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Day of Prayer for Estates

by Michael Ford last modified 28 Feb, 2020 07:38 PM

This week saw a day of prayer for England’s social housing estates.

Monday marked the first anniversary of the 2019 General Synod motion to have a loving, worshipping, serving Christian community on every significant social housing estate in the country.

Almost 30 million people live in the 20% of Church of England parishes that have 500 or more social housing homes within them and have been called ‘estate parishes’. Half of ‘estate’ parishes currently have no Church of England Worship centre on, or immediately adjacent, to the social housing.

The Church of England’s Estates Evangelism Task Group (EETG) was formed in 2016 to renew the Church on social housing estates in both words and service. Inspired by the Nazarene Manifesto (Luke 4) – “I have come to proclaim good news to the poor” – the group, comprising estate practitioners and representatives of the National Church Institutions, works with the belief that the renewal of the Church will come from the margins and from the nation’s poorest and most forgotten people.

The EETG works with Diocesan leadership teams and para-church partner organisations, especially the National Estates Churches Network (NECN), to support those who are already working in estate contexts and to encourage planting and re-planting of worshipping communities and raising/training indigenous leaders.

The Estates Evangelism Task Group recognises the power of prayer and has recently joined in partnership with the Neighbourhood Prayer Network that aims for each of the 260,000 streets in the UK to be prayed for regularly, and last Saturday was the Day of Prayer for Estates.

Carl Brettle, CEO of Neighbourhood Prayer Network, said:

“Neighbourhood Prayer Network is passionate about seeing every street in the UK prayed for, whether that be in the urban or rural.

“To mark the first anniversary of the Church of England General Synod motion commending ministry on estates, we are delighted to champion the Day of Prayer for Estates.

“We are believing together as a network for every street to be transformed and delighted to see the Church of England leading this project to do that! We want you to pray for the difficult people in your community - that's where real change happens.”

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