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Blended Festival

Blended Saturday 3rd November, 10am-4pm, Ely Cathedral.  

 The Diocese of Ely are delighted to be hosting the 4th National Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference on the 3rd of November which this year will feel more like a festival. Based in Ely Cathedral and surrounding buildings ‘Blended’ will have an immersive and experiential feel. It will explore how Inherited Church and New Christian Communities can partner together. Booking will open later in the year. Look out for more details at and   The festival will include: inspiring pioneering stories, digital and print installations, prayer areas, a selection of mainstage talk backs, ‘campfire conversations’ on topical pioneer issues, opportunity to try out new forms of church in our ‘live zones’  plus interactive sessions to explore what your discipleship, mission, pioneer or blended shape might be!


Future Present Kickstarter launches

This is a zine that contains articles from a pioneer conversations day. We decided to self publish a full colour zine rather than go the book route and are trying to fund the print run through presales on kickstarter.

The page is here which has more info on -

Sports Factory opportunities

I am emailing you to see whether you knew anyone who might be interested in getting involved in a really exciting initiative we are running in Norwich. The Sports Factory  has been going for 3 years and we as a team are seeking to share our faith in Jesus, through sport, with people who don't currently come to church. We have 5 internship places on offer, to grow and develop new sports ministers for the future. Please see the video below for more details...

Another exciting area of growth is our children and youth departments - we are increasing the number of schools we interact with and holiday clubs and trips are also gaining momentum - and consequently more people are hearing about Jesus too. We would love to see all of this work grow - not just at St Thomas Church but in other churches across the country. There might be someone you know who would be up for coming to Norwich for a year and being trained in sports ministry and then return to your local church to set up a Sports Factory or equivalent with you?  


Please forward this as appropriate and feel free to get in touch with or   if you have any questions.

The Bible Course

View the website for more information. Under ‘Try it’ you can view the full video content for session 1 which gives a flavour for those interested.

NECN April Conferences

‘Tooled Up: the Craft of Estates Ministry’

Blackburn Cathedral Monday 16th April 2018 10.00am-3.00pm
Click here to book

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.

4th National Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference

The Diocese of Ely are delighted to be hosting the 4th National Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference on the 3rd of November which this year will feel more like a festival. Based in Ely Cathedral and surrounding buildings ‘Blended’ will have an immersive, interactive and experiential feel. It will explore how Inherited Church and New Christian Communities can partner together. Booking will open later in the year. Save the date! Look out for more details at and

Church Army Evangelism Exploration Days

With the number of increasing jobs becoming available at Church Army they are hosting a day where you, or someone you know who may be interested, can come and learn more about Church Army- who they are, their work, values and the opportunities to work with them.  The dates are the 6th and 7th of April and it will be held in their centre in Sheffield. All of the costs for accommodation and travel will be covered. Please see the advert attached and the link for booking:

National Weekend of Invitation

Some 3 million people would be willing to accept an invitation to church. That’s what research from Tearfund shows. More than that, many who are open to saying ‘yes’ are already in contact with those who could invite them.
But it is not happening. And it represents one huge missed opportunity.
That’s why your church should join in with The National Weekend of Invitation. Running from Friday 15 to Sunday 16 June, it offers the opportunity to hold an event or service to personally invite people to ‘be our guest.
Better still, there’s a simple preparation programme to help church members face their very real fear of inviting. All the information you need – including free videos to download – is waiting for you here.

Director of Mission Job Advert- Ely Diocese

Ely Diocese are recruiting for a Director of Mission. For more details please click here: Please do let anyone who you think may be interested know too!


Latest issue of Anvil

The latest issue follows on from a campaign CMS have been running called ‘mission is…’ which explored peoples ideas about mission. You can read, link to, download individual articles or the whole thing and there are video interviews to boot of about 5 minutes each. And crucially it’s free and available to anyone online. 

Visit: is the UK's 'one-stop-shop' website for finding bereavement support.

The things it can offer the Church are:
i) a specially designed website for signposting the bereaved to support services specific to their situation and location (plus cards for handing to mourners etc at funerals about the site)
ii) training and materials in supporting teenagers through loss, both within the church and outside in local secondary schools
iii) support weekends for bereaved young adults (18-30)
iv) support gatherings for bereaved men
v) workshops in Becoming a Bereavement Friendly Church and Faith Questions in Bereavement.

For more information visit:

New CEO appointed to Germinate

The Revd Claire Maxim, Rector of the villages of Ludgershall and Faberstown in the Diocese of Salisbury, will be the CEO of Germinate after the retirement of Jerry Marshall in 2018.

Claire was originally an engineer, has an MBA from Henley Business School, a Diploma in Applied Theology from The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham, and is studying for a Professional Doctorate at the Centre for Rural Ministry Studies at the University of Warwick.

“Claire’s appointment was a unanimous decision from a field of exceptionally strong candidates,” said Chairman Howard Petch. “We are thrilled that Claire accepted the offer to be the next CEO of Germinate and to build on the foundations laid under the leadership of Jerry Marshall.”

Germinate ( is the churches’ rural resource centre. The organisation helps rural communities flourish by encouraging and equipping local churches for mission and ministry, providing a wide variety of resources including leadership training, rural learning communities, conferences and the magazine Country Way

Talking Jesus

There is a new talking Jesus booklet available that is short, punchy, practical and suitable to build confidence in faith sharing amongst normal Christians.

It summaries the statistics of both the adult and youth research, it has stories of people coming to faith and helps people to take new steps to share their faith because of the encouragement of the research.

Go to to see a pdf of the booklet and to order them for churches.

We have also re-written a more detailed version of the leader’s book, this is available to download for free as well. This would be useful for church leaders and others who want to understand the data in more detail.

There is a short power point of the amalgamated findings of both Adult and Youth talking Jesus follow this link:

Finally the Big Mapping research that I shared with you at MNSG is also available in a power point.

These are the top messages from the latest big church mapping research to help shape strategy:

  1. 0 – 4’s REALLY matter. How we parent, how we do church with them, the youngest members of our churches MATTER they are choosing faith at this formative age. (40% of practising Christians say they came to faith aged 0 – 4)
  2. School age children are choosing faith or not. This gives us great opportunities to help them discover Jesus for themselves.  Experience matters at a young age, it’s not just knowledge.
  3. 76% of practising Christians come to faith by age 18.
  4. Churches other than the CofE are better at reaching adults than we are.
  5. Young people leave us from the age of 11 – 18. We need to create spaces that nurture and keep them in the faith (family, church, school)
  6. Young adults leave us up to age 24 but if we can keep them through these tough years they are likely to stay with us. So helping them do church in a way that makes sense to them matters.
  7. D – E profession people tend to be reached in later life between 24 – 35
  8. Our lowest represented class group is C2
  9. We hardly reach anyone aged over 55
  10. 43% of London’s practising Christians are BAME

New Issue of Anvil

This issue of Anvil  has a theme of pioneering on estates and new housing developments.

Church in Life. Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology

Michael Moynagh’s Church in Life. Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology  breaks new ground by proposing a framework for thinking about innovation in the church, by arguing that new ecclesial communities should be at the centre of the church’s life and thought, and by offering new theology and methodologies for church planting. It has been warmly commended by The Very Rev’d Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church, Oxford), Rev’d Dr Andrew Davison (co-author of For the Parish) and Rev’d Canon Dave Male (National Advisor for Pioneer Development), as well as by a number of fresh expressions practitioners. 

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