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National Youth Evangelism Conference

I would love to take the opportunity to both let you know about and invite you to the Youth Evangelism Conference, a one day conference that seeks to equip and empower leaders in evangelism, with and to young people.

As an official partner of the conference, we are delighted to announce that there is now 20% off tickets for Church of England leaders using the booking code YECCOFE19. Additionally if you book in a group of 3 or more you will receive 30% off. 

The conference happens twice, once in the north and once in the south.

YEC South - Sat 23rd February 2019 - 10am-4pm
C3 Centre, Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, CB1 3HR, UK

YEC North - Sat 23rd March 2019 - 10am-4.30pm
Valley Church, Fourfields, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 5YQ

The website has now been updated and you can find out more about the Youth Evangelism Conference and book tickets at www.theyec.uk

Jimmy Dale, National Youth Evangelism Officer, Evangelism & Discipleship Team, Archbishop's Council

Reminder: Give away Christmas HOPE

Christmas HOPE is a great gift to give home to home in parishes with an invitation to Christmas events. This 32-page, top quality, glossy magazine is packed with topical features, a Nativity story for families to read together, a game to play and a competition to enter. Preview the magazine at www.hopetogether.org.uk/christmas Order online at hopepublishing.org.uk/products/christmas-hope - a pack of 200 costs just £20 plus p&p.

 

The Magnify Collective

The vision behind Magnify is to give millennial women the chance to explore Christianity for themselves by challenging the stereotypes of faith as old-fashioned, disempowering and even dangerous.

 

We do this by producing content- digital and print- and running events that open up a conversation around faith, feminism and fashion, so that our audience can see the relevance of Christianity to the modern world and their everyday lives.

 

So, to enrich your outreach to millennial women this Christmas, check out our Christmas bundles which are available now on our website. Offering our magazines at a much-reduced rate, a Magnify bundle will give you a new and creative way to share the gospel and make the most of the evangelistic opportunity of Christmas. www.magnifycollective.com

 

Youth Director vacancy

HOPE are advertising a new vacancy for a Youth Director. Further details can be found on their website: https://www.hopetogether.org.uk/Groups/315409/Jobs.aspx

 

 

Blended Festival

500 people gathered at Ely Cathedral on Saturday 3rd November for the 4th National Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference, gathering around campfires inside and outside of the cathedral, for the Blended Festival.

Based in Ely Cathedral and surrounding buildings, ‘Blended’ had an immersive and experiential feel, as opportunities were given to listen, experience and share the ways in which Inherited Church and New Christian Communities can partner together to grow the Kingdom of God. Seminar and conversation themes were based on the Fresh Expression Journey (Listen, Love & Serve, Build Community, Explore Discipleship, Church Takes Shape, Do it Again) as well as key pioneer issues. Sessions took the form of Mainstage Conversations, Campfire Conversations, Pioneer Labs, Live Experiences plus a Woodland Prayer Area,  Marketplace. Premier were there on the day and recorded this short piece. https://www.premier.org.uk/Across-the-UK/London-East-and-South-East/Blended-Festival-2018-National-Anglican-Fresh-Expressions-Festival   For more information on Fresh Expressions visit www.freshexpressions.org.uk and Pioneer Ministry visit https://www.churchofengland.org/growing-pioneer-ministry

No rehearsal Nativity

Just in case you are looking for a no rehearsal Nativity service for your church/Brownies/Cubs/etc, here is a link to one which has been used in several churches over the years. It just requires a tiny bit of prep by the leader, but can be used by any number with absolutely no rehearsal at all!

 

http://www.going4growth.com/growth_through_the_year/christmas

 

Nativity Songs

The Education Team have worked with Same Boat Music, part of Out of the Ark music, to create a small e-songbook with 10 free Nativity songs for Christmas services or Nativity plays. You can access it here https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/church-of-england/ by creating an account and using the code REJOICEWITHUS18.

It’s ideal for churches with or without musicians as there are backing tracks as well as downloadable sheet music and lyrics.

We hope you enjoy using it.

 

 

New pioneer posts in the Diocese of York

The Ven Andy Broom, Archdeacon of the East Riding says:

 

We are looking for missionally minded Ministers, ordained or licensed lay workers - they will have pioneering gifts and some may have been ordained or commissioned formally as Pioneers. We anticipate that they will begin in post between Easter and September 2019, so we would welcome applicants from curates currently in their 3rd year, but also from those at other stages of ministry. We are currently advertising for 7 new posts whose purpose will be to reach and disciple those of this age and draw them into community – in most cases we imagine that this will be through the creation of New Worshipping Communities. These 7 will be joining a further 7 who we are recruiting internally from our own diocese and are part of a major strategic investment which will also see new resources put into lay pioneering; St Michael le Belfrey becoming a Resource Church plus a wide range of approaches to equip every benefice which chooses to respond to the invitation to reach 20s – 40s.

