If you are interested in how Christians are living and ministering in the Housing
Estates of the UK then you’ve arrived at the website for you. Welcome to the NECN
– that’s the National Estate Churches Network – which links together Christians of
all denominations in order to support and learn from one another.
There is no membership fee so just send your name and email address and you’ll get
our regular free eNewsletter and other information about our events, resources,
groups, seminars, links and a lot more. Hear the stories of Christian housing
estate ministry, and if you would like to tell us your story, we’d love to hear.
Thanks for joining us – click the links to see more.
Bishop Laurie Green
What’s NECN for?
Housing Estates are often ‘forgotten’ areas, but already we’ve helped put them back
on the ‘Urban Ministry’ map! We continue to speak out so that decisions about Estates
are not always made by those who know nothing about them. In some of these areas,
the Churches are the only agencies who really represent the locals, with even the
clergy living right there, where it matters.
What do we do?
All around England local regional groups offer mutual support and send a representative
to our national Steering Group. In this way, we are active at national and local
level. We organise conferences at various locations and publish booklets on subjects
crucial for our members. We share our expertise and our problems, learn from one
another and glory in what God makes possible on our Estates.
How it got started
In 1998 a conference was sponsored by the Methodist Church and the Church of England.
Since then many other denominations have joined in – all are welcome, and especially