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necn 2018 conferences

Dear Friends,

You can now book your place on NECN’s April Conferences.

‘Tooled Up: the Craft of Estates Ministry’

Blackburn Cathedral Monday 16th April 2018 10.00am-3.00pm
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Birmingham Cathedral Wednesday 18th April 2018 10.00am-3.00pm
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At the NECN Conference this year, we will be launching the Estates Church Toolkit, an online range of resources that we know work to help support ministry on social housing estates. We will also be sharing in stories from Estate Churches around the country.

The Conference days will begin with a welcome over tea and coffee as you arrive, followed by a keynote address by Revd Andy Delmege, the new Chair of NECN (Andy has been a parish priest in estate parishes for many years, is a member of the Estates Evangelism Task Group, and Urban Estates Missioner in Birmingham).

There will be presentations from Estate Churches, telling rich stories of their lives and their ministres and looking at what has helped them to flourish (as well as what has been difficult).

There will also be available, throughout the day, a Marketplace of organisations and groups who provide helpful resources for Estate Churches.

Midday Prayer will be followed by a sandwich lunch which is included in the cost of the Conference. The afternoon session will see a panel of estate practitioners, thinkers and influencers present and take questions from the floor.

The cost of the day will be £25 including a simple sandwich lunch – if that charge prevents anyone from attending then please contact NECN using the details below to discuss ways in we might support your attendance.

Both venues are wheelchair accessible on the ground floor, including toilet facilities. Queries, dietary preferences or any other specific requirements should be notified to us via email at lynne.cullens@nationalestatechurches.org or on 07544 350692.

We look forward to seeing you!

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estates evangelism podcasts

There are a good set of podcasts about estate churches, ministry and evangelism on the Church of England website here.  They are from October’s Estates Evangelism Conference (report here).  There will be news of the actions coming out of the Conference very soon.



‘Leading your Church into Growth’ for Urban Estates Churches
November 11, 2017, 12:35 pm
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‘Leading your Church into Growth’ for Urban Estates Churches

Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick from June 25th – 28th 2018

There is going to be a special LYCIG course, taking place at Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick from June 25th – 28th, tailored specifically to the needs of lay and ordained church leaders who work on urban estates.

LYCIG has always had a reputation as a resource which is effective for urban Churches, and in June we will be amending the content of the course in order to hear and meet the needs of estates practitioners.

The cost per place is £299 and often clergy can find this from their CME budget. However LYCIG is proven to be most effective when clergy bring with them one or two key lay leaders, and so if a parish sends both a lay and an ordained leader we will offer a total discount of £50.

It has been very exciting to see how the need to renew church life on our urban estates has risen up the agenda in recent years, and we believe that LYCIG can play a very useful role in offering some answers to the questions of how we sustain vibrant church life in this context. Please do get in touch if any of us can be of further assistance.

For more information or to book a place, please contact Tracy Hunt at info@leadingyourchurchintogrowth.org.uk

Yours sincerely

The Rt Revd Philip North

(Chair Estates Evangelism Task Group)

 

Canon Robin Gamble

(‘Leading your Church into Growth’)

 

The Revd Andy Delmege

(Chair National Estates Churches Network)

 



A Response to the ‘Church of the Poor’ Conference — Lynne Cullens
November 6, 2017, 9:17 am
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I have the privilege of serving with Lynne on the National Estate Churches Network Exec.  This blog piece is, I think, essential reading for all those involved with estate churches.

A Response to the Church of the Poor Conference 2nd & 3rd November 2017, Manchester I’ve just returned from an inspiring gathering of 35 individuals, organisations, research bodies and Churches drawn together by CAP in Manchester and described as some of the key influencers on poverty and the Church nationally. The event was convened with […]

via A Response to the ‘Church of the Poor’ Conference — Lynne Cullens



necn october news
October 26, 2017, 8:48 am
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Dear Friends,

I would like to update you on two important pieces of Estate Church News:

1. NECN’s next Conferences will be on April 16th in Blackburn and April 18th in Birmingham.  The theme is Tooled Up: The Craft of Estates Ministry.  We will be launching a toolbox of resources that we know work to strengthen and support Estate Churches in their ministry and mission.

Booking will open at the end of November.  Please save the date.  If you know any organisations that should be in the Marketplace at the Conferences, please let Andy or Lynne know.

2. Estates Evangelism Conference.  The Estates Evangelism Task Group, which NECN is a partner of, recently convened a Conference to build an ambitious agenda and alliance for ministry on estates.  This was excellent and hopeful.  There is a full report on Andy’s blog here.  There will be more news on the actions coming out of the Conference soon.  Please keep all those involved in your prayers.

With love and prayers,

Andy



urban estates mission enabler

I’m really happy to announce that I’ve been appointed to the part-time role of Urban Estates Mission Enabler within the Birmingham Diocese.  This will be alongside my ministry as Vicar of St Bede’s, Brandwood.  I will be working as part of Paula Gooder’s Mission and Learning Development Team.

I will be continuing a lot of what I have been doing over the past couple of years, including convening the Estates Group and overseeing Jesus Shaped People in the Diocese.  I will continue to Chair the National Estate Churches Network.

I am excited and humbled by this!  Please keep me in your prayers as this chapter of ministry unfolds.

More details on the diocesan website here



more estates reading

This article in the Church Times about the Church and class is very important:

Also, this post by Al Barrett after Grenfell Tower is important has includes some good links.