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Unlock Office Disruption

Our Unlock office lynchpin, Jenny Blake, is currently away from work for some long awaited elective surgery. The operation has gone well and Jenny is recovering well at home but will not be back in the office until early in July. Kevin and Dawn are doing their best to keep things on track in Jenny's absence but we are still partially furloughed and it may take us some time repond to any enquiries. Please e-mail or leave mssages on the office answerphone as usual but bear with us if our responses are not quite as swift and well delivered as Jenny's always are!

COVID 19

Both our office and local functions have been extensively disrupted by the pandemic, but we have used the time productivey. We have created a new suite of resources to help people to work through the impacts of 'The Year We Stayed at Home' . You can find them here http://www.unlock-urban.org.uk/resources_projects.php#bible_study_resources

We expect to pick up more of our usual local and national activties as restrictions area eased during 2021, including looking for new Local partnership and training events. Contact the office if you are interested.

Vacancies

No current vacancies.

Giving

COVID 19 has had a severe impact on our income and effectively wiped out anything we had to fall back on. Both the 2020 and 2021 Unlock London Walks, on which we depend for the bulk of our running costs, had to be run as virtual events. While the response in 2020 was generous and encouraging, the 2021 response has so far been very limited and concerning. Without a significant upturn in giving during the next few months the future of Unlock's work is in real danger.

You can donate here
http://www.unlock-urban.org.uk/support_donations.php

> How to leave money to Unlock in your will >>
> Unlock Legacy Giving Leaflet >>

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Resources

Resources

 

Latest Resources

  • The Year We Stayed at Home
  • Starter for Ten
  • Unlocking COVID timeline
  • The Heart of the Estate
  • What's the Buzz?
  • What Shall we do with the Women?
  • Keep Calm and . . .
  • Popcorn and Nachos
  • Pop Goes The Weasel
  • The Veronica Sessions
  • Unlocking the Prodigal

Unlocking the Prodigal Event and Resource.

This took place at Windy Nook in Gateshead and again in Heanor in May 2018.

> Unlocking the Prodigal poster with details >>
This is some of the feedback we received after the event:-

I chatted to the people who came and got overwhelmingly positive feedback. The gist of it was that it had taken a story they were very familiar with and helped them see it with fresh eyes - that it had helped it move from something they knew with their heads, to something that touched their hearts, and that it had provoked some deep and helpful conversations, arising out of the themes of the parable and the way it connected with their own lives and experiences.They saidit had been a lot of fun as well, and that the lunch was good!

I was asked some really good questions by church members, such as, "How can we do more of this, for ourselves?" and "How could we draw in those on the edges of the church, who don't already know the stories in the Bible, for something a bit like this?" I look forward to exploring what the answers to those questions might look like, in the months to come!

Our Lent course has had a very strong Unlock influence and it's been such a great experience.We are a church full of very practical, down to earth people who tend to be quite private about what goes on inside them and not have huge amounts of confidence.Unlock hasenabled usto share our experiences of prayer and God in a much moreopenway.That, in turn has led to a new courage and willingness to pray for and with one another, which makes me a very humble, grateful, happy Vicar indeed.

Projects

Exciting developments now in Woodhouse Sheffield.
> Bible Women project >>

Current Unlock Partnerships

Unlock Cardiff - Sharon Jenkins
Unlock Treeton, Rotherham - Carolyn Gower
Unlock Town End Farm - Currently Vacant

See Our Workers Page >> for up-to-date details of local partnerships

Unlock Local Partnerships

Next . . .  We always interested to hear from new places who would like to develop some Unlock work. We focus on urban commiuties. Contact the National Office if you want to know more.

Working with Theological Colleges

Unlock is in partnership with the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham , and is willing to explore the possibility of partnerships with other Theological Colleges and Ministry Training Programmes in the UK, particularly in regions where we already have local projects established.

Walk

Walk

The next Unlock London Walk will be on Saturday 28th April 2018 in Tottenham and Harringay.

The 2021 virtual Unlock London walk, is now featuring on our 'Unlock Support' page http://www.unlock-urban.org.uk/support_walk.php

We really hope that by 2022 we can get back to the real thing!

We are dependent on the income from the Unlock London walks for around 30% of our annual funding, and without that income Unlock will not be able to continue its valuable work; so we really need you to donate anyway, just as if the 2020 & 2021 walks were still happening. We hope that the online version of these walks will encourage you to do that.

More details on our London Walk Page >>

Prayer
Prayer

 

> Prayer page with Current Prayer Needs >>

Training

Training

Training can be arranged for local groups; see this leaflet and contact the Unlock Office for details.
> Unlock Training Leaflet >>

Midlands Urban Mission Training

The brochure below gives details of Urban Mission Training available in (or from) the Midlands and has been produced by a partnership of agencies brought together by the Urban Mission Development Project.
> Equipping Urban Christians>>

 

Sketch - Unlocking the door

Unlock Urban Mission Training Available -

Any organisation which engages in Mission on the margins is welcome to approach Unlock to provide training.

Unlock has provided training events for:-

  • Christians Against Poverty
  • Hull Community Church
  • Together Lancashire
  • Together Norfolk
  • Groomes-Shaftesbury (now Livability)
  • Jesus In The City
  • Blackburn, Liverpool, Peterborough & Chester Dioceses,
  • Queens College, Birmingham
  • Mirfield College,
  • Yorkshire Methodist Trainers
  • World Wide Scripture Engagement Congress
  • CPAS Falcon camps
  • Church Urban Fund
  • European Adult Educators Conference
  • Greenbelt
  • Message Trust/Eden
  • Birmingham Outer Estates Group
  • PCAN
  • Exeter University/Bible Society
  • Bristol Church Leaders
  • West Midlands Church Leaders
  • York Diocese

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Unlock T Shirts and baseball caps, which are on sale at Unlock London Walks, in a range of sizes and colours priced £6, are now available from the National Office (0114 293 9060, office@unlock-urban.org.uk) for £6 plus P&P. Please specify size and colour required.

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Unlock T shirts available from the Unlock National Office

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Donations from our supporters fund 87% of our work - they are vital to help us continue to develop local projects, & produce Bible study materials, workshops and consultancy.

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Pictures from Unlock London Walks

olympic stadium under construction

unlock walkers outside church

fabric shop

cobbled roadway and old brick buildings

Photography by Tim Watkins-Idle, Andrew West & Steven Lonsdale.

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