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All About Unlock
All About Unlock


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Who are we?

Unlock is a Christian charity that was founded in 1972. It exists to help urban churches of any denomination to respond to the challenges in their areas. We are especially concerned with Bible engagement with 'traditional tabloid' ('non-book', 'oral learners', or 'text-shy') cultures.

What do we do?

As well as deploying our team of Unlock Local Partnership workers to enable local Christians reach and engage their communities, we publish a variety of group Bible study packs, and provide training. 'Unlock more than you think' and 'Unlock DIY' will give you more ideas about using Unlock’s methods.
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Gorleston Church - course in progress

Back in February 2020 (which seems like such a long time ago now!) Unlock' Chief Officer, Dawn Lonsdale, was interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk by Kirsteen Thorne. The interview expains what Unlock does and how we do it. You can listen to it here.

What don’t we do?

We don’t offer pre-packaged answers. Each group has to work creatively within its own unique situation, and we offer to assist in that process. What we do will depend on the need being felt. We’ll try to find someone from our team of workers to help you!

Unlock Stories -

> Mary's Moments (the story of a journey from relationship to
discipleship) >>

> The Heart of the Estate 2018 >>
> Unlock short stories >>

> An Unlock worker remembers >>

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> If Unlock is the answer, what is the question? >>

More information
> Unlock Mission Statement & Learning cycle >>

> Unlock Foundation Principles >>

> Some principles to follow and assumtions to avoid >>

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Sketch - Unlocking the door
Sketch - Unlocking the door
Unlock, by various names, has been around since 1972, trying to help (mainly) urban Christians to understand and share their faith appropriately. Our life experience matters; our stories; our joys and sorrows. The Bible has plenty to say - more than we'll ever know - about our lives if we know how to read it and apply it... if we know how to UNLOCK it!

Evangelism is social action because it is changed people that change the world - John Stott.

A story from Unlock Hull:-

Coming Out of the Kitchen:

“I remember an event about the Exodus and I didn’t want to be involved. I wanted to stay in the kitchen instead cos I thought that was my place. Andy dragged me out though and told me it was time for me to get out of the kitchen! He asked me if I’d ever had an experience of moving or escaping from somewhere. I told my story of how I moved from Hessle Road to Preston Road when I was 7 and how it  felt like entering the Promised Land.

water tap on a handbaisin

I’d never seen hot running water before or so much green space, or had an indoor loo! One memory of my sister is very clear; of her perched on a lorry with tea cosy on her knee and a kitten sitting in it. She was only little and she had a big beam on her face. We ended up keeping the kitten.


It felt good and bad to tell this part of my story. It was something I hadn’t thought of much. A forgotten memory. There was happiness in it but also some pain. It was the first time I realised that the Bible had anything to do with my life. Another woman talked about the time she left her husband. It was a healing thing for both of us.”