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100 Days of Peace and Hope

HOPE, the charity which co-published The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, is coordinating this season of prayers for peace. Church leaders, Christian ministries, charities and members of the Armed Forces from Britain and the Commonwealth have provided prayers and suggestions for peace-making activities. These 100 Days of Peace and Hope have been collated online at They are available free to be used by individuals, churches and schools in villages, towns and cities across the UK to reflect on the losses of war, and to work and pray for peace.

In his introduction to 100 Days of Peace and Hope Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby writes, ‘From 4 August 2018, in churches across this country, let us mark 100 days with prayers for peace, hope and reconciliation.’

Rev Nims Obunge, The Queen’s Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and CEO of The Peace Alliance, explains the impact Remembrance 100 could have in communities: ‘Plan to organise a peace prayer event, community peace talks, a peace festival, a peace arts and poetry competition, peace projects and many more community building activities.’ 

FREE - "The Life" Gospels

27% of practising Christians said that reading the Bible was a key influence in our coming to faith, that’s why giving out a gospel can have an amazing impact.


The LIFE has an introduction by Archbishop Justin Welby and is Luke’s gospel in NIrV version so an easier reading age than the normal NIV.


If you want a free copy to have a look at first e-mail


You can order in bulk from CPO see below.


10 boxes: 1700 copies, free + 4p per copy for handling/delivery (£72 in total)


30 boxes: 5100 copies, free + 2p per copy for handling and delivery (£106.80 in total)


1 boxes: 170 copies, free + handling and delivery (£10.80)


The pallet deliveries are very large, so it is best for you to call CPO on the phone to arrange delivery, particularly where access or availability is limited. If easier you can also pay over the phone. Call 01903 263354 or email Theresa Kemp at


Remembrance 100 100 years, 100 days and two minutes of silence

On Sunday, 4 August 1918, the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, King George V and Queen Mary joined members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords for a special service at the Church of Saint Margaret, Westminster. The King had asked that 4 August 1918 should be observed as a National Day of Prayer. 

One hundred days later the war ended.

On 4 August 2018 churches across the country, across the spectrum of denominations, will start 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation, called Remembrance 100. 

Silence - a gift book for Remembrance

A commemorative booklet called Silence has also been produced for churches to give away at Remembrance events. Silence includes many of the familiar Remembrance epitaphs, poems and exhortations and aims to help all those attending Remembrance services to engage with God in the two minutes silence.

On Sunday, 11 November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will observe Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. Roy Crowne, HOPE’s executive director, says: ‘As well as reflecting on loss, this year also gives us the chance to look forward as we mark the end of World War 1 and pray for peace. We have set up Remembrance 100 in partnership with others, to help churches bring communities together to mark this significant point in our history. Already there are many ways in which communities, churches and schools can get involved.’

Click here to see a preview of Silence.

Talking Jesus the Course

Talking-JesuscoverTalking Jesus the course is out…

Watch the trailer


Six film based sessions for churches and small groups – inspiring Christians in confident evangelism amongst their family, friends and networks.


If you need post cards to help get the word out about this let us know by emailing


Here’s what one of our Mission Network had to say:

 ‘I have just watched all six Talking Jesus sessions back to back. You have done an excellent job. We shall be buying it for our parishes in Portsmouth Diocese with confidence and hope.’

Andrew Hargreaves, Mission Development Officer, Diocese of Portsmouth.


Associate Vicar roles

We are advertising for four new Associate Vicars for four of our newly designated Resourcing Churches.  These are four key roles around Leicestershire in both exercising senior leadership within existing, mostly larger churches, and helping them prepare to plant new churches.


The four profiles are all here: Also there are details of how to register for an overnight open day at the start of September (where we provide hotel, meals and transport for potential candidates as they meet with Bishop Martyn and other members of the Bishops Leadership Team on the wider vision, get to visit all four of the churches and meet the incumbents and staff teams).  Candidates can apply for up to two of the four roles using the same application form.


Revd Barry Hill     

Team Rector of Market Harborough Resource Church Team (half-time) & Diocesan Resource Church Enabler, Diocese of Leicester (half-time). 

Blended Festival now open for booking

Blended Festival

10am-4:30pm, 3rd November 2018 - Ely Cathedral

The Diocese of Ely are delighted to be hosting the 4th National Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference on the 3rd November 2018, of 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 is now open with 100 early bird tickets available until mid-August. The festival will include: inspiring pioneering stories, digital and print installations, prayer areas, a selection of short talks and talk backs, opportunity to try out new forms of church plus interactive sessions to explore what your discipleship, mission, pioneer or blended shape might be! Based in Ely Cathedral and surrounding buildings, all venues are located close to one another and have reduced mobility access. The Mainstage sessions will be signed by BSL interpreters and key festival information will be printed using dyslexic friendly fonts. Our stewardship team will also be on hand to assist with any specific needs. Book now via


First aid team at Soul Survivor

We are in desperate need of First Aid teams at all our events this summer.


We are looking for anyone in the medical profession or anyone with a First Aid at Work qualification. If they would like to help they can email or ring the office on 0303 333 1333. 


Here’s a link to our website with some more info about our First Aid team


The dates are:

Naturally Supernatural (Stafford):           Saturday 28th July-Thursday 2nd August

Week A (Stafford):                                         Saturday 4th August – Wednesday 8th August

Week B (Peterborough):                              Saturday 18th August – Wednesday 22nd August

Week C (Peterborough):                              Friday 24th August –Tuesday 28th August  


Germinate Leadership: October 2018 Germinate Leadership is a leadership development programme run by Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre.


                Germinate Leadership: October 2018

Every part of the Germinate Leadership programme is rooted in the opportunities and challenges of ministry in rural contexts and fosters a collaborative, ecumenical approach and a culture of continuing personal and professional development. It is expected that all participants, both lay and ordained, will leave as creative, entrepreneurial and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence.

The 18-month programme includes two residentials, programme days, a leadership style review, mentoring and work shadowing. A variety of learning styles are used and teaching incorporates wisdom and experience drawn from secular and church leadership spheres. The programme builds on lay and ordained ministry experience from across the denominations.

For more information, visit our website , email or phone 024 7485 3060.


Apply for the 2018 programme via our website here.


New National Evangelism posts


Passionate about building relationships, helping churches adventure and grow, and starting new places for new people?

The Methodist Church in Britain is searching for three innovative leaders to join our Evangelism and Growth staff team:

Pioneering and Church Planting Officer

Mission and Community Engagement Officer

Contemporary Apologetics Officer

**Officers could live in different places but must be able to be present 2-3 days/week in London and/or at Cliff College, as face-to-face teamwork will be an important part of the job.

The work is within/through Methodism, and so would require having or acquiring a knowledge base of how it works but applicants from other traditions are totally welcome/encouraged.


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.

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