 

Details on the York diocesan website : www.dioceseofyork.org.uk/job-vacancies  For further details and to apply online, see our dedicated website: bit.ly/yorkstrategy

SharetheMiracle, Easter 2019

The ShareTheMiracle Station is a simple and effective way to help transform your community at Easter. Churches have noted its effectiveness at mobilising the entire congregation (regardless of age, experience... everyone can be kind), as a catalyst for starting conversations and building on existing relationships and something that has wider appeal e.g. with local papers etc See case study from St Katherines Church

 

There are no direct costs involved to run a station and ShareTheMiracle provide a resource pack with everything required.

There are 3 simple steps:

 

1.      Collect Easter Eggs

a.      Invite your Church community to donate chocolate eggs on the run up to Easter. Once registered (http://www.sharethemiracle.org/stations), we send a resource pack with everything that’s needed including promotional posters that can be printed out, emailed, put on social media etc. 

b.      Each Church decides the location and timings of when eggs can be dropped off

 

2.      Distribute collected Easter eggs to those in need in your local community 

a.      This is an opportunity to leverage existing community relationships and/or open new doors. Kindness is proven to be a great way to start a conversation! Loneliness, those with lived experience of mental ill health and disadvantaged young people are certainly three growing needs in many communities.

 

3.      Tell us what happened. 

a.      We ask that you share what happened to encourage and inspire others. This could be via our Facebook, Instagram and twitter sties, via email or, for the more adventurous, via a video!

 

The ShareTheMiracle Station is an easy, fun way for Churches across the country to reach out to their communities at Easter, why not sign up and get involved today.

 

Christmas HOPE magazine now available

The Christmas HOPE Magazine is now available.

 

This year HOPE are running a competition for schools to see if they can get them involved more than last year, details of which are below.  They are charging 10p a copy plus p&p as below:-

 

100 copies £6.50 plus 10p a copy

200 copies £9.50 plus 10p a copy

500 copies £22 plus 10p a copy

1,000 copies £40 plus 10p a copy

2,000 copies £80 plus 10p a copy

 

Prizes for schools

Schools who order and distribute Christmas Hope to at least 100 families in the school before Christmas will be entered into a competition to receive one of 20 £100 vouchers to spend at The Entertainer. To be eligible, place an order for copies of Christmas Hope at https://hopepublishing.org.uk/products/christmas-hope by 3 December 2018 using the code ‘Schools2018’ and requesting delivery to the school.

 

The deadline for schools to be eligible for a £100 Entertainer voucher is Monday 3 December 2018. Orders for the magazine must be placed by 5pm on Monday 3 December 2018 using the code ‘Schools2018’. The vouchers will be sent by the end of January 2019 to 20 schools selected at random from those ordering the magazine by that date.

 

If you need any more information please email sue.jennens@hopetogether.org.uk

Follow the Star

How can your church get involved in #FollowTheStar, our 2018 Advent and Christmas campaign?

Follow these links to find out more:

Resources - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/comment-and-features/how-can-your-church-get-involved-followthestar-our-2018

 

Logos - https://www.churchofengland.org/christmas

In this Light

 

In This Light is a collection of messages for Christmas written by the Archbishop and 47 of his friends and colleagues. Including contributions from John Kerry, Afua Hirsch, Jonathan Bryan, Sally Phillips, Bear Grylls, Grace, Anthony Ray Hinton, Jo Malone, Benjamin, Dr Agnes Abuom, Julie Etchingham and more. Journalists, politicians, priests, musicians, peace activists, actors, comedians, authors – people of different faiths and none, writing from across the world from South Korea to South Sudan, Australia to the UK, America to the Vatican. All royalties from the book will go to support the following wonderful organisations: Caring for Ex-Offenders, part of the ministry of Holy Trinity Brompton, Equal Justice Initiative, The Melanesian Mission and Charis Tiwala.

 

To pre-order please visit: https://www.waterstones.com/book/in-this-light/justin-welby/9780310100300

 

 

 

Outreach resources for Christmas

 

And even more new outreach resources are available for Christmas for churches through CPO at cpo.org.uk/christmas, and all the Church of England "Follow the Star" resources are available at www.churchprinthub.org

 

Peace and Hope Remembrance100 Event

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO VENUE AVAILABILITY

Please see below some information about the Peace and Hope Remembrance100 Event on the 4th November:

 

Called Faithful and Spiritual event, 10 November 2018

You are invited to an event at Gas St Church in Birmingham, which is aimed at young adults interested in ministry among people of different faiths. It’s going to be a really good day, with worship, teaching and seminars. Please feel free to pass on the details to anyone who might be interested.

For more details contact Mrs Debbie Browning: debbieb@cofebirmingham.com

 

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