedback as possible from people in Estate Churches.  If you have any comments or ideas, please send them to Bishop Philip (bishop.burnley@blackburn.anglican.org)
or Andy Delmege (andydelmege@nationalestatechurches.org)

It has also been wonderful to see the Methodist Church responding to Estates through Michael Hirst’s Poverty, Place and Presence Report:
https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/theologyandministry/TheologyandMinistry4_4.pdf.

3. Consulting You
As well as asking your views on the CofE process, we are asking for your ideas and feedback on NECN as it moves forward.  This questionnaire is in the current NetLink, and it would be helpful to us to hear from as many of you as possible.

We would very much welcome your response to the following questions (please circle the relevant response and add any comments you wish).

1. To what extent does NECN currently support your work, ministry or mission to those living and worshipping on estates? (1 being ‘not at all’, 10 being ‘fully’)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

2. If you have attended an NECN conference how helpful did you find it in supporting your mission and ministry to those involved in estate based Churches or in urban ministry generally? (1 being ‘not helpful at all’, 10 being ‘exceptionally helpful’)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

3. What form of support, resource or network activity might NECN develop or provide that would assist you in your work, mission and ministry to those facing issues of urban disadvantage, particularly on estates?

Please respond to Lynne Cullens, 14 Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe CW2 8AA or email lynne.cullens@nationalestatechurches.org. For a chat about any of the issues raised above please call Lynne: 01270 569000 or 075 4435 0692.

4. News

Taunton Conference. Following on from the CofE Conference on Estates Evangelism in York last March, David Maggs is organizing a Conference aimed at people in the South and Wales in Taunton on February 22nd.  More information from David (david.maggs@bathwells.anglican.org)

If anyone has any other Conferences or publications which are relevant to NECN, please let us know.

Similarly, if you want to advertise any Estate Church jobs and vacancies. please let us know.

Finally, if you have any news and stories, issues and concerns about your estates work, we are always happy to consider these for publication in NetLink.  Please send them to Judith.wray@nationalestatechurches.org .

Thank You once again for all your support of NECN and its progress.

With love and prayers

Andy Delmege

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